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Mozzarella Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 4
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It looks like a fancy restaurant dish, but easy prep makes this chicken breast recipe perfect for a weeknight dinner. Made with either homemade or prepared pesto, it can be on the table in under an hour.

Angie McGowan Recipe by Angie McGowan
March 14, 2013

Ingredients

Homemade Pesto, if desired

1
cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
2
tablespoons pine nuts
1
clove garlic
1/4
cup olive or vegetable oil
1/3
cup grated Parmesan cheese

Chicken

4
boneless skinless chicken breasts
1
cup Homemade Pesto or purchased basil pesto
4
slices (1/2 inch thick) mozzarella cheese
1
cup Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon pepper
Toothpicks

Directions

  • 1 If using Homemade Pesto, place basil and pine nuts in food processor. Cover; process a few times with on-and-off pulses. Add garlic; pulse a few times. Slowly add oil in stream while processor is running, stopping to scrape down sides of processor with rubber spatula. Add Parmesan cheese; pulse until blended.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 3 To butterfly each chicken breast, start at long side and cut in half horizontally, cutting almost but not completely through. Open chicken and flatten to resemble butterfly shape.
  • 4 Spread 1/4 cup Homemade Pesto onto each chicken breast; top each with 1 slice mozzarella cheese. Wrap chicken around cheese; secure with toothpicks.
  • 5 In large bowl, mix bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Coat chicken with bread crumbs; place in baking dish.
  • 6 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Cut into slices to serve.

Expert Tips

For more flavor, add 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves to the bread crumb mixture.

To make this recipe quicker, omit the bread crumbs and cook the chicken in a skillet that has been drizzled with olive oil.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1226.7
% Daily Value
Total Fat
88.4g
136%
Saturated Fat
7.6g
38%
Cholesterol
224.1mg
75%
Sodium
2023.8mg
84%
Total Carbohydrate
30.2g
10%
Dietary Fiber
4.9g
20%
Sugars
3.8g
Protein
79.8g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
51.70%
52%
Calcium
79.80%
80%
Iron
51.70%
52%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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