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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) A great dinner out is a favorite way to spend Valentine’s Day, but a home cooked meal can be even more romantic! Impress your date with a beautiful dinner from Gary Saulter, author of “Recipes I’ve Stolen.”

French Town Chicken
Serves 4
French Town Chicken







  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless and trimmed, organic if possible
  • EVOO or grape seed oil combo
  • Spinach (small bunch or package)
  • 2 oz. pine nuts
  • 3 oz. Feta cheese
  • Flour, 3 eggs, and bread crumbs for coating
  • ½ pint heavy cream
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 oz. sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp. pesto


  1. Pound chicken breasts flat, S+P, or you can split them open.
  2. Arrange spinach leaves on inside of chicken, covering breasts.
  3. Sprinkle pine nuts and Feta cheese.
  4. Roll chicken breast tight.
  5. Make 3 bowls for flour, egg wash and bread crumbs.
  6. Add 1 Tbsp. heavy cream or buttermilk to the egg wash
  7. Dip in seasoned flour.
  8. Then egg wash and bread crumbs.
  9. I find it best to then take the rolled chicken and place on individual pieces of plastic wrap and twist into little chicken rolls.
  10. Put breaded chicken in hot oil for 10 minutes, turning to brown.
  11. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done. Check internal temperature with the thermometer. It should read 160 degrees.
  12. In saucepan, add heavy cream, sundried tomatoes, kosher salt, and 2-3 Tbsp. of pesto.
  13. Heat and serve over chicken.

Learn Gary’s cooking secrets at a cooking class on Friday, February 20. It takes place at Thought Design Learning Studio in Rockford from 6:30 to 9:30. It is $50 per person, and you can sign up online.

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