Cream Cheese and Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 50m

4 servings

The hard part of making this elegant dish is choosing the filling. Making a pocket in the chicken breast to hold the stuffing is easy, particularly if you use a good, sharp, thin-bladed knife. Browning the chicken in a skillet before baking gives it a beautiful golden color. Finishing it in the oven ensures that it cooks evenly throughout.

ingredients

  • For the Stuffed Chicken Breasts:
  • Filling of your choice (see below)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 to 1 1/4 pounds total)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • For Cream Cheese-Pesto Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
  • 1 tablespoon basil pesto (store-bought or homemade)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • For Goat Cheese-Olive Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons creamy goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped black olives
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • For Ham and Cheese Filling:
  • 1/4 cup grated Swiss, Monterey Jack or part-skim mouncezarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ham
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine cream cheese, pesto and pepper in a small bowl with a fork.

Cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of a chicken breast half, nearly through to the opposite side. Open up each breast and place 1/4 of the filling in the center. Close the breast over the filling, pressing the edges firmly together to seal. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts and filling.

Lightly beat egg white with a fork in a medium bowl. Place breadcrumbs in a shallow glass dish. Hold each chicken breast half together and dip in the egg white, then dredge in the breadcrumbs. (Discard leftovers).

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts; cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Place the chicken, browned-side up, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center or until an instant-read thermometer registers 170 degrees F, about 20 minutes.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7254

nutrition information per serving

233 calories; 9g total fat; 4g total saturated fat; 81mg cholesterol; 379mg sodium; 7g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 33g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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