Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Fig Jam, Caramelized Onions, and Parmesan

Inspiration: I adore fig jam. And contrary to my old self of a few years ago, I adore sweet and savory main dishes. It seems to me that fig jam was really made for such applications, and I think it pairs particularly well with chicken (and cheese, for that matter – Parmesan, goat cheese, bleu cheese…).

What we Loved: This dish was just what I hoped it would be. Sweet and gooey fig jam; wonderfully bronzed, caramelized onions; and nutty, rich Parmesan. Those three ingredients really married together so well for a wonderful filling, and we thought that the chicken was really a perfect pairing for such a filling. Its mild flavor really let the stronger, richer flavors of the other ingredients shine. We paired this with some lima beans with a pat of butter and some salt and pepper for a simple, elegant meal.

Helpful Hints: Make sure not to overcook your chicken, which is easy to do when you’re baking boneless, skinless chicken breasts – they go from moist and delicious to dry, dry, dry relatively quickly. You might want to use a meat thermometer (set to 165), or you could just keep a careful eye, taking the chicken out at intervals starting at about 25 minutes to see if it’s done.

Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Fig Jam, Caramelized Onions, and Parmesan
Source: Original Recipe

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 onion, sliced
Extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tablespoons fig jam
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
Kosher salt and black pepper

1. Heat a good drizzle of olive oil in a saute pan over low heat. Add the onions, and cook until browned and caramelized, about 45 minutes. Stir frequently and keep the heat low.

2. Cut a lengthwise slice into the top of each chicken breast to create a space for filling.

3. Add the fig jam, caramelized onions, and Parmesan into the pocket of each chicken breast. Season well with salt and pepper, and place in a baking dish.

4. Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the chicken is cooked through.


3 thoughts on “Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Fig Jam, Caramelized Onions, and Parmesan

  1. Loved this recipe!Followed directions and just eyeballed amounts of onions jam and cheese according to size of chicken breasts.Cooked about 45 mins for larger portions.I used fig butter(no actual butter in it)from Trader Joes.Was excellent, really easy and a great hit with my dinner guests! Thank you,thank you.First time visiting your site.I’ll be back!!!

    • I’m so glad that you liked this! Thanks for the comment! I need to make this recipe again soon….it’s been entirely too long since we’ve had this one.

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