- 8 ounces (1 cup) chopped chorizo, the casings removed and discarded
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) goat cheese, such as Montrachet
- 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
- 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 turns freshly ground black pepper
- 3 cups Southern Style Black Eye Peas
- 4 skinned and boned chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each), pounded very thin
- 4 teaspoons Emerilís Creole Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400?F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
- Combine the chorizo, goat cheese, pine nuts, green onions, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix until thoroughly blended. Makes 1 1/2 cups of stuffing.
- Prepare the Black-Eye Peas.
- Spread the chicken breasts on a flat surface and sprinkle each, top side only, with 1/2 teaspoon Creole Seasoning. Place a heaping 1/3 cup of the stuffing on half of each chicken breast and fold the other half over the stuffing and pinch the edges together. Brush the tops with the oil, using 1/2 teaspoon on each, and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining Creole Seasoning.
- Place the pockets on the baking sheet and bake until the chicken is golden brown, for about 18 minutes.
- To serve, spread 3/4 cup of the Black-Eye Peas on each of 4 plates, and top with 1 chicken pocket.