Cherry it up Chicken with Harvest Grains

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Trader Joe’s has become one of our favorite stores. If you are looking for something unique and different to add you dinner menu, then this is the place to check out. Trader Joe’s is the store that turned me onto this product that I used in this recipe. One cup of this hearty, nutty mix is full of whole grain power. Below is a link the product. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, check out the international section of your local market. Most markets will have some variety from which you can choose. You can also buy your own selection of grains and create your own harvest blend.

Ingredients:Cherry it up Chicken with Harvest Grains

  • Harvest Grains Blend (blend of Israeli style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa)
  • 2 skinless chicken breast
  • 4 oz of brie, divided into 2oz pieces
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • poultry seasoning
  • olive oil


Preheat your grill or grill pan on medium heat.  Find the thickest part on the side of the chicken breast.  Using a knife, create a “pocket”.  Move slowly and cut carefully, making sure not to slice all the way through the breast or your fingers.  Once you have made your opening, “stuff” each opening of your chicken with cherries and 2 oz of cheese.  Use tooth picks to “sew” back the pocket and create a seal.  Season both sides with dusting of poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.  Drizzle with olive oil and grill on medium heat for 7 – 8 minutes on each side.  Remember to cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165. 

Harvest Grains



Preheat a sauce pan over medium heat, add broth and season with salt.  Bring to a boil.  Add in shallot, garlic and grains. Reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and sit uncovered for about 5 minutes.  Add cherries and fork mixture together to fluff.  Enjoy!

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