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Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipe

Looking for an easy Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts recipe? Learn how to make Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by jennaleigh11

Makes 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.

Recipe Ingredients for Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 egg white
1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fat free cream cheese, (Neufchatel)
1 tablespoon basil pesto, (store-bought or homemade)
1 Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Recipe Directions for Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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

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

  3. 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 one-fourth 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.

  4. 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.)

  5. 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 170F, about 20 minutes.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 143.6g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
284
Calories from Fat
79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
8.8g
14%
Saturated Fat
2.8g
14%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
102mg
34%
Sodium
338mg
14%
Potassium
312mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates
10.2g
3%
Dietary Fiber
0.5g
2%
Sugars
1.1g
Protein
38.5g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4% Iron 11%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  • Very high in niacin
  • High in selenium
  • High in vitamin B6
  •   Bad points
  • High in cholesterol
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