Breast of Chicken with Goat Cheese, Basil & Mint

Breast of Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Basil & Mint on Luncheon Plate

It’s picnic season once again—hallelujah!–and I’m perusing my culinary files for dishes that lend themselves to packing into a cooler and heading to the beach or mountains. This is one of those dishes.

I also love having it on hand in the frig for everyday snacking. Thinly sliced, it makes a fantastic sandwich. But perhaps its most glamorous role is as the star of a composed luncheon plate or the centerpiece of an appetizer buffet.

Fire-Spiced Chicken with Wild Honey & Lemon Glaze

Fire-Spiced Chicken with Wild Honey & Lemon Glaze

MauiJim has been whining for chicken for weeks. WHINING! LIKE A BIG FAT BABY! Since a day or so after he ate all of the last batch of LunaCafe’s Spicy Fried Chicken, in fact.

Chicken Sauté with Caramelized Apples & Toasted Hazelnuts

Saute of Chicken with Apples and Hazelnuts

This dish evokes the country-style cooking of countless generations of women feeding their families on the bounty of their own farms and surrounding countryside. As is often the case with foods found growing together in the same region, apples and hazelnuts have a happy affinity for one another. Add a creamy mustard sauce to the mix, along with a succulent chicken, and you have a sensational meal.