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italian stuffed chicken

Italian Stuffed Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese sliced thin, to fit inside chicken
  • 1 12 oz jar roasted red peppers sliced into strips
  • 4 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.  Spray an 8x10 or 9x12 baking dish with cooking spray to keep the chicken from sticking.

  2. Mix all dried spices/salt in a small bowl and set aside.  

  3. Butterfly open each chicken breast.  You don't want to cut all the way through the meat; just far enough that the breast will open and lay flat on your board. 

  4. Season each side of the chicken with the dried spice mixture.  Rub the seasonings into the meat well to flavor it inside and out.  

  5. On one half of the breast start stacking the filling, starting with a layer of mozzarella cheese, then add one basil leaf and a few strips of red peppers on top.  Fold the other half of the breast over and close with toothpicks, if necessary.   Place in baking dish once closed. 

  6. Bake chicken for about 40 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165F.  

  7. Optional: sprinkle a little shredded parmesan cheese on top of chicken and bake/broil for an additional 5 minutes until cheese is melted.  

  8. Allow to rest for about five minutes before serving.  

    Enjoy with your favorite side!