Stuffed Chicken – 4 Ways! An Easy Meal Option

 

Stuffed Chicken - 4 Ways!

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Stuffed Chicken – 4 Ways!

This recipe fits squarely in the Easy Meals category. The preparation for the chicken is the same, regardless of the stuffing option you choose. It’s as simple as combining the stuffing ingredients, creating a pocket and stuffing the chicken breast, then pan-browning the meat.

I decided to try the pepperoni, mozzarella, red sauce filling. Of course, I had to tweak the recipe just a little, because that’s what I do! Nothing complicated, mind you. Just some red sauce as a base for the chicken, a little melted mozzarella on top and a sprinkle of chopped basil. Everything is better with a little sauce in my book. Plus, you only use a small portion of the sauce for the filling. Why not take advantage of the additional sauce to pump up the Italian flavor? My taste buds agreed.

Great Creative!

Add your own touch with other stuffing ideas, or create a sauce that complements the flavors of the stuffing ideas provided. Here are a few ideas I came up with:

Green Olive/Almond/Dill Filling – drizzle cooked chicken with lemon butter sauce and top with freshly snipped dill

Cherry Tomato/Goat Cheese/Pine Nut Filling – drizzle cooked chicken with room temperature or gently warmed Italian salad dressing 
 
Bread/Apricot/Mustard Filling – stir few teaspoons of whole grain mustard into a simple white sauce and spoon onto plates, topping with cooked chicken

Stuffed Chicken – 4 Ways!

Serving Size: Serves 4

Stuffed Chicken – 4 Ways!

Ingredients

  • 4 (6-8 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
    Option 1
  • 3/4 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 30 slices pepperoni
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil or oregano, plus additional for garnish if desired
  • 1/4 c. marinara sauce
  • 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella (optional, for topping)
  • 3/4 c. marinara sauce (optional, for individual servings)
    Option 2
  • 3/4 c. chopped green olives
  • 1/4 c. toasted sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. snipped fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
    Option 3
  • 1/2 quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 c. crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp. toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
    Option 4
  • 1 c. finely torn French Bread (or process in food processor)
  • 1/2 c. chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tbsp. melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp. whole grain mustard

Instructions

  • Starting at the top of the thickest part of each chicken breast, use a sharp paring knife to cut 2" x 4" pocket.
  • Mix all ingredients from the selected stuffing option well and stuff into the chicken breasts, dividing evenly. Season chicken with salt & pepper.
  • Melt 1 tbsp of olive oil and butter in large non stick skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken breasts, covered for 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until instant read thermometer reaches 165 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of chicken breast. Note - if don't have an instant read thermometer, cut into thickest part of a breast to see if the juice runs clear and meat appears cooked.
    Completing Option 1
  • Turn heat down to low and top chicken breast with remaining 1/2 c. mozzarella. Cover and let steam melt cheese. Warm remaining 3/4 c. marinara sauce in microwave and divide between serving plates by spreading into a circle slightly larger than the breast. Top sauce with chicken and sprinkle with additional chopped herb, if desired.

Notes

Adapted from delish.com Stuffed Chicken 4 Ways

http://itsthyme2cook.com/seasonalrecipes/stuffed-chicken-4-ways/

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