Prune, pecan and celery stuffed chicken

Pancetta and prune stuffing makes everyday chicken into a great dinner-party dish.

Serves 4


  • 1 stick celery, trimmed and diced
  • 30g/1¼oz pecan nuts, chopped 75g/3oz
  • California prunes, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 slices pancetta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4. Mix together the celery, pecans, prunes, pepper and sage in a small bowl. Make a slit in each chicken breast and stuff each one with the prune mixture. Stretch 2 slices of pancetta with the back of a knife, place a chicken breast on top and wrap the pancetta around it. Repeat with the remaining pancetta and chicken breasts. Place the stuffed breasts on a non-stick baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Serve with a green salad or vegetables of your choice.

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