Mozzarella-and-Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts for Two
Adding a flavorful filling can be a great way to make mild chicken breasts seem special. But could we make it easy enough for a weeknight supper for two?
Why This Recipe Works
Stuffed chicken breasts are often underwhelming for a number of reasons. The meat can be dry and bland, and the filling can lack pizzazz and can leak out when you try to cut into the chicken. To avoid these pitfalls, we used a paring knife to cut a sizable pocket in each chicken breast, into which we could place the filling. For the filling, we chose a basil pesto for its bright flavor and eye-catching color. To make the pesto, we simply processed basil, Parmesan, oil, panko bread crumbs, and garlic until they formed a paste. For extra oomph, we then added a mozzarella cheese stick to each pocket along with a couple of tablespoons of the flavorful filling before securing the filling in place with some kitchen twine. The results were juicy chicken, bright green pesto that tasted like sunshine, and oozy cheese that pulled and stretched in strings as if it were auditioning for a pizza commercial. Success.