Monday, February 8, 2010

Munchie Mondays - Stuffed Chicken breasts

This is one of my fave recipes because it is so easy, versatile and looks like you slaved all day :)

The first is the original recipe and then some tweaks I've added to change it up follow:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1 package feta cheese crumbles with tomato and basil (or your fave feta or goat cheese)
1/4 cup olive oil or melted butter

Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix breadcrumbs with oregano, pepper and basil on a lipped plate or pie plate
Between two slices of wax paper (or in a gallon ziploc bag) pound chicken breasts to an even 1/4 inch thick, then press one side of the chicken into the bread crumb mixture.
Place 1/4 package of feta cheese into center of the non-coated side of the chicken breast and fold over to create a seal.
Put the chicken breasts in a baking pan (9 inch square or larger)
Drizzle olive oil or butter over chicken and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Alternate fillings

Buffalo mozzarella and proscuitto
Asparagus and swiss
Broccoli and cheddar
Apples and cheddar (omit oregano from bread crumb mixture)
Herbed or peppered goat cheese

I've also made this as a one dish meal in a 13x9 pan and roasted baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and parisienne potatoes with it by increasing the olive oil and tossing the veggies with some additional herbs.

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