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Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 4
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Enjoy your favorite summer flavors any time of year with these easy stuffed caprese chicken breasts.
Updated Apr 5, 2019

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 oz each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping

  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 slices

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Line large, rimmed sheet pan with foil. Place wire rack on top of foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In small bowl, mix pesto and Parmesan cheese. In thick side of each chicken breast, cut 3-inch-long pocket to within 1/4 inch of opposite side of breast. Spoon about 2 rounded tablespoons pesto mixture into pocket in each chicken breast. Brush olive oil on both sides of chicken, and place on rack. Sprinkle with salt.
  • 3
    Roast uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and stuffing in chicken reaches internal temperature of 160°F.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in 1 1/2-quart saucepan, heat tomatoes to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 7 to 8 minutes, pressing with wooden spoon to break down tomatoes, until sauce thickens. Remove from heat; cover pan to keep warm.
  • 5
    Brush chicken breasts with balsamic vinegar; top with mozzarella cheese. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with tomato sauce.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Look for presliced fresh mozzarella to skip a step.
  • tip 2
    For a fresher feel, top with shredded fresh basil leaves.
  • tip 3
    Cooking Gluten Free? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition

570 Calories, 37g Total Fat, 50g Protein, 9g Total Carbohydrate, 0g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
570
Calories from Fat
330
Total Fat
37g
57%
Saturated Fat
8g
40%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
135mg
46%
Sodium
1000mg
42%
Potassium
380mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
9g
3%
Dietary Fiber
1g
6%
Sugars
0g
Protein
50g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
45%
45%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 6 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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