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Mozzarella Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mozzarella Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Servings 4

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. ...MORE+ LESS-

Angie McGowan 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

Steps

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  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
720
Calories from Fat
410
% Daily Value
Total Fat
45g
70%
Saturated Fat
12g
59%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
130mg
44%
Sodium
1580mg
66%
Potassium
470mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
2g
11%
Sugars
3g
Protein
53g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
45%
45%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 6 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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