Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stuffed Breast of Chicken

Why buy expensive and often processed stuffed 'chicken meat' in the freezer section when it is so easy to make one's own stuffed chicken breast. Okay, I know...convenience. But you can make these ahead, wrap tightly in freezer paper, put in serving sizes into freezer ziplocs and 'presto'....same thing. Only you know you have real chicken breast, guaranteed taste and home cooked goodness. (just one word...if you are going to freeze these uncooked...start with fresh chicken....do not thaw and then re-freeze)

Brother...that sounds like an ad! But it is really easy and you can 'mix it up' ... experiment with your seasonings and stuffing. The only thing I would suggest is that you not combine too many flavours in your stuffing...keep it simple....you still want to enjoy the tender meat.

Ingredients: (for my dinner for two last night - you can increase or decrease as needed)

2 chicken breasts (thawed and fat removed), chives, 1/8 cup asiago or parmesan, 2 fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup fine bread crumbs, 2 slices mozzarella cheese, fresh ground black pepper....salt (if you think it is necessary), olive oil and 1 or2 slices of deli ham. (or use sliced red/yellow pepper or fresh mushrooms)
Chop all ingredients except chicken and mozzarella into fine pieces. Combine in bowl. Add fresh ground pepper (and salt IF you think it is necessary...get the picture...you don't really need it :) Add enough olive oil to moisten when stirred.
Lay chicken breast flat on cutting board...you may pound it lightly if necessary. With sharp knife slice along the 'flat' nearly in half.

Opening the 'pocket' you created....place stuffing inside being careful not to overfill. Slip one slice of mozza in...who can resist. Plump up and pound (like they do in the Subway Store) down so filling settles to bottom. Tuck top flat over bottom. Place side by side in a casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Place in 350 oven covered for 45 minutes.....uncover for last 15. Serve and Enjoy!

9 comments:

  1. Ellen, this is a great recipe, it looks delicious and I am sure it tastes yummy. I do agree with do your own. I never ever buy any meal pre prepared. I love cooking and dislike factory food. I also buy organic chicken which are reared and fed in a different way.

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  2. Such a yummy recipe Trish..I love stuffed chicken breasts and you are so right, they are way better when done at home.

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  3. Having grown up on a broiler. .chicken farm, I have always loved chicken and often stuff breasts for our guests. . .it tastes better than any stuffed Chicken Breast served in a fine dining restaraunt. . .so fresh and hot from the oven. Thanks Trish.

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  4. Very nice. I have also a site for recipes for cooking, but you have to translate the Google translate. I am from Slovakia.
    http://www.irecepty.com

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  5. Ohh.. this recipe sounds delicious.. very easy to adapt to gluten-free which none of the prepared stuffed chicken breasts are !
    Thank you!

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  6. I haven't made stuffed chicken breasts for a long time. This recipe sounds great and I will be checking back soon.

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  7. My mouth is watering! This looks scrumptious! Love every recipe!

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  8. I made the chicken last night and my husband loved it! You gave easy instructions and that helped! My picture of the chicken didn't turn out as good as yours though so I posted about it but didn't use the picture! heehee! Thank you!

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  9. I made this for our noon dinner today and when I asked hubby what he thought, his reply was "okay!". That's high praise from one who usually doesn't like the breast of chicken. I don't usually have deli ham on hand, but had some in the freezer left over from my mother's memorial service lunch in July. It was yummy, and oh, so easy to do!

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