Get A Taste Of Mario Batali’s Cheesy Stuffed Chicken
Mario Batali was raised in Seattle, attended high school in Madrid and studied the golden age of Spanish theater at Rutgers University. Soon after graduating, Mario enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in London, his first formal culinary training. But after a few short months, he withdrew to apprentice with London’s legendary chef Marco Pierre White. Today, Mario is one of the most recognized and respected chefs worldwide. He, along with Joe Bastianich has created a successful restaurant and culinary empire that spans New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Given below is one of his chicken specialties which is sure to keep your guests asking for more.
Herb-and-Cheese-Filled Chicken Thighs
- 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
- 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese (4 1/2 ounces)
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup grated Provolone cheese (1 1/2 ounces)
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped basil
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
- 16 boneless chicken thighs with skin (about 5 ounces each)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 450°. In a medium bowl, combine the fresh bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, Provolone, chopped basil, chopped parsley, lemon zest and rosemary. Set the chicken thighs, skin side down, on a work surface and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Mound 1/4 cup of the herb-and-cheese filling on each thigh. Fold the sides of the thighs over the filling to enclose it and tie each chicken thigh in 2 or 3 places with kitchen string. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
Arrange the stuffed chicken thighs on a large, rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes, then discard the strings and serve.
N.B: The uncooked, stuffed chicken thighs can be refrigerated overnight. Let them return to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.
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