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Pesto Stuffed Chicken

Tender chicken encapsulating a cheesy basil pesto with a crispy Parmesan cheese coating.

Morsels of Life - Pesto Stuffed Chicken - Tender chicken encapsulating a cheesy basil pesto with a crispy Parmesan cheese coating.

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After seeing this recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen, I knew I wanted to try it! I got a bit nervous since I'd never stuffed a chicken breast before. The technique itself isn't difficult, although I definitely see it improving with practice. Pounding the chicken breast as thin as possible really helps since it'll give you more surface area to work with. However, I'm not sure if pounding or just cutting the chicken breast in half would be more efficient. I'm leaning towards cutting it in half, but it may be due to my inexperience. I'd never pounded a chicken breast before either. Even with all the new techniques I learned from this recipe, I'd still call it a success. You get a crisp Parmesan crust over tender chicken surrounding cheesy basil pesto, and you really can't go too far wrong with those materials!

Do you have any hints or tips for making stuffed chicken? Share them in the comments!

Morsels of Life - Pesto Stuffed Chicken - Tender chicken encapsulating a cheesy basil pesto with a crispy Parmesan cheese coating.


by Morsels of Life | CJ Huang
Tender chicken encapsulating a cheesy basil pesto with a crispy Parmesan cheese coating.

 
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Servings: 4
Cuisine: American
Category: mains, meals, chicken

 

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
2 chicken breasts
4 tablespoons basil pesto
4 tablespoons mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 egg
4 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon garlic, minced

Methods:

  1. Gather all materials. (Bread crumbs shown but not used. I originally planned on coating with a bread crumb and Parmesan mixture, but decided to go with just the cheese.)
  2. Spread pesto on inside of chicken breast.
  3. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and garlic.
  4. Roll up chicken breast as neatly as possible. Hold together with toothpicks or skewers.
  5. Dip entire roll into egg, making sure all surfaces are well covered.
  6. Dip in Parmesan cheese.
  7. Shake off excess and bake at 375F until done.

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Calories (Cal): 200 ・ Sodium (mg): 290 ・ Fat (g): 8 ・ Protein (g): 29 ・ Carbs (g): 1 ・ Fiber (g): 0
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Morsels of Life - Pesto Stuffed Chicken Step 1 - Gather all materials. (Bread crumbs shown but not used. I originally planned on coating with a bread crumb and Parmesan mixture, but decided to go with just the cheese.) 1. Gather all materials. (Bread crumbs shown but not used. I originally planned on coating with a bread crumb and Parmesan mixture, but decided to go with just the cheese.)
Morsels of Life - Pesto Stuffed Chicken Step 2 - Spread pesto on inside of chicken breast. 2. Spread pesto on inside of chicken breast.
Morsels of Life - Pesto Stuffed Chicken Step 3 - Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and garlic. 3. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and garlic.
Morsels of Life - Pesto Stuffed Chicken Step 4 - Roll up chicken breast as neatly as possible. Hold together with toothpicks or skewers. 4. Roll up chicken breast as neatly as possible. Hold together with toothpicks or skewers.
Morsels of Life - Pesto Stuffed Chicken Step 5 - Dip entire roll into egg, making sure all surfaces are well covered. 5. Dip entire roll into egg, making sure all surfaces are well covered.
Morsels of Life - Pesto Stuffed Chicken Step 6 - Dip in Parmesan cheese. 6. Dip in Parmesan cheese.
Morsels of Life - Pesto Stuffed Chicken Step 7 - Shake off excess and bake at 375F until done. 7. Shake off excess and bake at 375F until done.

18 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you spotted this recipe over at Kalyn's .. it sounds delicious. One more way to use up my stash of homemade pesto I have in the Freezer. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hope you like this one! I know we really enjoyed it. :) (I also made it to use up some of our frozen pesto!)

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  2. This looks like a delicious idea! I've never actually made chicken stuffed with anything before because I didn't know how it was done! Thanks for enlightening me.

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    1. I was surprised at how easy it was too! Give it a try and see what you think. :)

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  3. Maritza BenjaminNovember 30, 2013

    Lovely recipe! I added sun dried tomatoes and proscuitto to the stuffing and it was lovely!! An entire chicken breast did proove to be too much, however - i used half a breast...otherwise the perfect recipe!

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    1. Sun dried tomatoes and prosciutto sound like excellent additions! Maybe I'll have to give those two a try. :)

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  4. Such a beautiful presentation! Looks like a great recipe.

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    1. I found this recipe surprisingly easy. Don't let the fancy looks fool you. :)

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  5. I love the pesto and chicken combination! Looks really tasty!

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  6. This looks totally amazing! We love pesto so I am going to try this. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon!

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    1. Hope you enjoy! The pesto really adds a lot of flavor. :)

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  7. That not only sounds good it looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope your week is fantastic.

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    1. Hope you get to enjoy it! It looks fancy, but it's pretty straightforward. :)

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,505. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Love that this is low carb as well as delicious. Thank you so much for bringing and sharing it on Fiesta Friday.

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