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Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Winter 2004, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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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.



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"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...
Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

18 Reviews for Cream Cheese-&-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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!!!

Easy, healthy, delicious, versatile!
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09/12/2011
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!

Easy to prepare, great tasting, low cal, cholesterol, fat & carb.
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03/07/2011
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 :)

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05/22/2010

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.

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05/16/2010
Anonymous

This is a keeper! The pesto-cream cheese filling is excellent and baking the chicken like this makes it so tender. Delicious!

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