Cream cheese and pesto make a delectable filling for lean chicken breasts. Use this technique to experiment with other fillings as well, such as ham and cheese or goat cheese and chopped olives. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004

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Ingredients

Directions

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 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 degrees F, about 20 minutes.

Tips

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

249 calories; 9 g total fat; 88 mg cholesterol; 220 mg sodium. 10.7 g carbohydrates; 29.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2014
Delicious tender flavorful. My husband really enjoyed this. The chicken was tender and juicy and the filling very flavorful (pesto and cream cheese). I pounded the chicken a little and cooked in the oven for 15 mins. Pros: easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/19/2013
Delicious and Easy to Make This is such an easy yet delicious recipe! I'm a HORRIBLE cook who has never really used an oven before besides to cook a ready made pizza. But this hardly took any time and was absolutely amazing! I chose to use pesto with goat cheese simply because that was all that I had at home. By the time this baby was out of the oven everyone was wondering what it was that smelled so heavenly! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2012
Makes a great impression! I've made with basil pesto and cream cheese three times; have added it to my standard chicken rotation. I use panko for more crunch and also add garlic a dash of black pepper and a dash of cayenne to the breading mix. Sooo yummy! This is a requested favorite already. Also made up one with leftover hot italian sausage and cream cheese with a mix of parmesan and panko on top. My hubby loved that! Pros: Tastes great looks beautiful when served Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2012
Great recipe! I have made this a few times including the stuffed ham and cheese version. I absolutely love both! I will admit the ham and cheese won me over more but my boyfriend and I have been trying to put some new twists on our chicken dishes and he adores this recipe!!! 5 stars!!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2012
Mouth watering reactions to the picture. Moist favorful filling. Pros: moist easy to prepare easy to cook short cook time. no many ingrediants Cons: depending on the meat you will have to cook it over 20 mins. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2011
OMG this ROCKS! I made this using the goat cheese & olive filling and I added about 4 sun dried tomatoes (not in oil diced) a little fresh garlic (1 clove finely minced) and 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning...WOW!!! I thought the cream cheese & pesto was great but the goat cheese/olive/sun dried tomato filling was to die for!! This ROCKS!! I can't wait to try the ham & cheese too!!! Pros: Easy healthy delicious versatile! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Quick easy and delicious! Loved the cream cheese and pesto combo and even my picky 2 year old ate it. This is getting added to our meal rotation. It's nice to have a new way to cook chicken breasts and will make for company in the future. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The cream cheese and pesto stuffed chicken breasts are amazing! Definately making these again. Pretty easy to prepare. My boyfriend loved them! Its hard getting him to eat healthy and with these he asked for more! YUM! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I'm NOT a cook. I really rarely make anything and decided to prepare this on a whim. It was SPECTACULAR. Time consuming if you make everything from scratch but so delicious! Its definitely something that I would want to make for a nice dinner. It looks nice and seems fancy just because its stuffed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This dish was "OK". The next time I will stuff with the goat cheese and olive filling. I think it would have more flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made these and everyone really liked them. They were not hard even after a long day of work. I will definitely make these again. Cream cheese and pesto are items that I almost always have on hand. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Everyone loved these and they were super super easy! I made the pesto and cheese one but substitute mozzarella for cream cheese. Yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is definitely a keeper and a big hit with my family. I made the pesto/cream cheese filling and followed the directions pretty closely. I have homemade pesto from basil I grow in my garden and when I read this recipe I knew I wanted to try it. I didn't have plain bread crumbs so used Italian flavored ones that I had on hand and they worked fine. I cook often but don't like to spend all night in the kitchen. This recipe is fairly easy quick and has excellent flavor. I can't wait to try the goat cheese/olive filling next. Also if you happen to have any leftovers it makes delicious sandwiches. I sliced the chicken cross wise piled it on some whole grain bread with lettuce and low fat mayo and savored the flavor at work the next day. It was a real treat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was one of the best recipes! I made this the other night and my husband and I loved it! It had so much flavor definitely a keeper! And very easy to make! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a keeper! The pesto-cream cheese filling is excellent and baking the chicken like this makes it so tender. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I really enjoyed the goat cheese filling and the previous reviewers are right-- the chicken turns out moist and tender. I used bread crumbs made from my favorite ancient grains bread but next time I'll use white bread crumbs to get a better result. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great Idea! I LOVED this recipe! I can't figure out why I didn't think of stuffing my chicken before! The pesto flavor was so delightful and I can't wait to try other stuffing. My BF said this tasted just like a meal they prepare at his hotel. I will be making this again for sure! SN: I did substitute REAL bread crumbs though which added an amazing extra flavor and crunch. I used a fresh loaf of rosemary & olive oil from the grocery store bakery. I chopped up a chunk then added it to the blender. It crisped up very nicely in the oven:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Fast easy and DELISH!!! This recipe is in my regular rotation. It's quick to prepare with minimal effort and yields fabulous results! Fits perfectly into our healthy diet...my husband doesn't feel like he's eating healthier with dishes like this! All of the fillings are great. I do use panko instead of bread crumbs (hubby prefers it). Otherwise I make it right to the letter. You won't be sorry you tried this one! Pros: Easy to prepare great tasting low cal cholesterol fat & carb. Cons: None!! Read More