Wild Rice Stuffed Chicken Breast: A Delicious and Elegant Dish

Do you want to impress your guests with a mouthwatering and elegant dish? Look no further than this Wild Rice Stuffed Chicken Breast recipe. Imagine a juicy chicken breast stuffed with flavorful wild rice and sausage, topped with a creamy chive sauce. It’s a culinary masterpiece that will leave everyone craving for more.

A wild rice stuffed chicken breast on a plate. It is covered in a Dijon chive cream sauce, and there are asparagus spears beside it.

Many years ago, we experienced the disappointment of a poorly executed version of this dish at our wedding. The chicken breast was overcooked and lacking seasoning, leaving us with a taste reminiscent of hospital food. Determined to rectify this, we created our own version of Wild Rice Stuffed Chicken Breast, and it turned out to be everything we had hoped for.

Since then, we have perfected the recipe, making it a little different each time to add our personal touch. And now, after years of experimentation, we are ready to share the exact measurements and instructions to recreate this culinary delight.

Ingredients for Wild Rice Stuffed Chicken Breast

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about the key ingredients:

Chicken Breasts

We recommend using medium-sized, boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. They are easy to stuff and provide the perfect portion size for a satisfying meal. However, if you prefer, you can use the stuffing to stuff a turkey breast, adjusting the cooking time accordingly.

Wild Rice

For the best flavor, we advocate for using high-quality wild rice from small producers rather than mass-produced varieties from the grocery store. We have fallen in love with the wild rice from Canadian Pure Wild Rice, which offers exceptional quality. If it’s accessible to you, treat yourself to the good stuff!

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Sausage

When we first developed this recipe, we used Kielbasa sausage, and it has remained our go-to choice ever since. However, feel free to use any smoked or cooked sausage of your liking. If you opt for a raw meat sausage, like Italian sausage, we recommend browning it before using it in the rice mixture.

Chicken Broth

To infuse the rice with a rich flavor, we suggest using chicken broth instead of water. Low-sodium chicken broth works best as it allows greater flexibility in adjusting the salt level. Alternatively, you can use mushroom broth, which harmonizes beautifully with the other ingredients. If you don’t have ready-to-use broth, you can use water with bouillon cubes or powder.

A bag of Canadian Wild rice, sitting on a stovetop.

How to Make Wild Rice and Sausage Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Now, let’s get to the exciting part – preparing this incredible dish. Here is a step-by-step guide:

  1. In a rice cooker, combine chicken broth, wild rice, and chopped Kielbasa sausage. Cook until the rice is tender and fully cooked.

    Wild rice and sausage in a rice maker, before and after cooking.

  2. Remove the rice mixture from the heat and fluff it with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set it aside or chill it for later use.

  3. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Trim the chicken breasts if necessary and pat them dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

  5. Using a sharp knife, cut a pocket into the thickest part of each chicken breast, making sure not to cut all the way through.

    A knife being used to cut a slit in a chicken breast.

  6. Stuff each chicken breast with the prepared wild rice mixture.

    A hand is stuffing a chicken breast with wild rice.

  7. If needed or desired, use toothpicks to secure the opening of the pocket.

    Two stuffed chicken breasts before and after being closed shut with toothpicks.

  8. Place the stuffed chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Cooking time may vary based on the size of the chicken breasts.

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While the chicken is cooking, let’s prepare the delightful Chive Cream Sauce.

How to Make Chive Cream Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.

  2. Whisk in chicken broth concentrate and Dijon mustard until smooth. Add the heavy cream, stirring well to combine.

    A 4 part image showing the first few steps of the sauce coming together.

  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow it to gently simmer for about 10 minutes until slightly thickened.

  4. Add sour cream and whisk until smooth. Stir in the chives and season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Sour cream and chives being added to the cream sauce and stirred in.

  5. Keep the sauce warm until serving.

To serve this delectable dish, plate the cooked chicken breasts and drizzle them with the luscious chive cream sauce. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired and watch as your guests marvel at this culinary masterpiece.

A wild rice stuffed chicken breast on a plate. It is covered in a Dijon chive cream sauce, and there are asparagus spears beside it.

A wild rice stuffed chicken breast on a plate. It is covered in a Dijon chive cream sauce, and there are asparagus spears beside it.

A wild rice stuffed chicken breast on a plate. It is covered in a Dijon chive cream sauce, and there are asparagus spears beside it.

A wild rice stuffed chicken breast on a plate. It is covered in a Dijon chive cream sauce, and there are asparagus spears beside it.

Indulge in the sublime flavors of this Wild Rice Stuffed Chicken Breast and elevate your culinary skills. With the perfect balance of tender chicken, flavorful rice, and creamy sauce, this dish is sure to impress even the most discerning palates. For more delicious recipes and culinary inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.