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Cheesy Pepperoni-Stuffed Chicken

Turn to two pizza favorites, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni, to create a surprisingly easy stuffing for sautéed chicken breasts.

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 4

4
boneless skinless chicken breasts
2
oz sliced pepperoni
1/2
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 oz)
1
tablespoon olive oil
4
cups water
1
package (7 oz) uncooked elbow macaroni
1
jar (1 lb 8 oz) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
Chopped fresh basil, if desired

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 1 Place chicken breasts flat on cutting surface. With knife parallel to cutting surface, cut a lengthwise slit in each chicken breast, forming a pocket, keeping other 3 sides intact. Stuff each chicken breast with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, pressing the edges of each chicken breast to seal.
  • 2 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil about 9 minutes, turning occasionally, until well browned on both sides. (Chicken pockets will open slightly during cooking.) Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • 3 In same skillet, slowly add water so as not to splatter. Increase heat setting to high. Heat water to boiling. Add macaroni; cook about 3 minutes or until almost tender. Do not drain. Stir in pasta sauce. Heat to boiling. Return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat to medium . Cover and simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F). Garnish with basil.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

For an extra-cheesy dinner, sprinkle finished dish with additional shredded mozzarella cheese. It will melt on its own as it stands.

To save time, stuff the chicken breasts ahead of time and keep refrigerated until ready to brown.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
710
(
Calories from Fat
220),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
24%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
110mg
110%;
Sodium
1420mg
1420%;
Total Carbohydrate
74g
74%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
18g
18%
),
Protein
49g
49%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 5 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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