Pampered Chicken

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Pampered Chicken

Pampered Chicken

An ovenproof skillet is the key to this easy recipe. Breaded stuffed chicken breasts are browned on one side on the top of the stove, carefully flipped and transferred--still in the pan--to the oven to finish cooking. This guarantees a nice brown crust and moist, tender chicken.

Serves 4

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 50 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, (about 1 pound), trimmed of fat
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese, (2 ounces)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup seasoned (Italian-style) breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place a chicken breast, skinned-side down, on a cutting board. Keeping the blade of a sharp knife parallel to the board, make a horizontal slit along the thinner, long edge of the breast, cutting nearly through to the opposite side. Open the breast so it forms two flaps, hinged at the center. Place a slice of cheese on one flap, leaving a 1/2-inch border at the edge. Press remaining flap down firmly over the cheese and set aside. Repeat with the remaining breasts.

Step 2

Lightly beat egg whites with a fork in a medium bowl. Mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Holding a stuffed breast together firmly, dip it in the egg whites and then roll in the breadcrumbs. Repeat with the remaining breasts.

Step 3

Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the stuffed breasts and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn the breasts over and place the skillet in the oven.

Step 4

Bake the chicken until no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.


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