Garlic Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breast

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
1 hr 15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 recipe Roasted Garlic Pesto, recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 sprays vegetable oil cooking spray
Directions
  • Heat a cast-iron griddle over medium-high heat until hot.

  • Cut a small incision into each chicken breast to form a pocket for stuffing. Stuff 1 tablespoon goat cheese 2 tablespoons Roasted Garlic Pesto into each pocket. Season chicken all over with salt and pepper.

  • Spray griddle with cooking spray. Place chicken on hot griddle and sear on each side for at least 3 minutes and then check for doneness; the temperature should register 165 degrees F when measured with an instant-read thermometer. Meanwhile, warm remaining Roasted Garlic Pesto in the microwave. Pour remaining pesto over breasts and serve.

Roasted Garlic Pesto:
  • 4 heads garlic

  • 4 sprays olive oil cooking spray

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • 1 teaspoon pine nuts

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut tops off garlic. Lightly spray each with cooking oil spray. Wrap in aluminum foil and roast for 1 hour. Let cool before handling. Squeeze pulp from garlic into a food processor. Add basil and pine nuts and pulse until smooth.

  • Yield: 4 servings


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