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Chicken stuffed with mozzarella, pesto and tomato on a plate.

​​Pesto Stuffed Chicken

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Created by Mariam E.
Pesto Mozzarella Chicken is perfect for entertaining or when you crave a jaw-dropping but straightforward meal to present to your family. Seasoned chicken stuffed with mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes is packed with flavor and looks like a meal you’d get in a restaurant.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 Servings
Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 whole chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ cup pesto sauce
  • 8 slices vine ripe tomato
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese grated
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken breast lengthwise to create a pocket making sure the chicken breast is not cut all the way through.
  • Season the chicken breasts with Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. Rub the seasoning evenly on the outside.
  • Spread the pesto sauce inside the chicken surface, about 2 tablespoons per chicken breast.
  • Arrange 2 tomato slices per chicken breast. Add a few basil leaves and top with mozzarella cheese and seal the chicken with a toothpick.
  • Heat a large skillet with olive oil; add the chicken gently and sear the chicken to golden on both sides for about 4-5 minutes. Simmer the flame and allow the chicken to cook through for 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve the pesto mozzarella stuffed chicken once done.

Notes

  • Select chicken breasts that are similar in size. 
  • Butterfly the chicken breast or cut a pocket into the side, being careful not to cut through the chicken. 
  • Dry the chicken with a paper towel before seasoning.
  • Season the chicken before filling the chicken with pesto and mozzarella, and be sure to season the chicken inside and out.
  • Close the chicken with toothpicks. 
  • Cook until an instant thermometer reads 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken.
  • Remove the toothpicks before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 731mg | Potassium: 993mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1367IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 2mg
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