Stuffing boneless, skinless chicken breasts with pimientos, scallions and cheese gives them great flavor without a lot of effort. Don't be concerned if some of the filling oozes out while the chicken is baking; just scoop it up from the pan as you serve. Serve with: Sautéed zucchini or summer squash and barley. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

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  • Combine Gouda, scallion, pimientos and 1/2 teaspoon paprika in a small bowl.

  • Cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of each chicken breast, nearly through to the opposite side, and open like a book. Sprinkle the breasts with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Divide the cheese filling among the breasts, placing it in the center of each. Close the breast over the filling, pressing the edges firmly together to seal. Sprinkle the breasts with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

  • Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn the chicken over and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes.

Tips

Tip: It can be difficult to find small chicken breasts. Remove the strip of meat from the underside of a 5- to 6-ounce breast--the “tender,” about 1 ounce of meat--to yield a perfect individual portion. Freeze the tenders and use them in a stir-fry.

Nutrition Facts

200 calories; 9.5 g total fat; 3.4 g saturated fat; 76 mg cholesterol; 445 mg sodium. 234 mg potassium; 1.1 g carbohydrates; 0.4 g fiber; 26.1 g protein; 479 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 8 mcg folate; 101 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 27 mg magnesium;

Reviews (25)

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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2017
This. Was. DE-LICIOUS!! Like others said it's definitely a keeper. I paired it with bell peppers with butter and herbs de provence (in the pan and oven with the chicken) and mashed potatoes because that's what I had on hand. Don't see why it can't be done entirely on the stove. I think I will do it without the oven next time. Other than that it was fairly quick and easy with lots of wonderful flavor. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2016
Great! I loved making this! Only problem was that the recipe said 15 minutes in oven so I prepared all of my sides. I am now at 35 min in the oven and my thermometer is hitting 130. My only adjustment is longer oven time! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2015
It's a Keeper I followed the recipe to the tee and it was amazing. My husband commented several times while eating his chicken this is so good definitely make it again. I will state that I slightly over cooked the chicken but it was still so good. I might try another reviewers suggestion and just keep it in the pan on the burner covered instead of in the oven. Bottom line this is going in the meal rotation. Pros: Quick easy lots of flavor Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2014
No reason for oven I used red bell pepper and green onion mixed with freshly shredded gouda. The trick is to season your chicken enough otherwise there will be no flavor. Also I saw no reason to put it in the oven so after I browned it I covered it with a lid and let it finish. There was an awesome awesome sauce that collected in the pan that I used for pasta. Pros: good smokey flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2014
Amazing I substituted low fat 2x protein cream cheese for the gouda in the recipe and was not sorry at all. There were no leftovers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2013
Absolutely delish! My husband is extremely picky when it comes to new recipes. While he was eating all he kept saying after every bite was Mmm and after he was done said Make that again it was good! So two thumbs up! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2013
Will definately serve this again!!! Trying to cook better for my husband who is diabetic and came across this recipe. Even my 14 yr old daughter loved it!! I servied it with smashed cauliflower instead of making mashed potatoes. Pros: Easy to make delicious Cons: none Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/19/2012
Good quick food It was good but nothing special. I didn't really care for the sides so I used rice and veggies instead. Pros: quick easy clean up Cons: have to use stove and oven Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2012
Delicious! I just made this and it was so much better than it looks! I did alter the recipe a little bit though. I used Boars Head brand chipotle gouda rather than regular or smoked gouda. I also added some Tapitio (an amazing hot sauce found in the Mexican isle) to the paprika and cheese mixture. It gave it a little bit of a bite but not so much that it was overpowering. I will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2012
My Husband Hates Most Chicken Dishes But LOVES This Recipe My husband hates most chicken dishes but ALWAYS asks me to make this dish!! The whole family loves it! I followed the recipe but couldn't find Gouda Cheese the first time I made it so I Googled an equivalent and they suggested Havarti cheese AND it worked great! The second time I made it I did find the Gouda cheese and I think we prefer the Havarti...it melts better and isn't as strong as Gouda. But this recipe IS definitely a family favorite!! Pros: Easy to make keeps the chicken moist makes great left overs. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2012
Yummmm! This was so good! Of course I made some modifications to make it easier on myself. I bought a jar of cheese stuffed pimento peppers chopped them up and added a little cayenne and paprika to add a little kick. Didn't use any scallions. As the tip instructed I cut a bit off the breasts to make them smaller. The chicken came out a little grilled on the outside but gooey and delicious on the inside. The biggest critic (aka hubby) loved this! Definite make again dish! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2012
Loved It!! Wonderful Recipe! As others stated do use the smoked Gouda. It gives the chicken a wonderful smoky flavor. I did use a couple toothpicks to hold the ends closed since I packed my breast full but I'm not sure that was necessary. I served mine with brown rice (with cooked peas carrots and pineapple tidbits) and steamed asparagus. This accompanied the chicken wonderfully. Enjoy! Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The taste of smoked Gouda pimiento scallions and paprika compliment each other in this stuffed chicken recipe so much so...your taste buds will be thanking you! The smoked Gouda recommended is a must it really brings out flavor. This recipe is a keeper! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I cheated and bought already made Pimiento Cheese with Jalapeno. It's my favorite one. And it was amazing even that I overcooked the chicken a little Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I tried this tonight with some store bought pimento cheese. My husband said he really liked it and it was a nice change from the regular chicken we eat. I thought it was pretty good but I will make my own pimento cheese next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I LOVED this chicken. My whole family loved it. I agree that the smoked Gouda is a must! Very good.. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very good chicken recipe. As recommended use smoked gouda and make the cheese stuffing. It's delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
oh wow...the smoked gouda takes this one over the top! Def. will make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was so easy and completely deliciously satisfying! It has been added to my family's dinner repertoire! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
OMG! So easy simply fantastic!!!!! It's a definite company's coming fare. My husband LOVED it; he's typically not a chicken breast enthusiast. Thank you! maggievh Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
OMMMMGGGGG! This recipe is absolutely delicious!! You must try! The Gouda cheese gives it great flavor and it is so easy to make. My entire family loved it and I plan to make it again. Thank you so much!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Loved it!!!! My little local Loved it!!!! My little local grocery store didn't have any scallions so I changed out with green onions. I also minced some mushrooms onions broccoli and added that to the stuffing and it tasted great!!!! Will be added this recipe to the keep book:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
EXCELLENT! We made this according to the directions the first time..after that we made it only in the pan & also used spanish olives instead of just the pimentos. We also used toothpicks to hold it together so we didn't lost any of the wonderful stuffing!!! DELICIOUS!!! Pros: VERY GOOD! Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Very Good I really liked this recipe. I did not have Gouda so I used sharp cheddar and also added some sauteed mushrooms in white wine to the stuffing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Loved It My husband and I loved this recipe. I could not imagine using anything but smoked gouda. The only change I made was using sour cream instead of Mayo and it was splendid and my husband hates Mayo. I will be making this again. Pros: Simple Cons: Stuffing coming out Read More