Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese

I was perusing Pinterest a while back, and found a picture of this recipe.  So, I looked it up and found that is “fits” exactly what I’ve been making lately.  When I was planning the grocery list this week, I noticed that we had everything to make it, so on the menu it went.

It’s really an easy recipe, the hardest part being pounding the chicken breasts. Notice I made 5 portions, out of 2 large breasts. I chopped up some fresh mozzarella we had in place of the shredded mozzarella.  Please make note that I didn’t measure the almond flour, and went heavy, and still ran out, so plan to go HEAVY!!

Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 T
your favorite pesto
2 T
sour cream
2 T
grated mozzarella cheese (I used heaping tablespoons of pesto, sour cream and cheese)
2 eggs, beaten (or if they're large eggs one will probably be enough)
3 T
 finely grated Parmesan cheese
3 T almond flour
black pepper to taste

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Spray a small casserole dish with non-stick spray. Trim any visible fat from chicken breasts, then put them one at a time inside a heavy plastic bag and pound with meat mallet until the chicken is as thin as you can get it. Don't worry too much about the shape or whether there are some loose pieces, you can tuck them in when you roll up the chicken.

In a small bowl mix together the basil pesto, sour cream, and mozzarella.

Use a rubber scraper to spread a thin layer of this mixture over each chicken breast, stopping about 1/2 inch from the edge of the chicken (so it doesn't run out so much as it cooks.) Roll up the chicken breasts and secure them with a couple of toothpicks. (I roll them so the finished piece is as thin as I can get it so they will cook quickly.)

Prepare two bowls, one with the beaten egg and the other with the grated Parmesan-almond flour mixture, seasoned with black pepper to taste. Dip each chicken breast roll first into the egg mixture and then into the Parmesan-almond flour mixture, patting it on so the chicken breast roll is well-coated with the mixture.

Put chicken breasts into the casserole dish and bake until the chicken is firm and lightly browned. (Start checking after about 25-30 minutes; total baking time will be 40-45 minutes.) Serve hot.

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