Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Feta Stuffed Crispy Pesto Chicken

I don't know about you, but I love pesto! It has a great color and flavor and it smells great when you cook with it. If you love pesto too, then you will love this easy and delicious recipe that is perfect for weeknight dinners!

The chicken will come out juicy and flavorful with just the right amount of crunch. And it looks pretty too!

4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
4 tablespoons feta, crumbled
8 tablespoons store bought pesto
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup panko bread crumbs (Japanese style bread crumbs)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Trim excess fat from chicken, if needed. In order to stuff the chicken, you will need to create a pocket. To do so, hold your knife parallel to the counter and carefully slice through the middle of the chicken pulling the top back as you slice until it lays almost flat but is still in tact. Repeat with all chicken breasts. Using two tablespoons of pesto per chicken breast, spread one tablespoon on the inside of the pocket and one tablespoon on the entire outside of the chicken. Repeat with remaining chicken. Stuff each chicken breast with one tablespoon of feta crumbles. Secure each chicken breast with a toothpick or small skewer.

In a shallow dish, mix together the panko and parmesan. Throughly coat each chicken breast on both sides with the panko/parmesan mixture, pressing the mixture into the chicken. Place chicken breasts in a greased baking dish or sheet tray. Bake for 30 minutes and then broil on high for one to two minutes until golden brown.


1 comment:

  1. I made this tonight, didn't have 8T of pesto, only about 5T, but was still delicious!


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