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Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts


From EatingWell:  Winter 2004, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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.

4 servings | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes


Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cream Cheese-Pesto Filling:

Goat Cheese-Olive Filling:

Ham & Cheese Filling:


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 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 170°F, about 20 minutes.


Cream cheese-pesto stuffed chicken per serving : 233 Calories; 9 g Fat; 4 g Sat; 3 g Mono; 81 mg Cholesterol; 7 g Carbohydrates; 33 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 379 mg Sodium; 351 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 Carbohydrate Serving, Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat

Nutrition Note: Goat cheese-olive stuffed chicken per serving: 235 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 3 g mono); 72 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 31 g protein; 1 g fiber; 248 mg sodium. Ham-&-cheese stuffed chicken per serving: 236 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 3 g mono

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