Chicken with Gorgonzola
Roquefort Chicken

For Patrick’s birthday I wanted to make him something a little special since it was a work night and we were just celebrating at home. He LOVES blue cheese so when I saw Bobby Flay’s recipe for chicken breasts with roquefort on the New York TimesCooking app I had to make it. I couldn’t get roquefort so I used gorgonzola and it was still delicious.

It couldn’t get skin-on, boneless chicken breasts so I ended up de-boning the breasts myself – this is a HUGE pain. You can’t use regular chicken cutlets because you need the skin to hold in the blue cheese butter so my recommendation, if you aren’t up for de-boning the breasts yourself, is to go with bone-in breasts and roast them for a bit longer – probably 20 minutes or so. Make a small slice into the thickest part of the breast and if it is white and the juices run clear it is finished.

¼ cup clover honey
½ cup aged sherry vinegar
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
8 TB. (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature)
¼ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese at room temperature
4 skin-on boneless chicken breasts, 8 ounces each
2 TB. canola oil
4 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the butter and blue cheese in a small bowl until well blended, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Using your fingers, gently loosen the skin from the chicken breasts and stuff about 1 heaping tablespoon of the blue cheese butter under the skin of each breast, smoothing the skin to evenly distribute the butter over the surface of the breast meat. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in large ovenproof sauté pan over medium heat until it begins to shimmer. Put chicken in the pan, skin-side down, and cook until fat renders and skin is golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Turn chicken and add four rosemary sprigs to pan. Place in oven and roast until breasts are just cooked through, about 5 minutes longer.

While cooking the chicken, put honey in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until lightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar and cook until reduced and thickened, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Remove pan from oven and heat broiler. Spread the remaining butter over the tops of each breast and place under the broiler until golden brown and blistered.

Remove each breast to a plate, spoon some of the pan drippings over each breast and immediately drizzle with some of the honey/vinegar. Garnish with rosemary.

Roasted Potatoes with Green Beans

A simple side dish, that depending on how you look at it, either lightens up a typical potato dish or makes a side of green beans a bit heartier.

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6 medium red or yukon gold potatoes, sliced thinly
1 lb. green beans, ends trimmed
2 TB. olive oil
salt and pepper

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss potatoes and green beans in olive oil and salt and pepper to taste and spread on a baking sheet (you may need two so the vegetables aren’t on top of each other). Roast for 20-25 minutes, checking them after 15 minutes to make sure the potatoes don’t burn.