Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pinvestigation: Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese

I have a new obsession with pesto. So when I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it.

The recipe with pictures can be found here.

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 T Basil Pesto with Lemon or your favorite commercial pesto
2 T low-fat 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 (or almond meal, but almond flour is better for this because it's more finely ground)
black pepper to taste


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 grated 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 30-35 minutes.)  Serve hot.
(copied directly from Kalyn's Kitchen)
Mine definitely didn't turn out as pretty. The only thing I did different was I used regular flour instead of almond flour (I'm not sure what difference almond flour would make but it sounded expensive). I'm pretty bad at coating things with flour, I've realized (especially when egg and an ooey-gooey filling is involved). It always comes out uneven so you get some portions where you can still see the flour like above. But it was good! I know it could have been better, but I think that was my fault in not breading it correctly. I've never flattened or stuffed chicken before so, overall, a good first try!

I served it with green beans and roasted cauliflower sprinkled with paprika, chili powder, and Parmesan cheese.

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