This creamy cheese stuffed chicken recipe gets a 10 out of 10 for flavor and at the same time gets a 10 out of 10 for ease of preparation! Win Win my friend!
You will need:
2-3 oz. mozzarella cheese for every chicken breast you want to make. I like the softer varieties, not the harder varieties that can be shredded.
Large chicken breasts - however many you want to prepare. I like to pick out the largest ones possible and I like to a large number of the stuffed breasts at one time and then freeze them for future easy meals.
For every 4-6 chicken breasts, you will need:
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of pesto sauce - If you don't want to make homemade I like the Costco or Kirkland Brand
Lawry's Garlic salt
black pepper, fresh ground
olive oil, either plain or a flavored one if you like.
The first thing we want to do is make these chicken breasts into pockets that can hold all that lovely cheese. I do this by cutting down into the middle about 2/3 of the way through toward the bottom. Then I cut horizontally on each side to really open up our chicken pocket. Please see the video for how I did this. It's much better to see how to do something, then it is to read about it.
Stuff each chicken breast with 2-3 oz. of soft mozzarella. I take a cookie sheet and line it with aluminum foil, and then spray it with non stick spray to make clean up easier. Place each one of your chicken breasts on the cookie sheet and sprinkle each one with Lawry's garlic salt, fresh ground pepper ( I use the pepper blend ) and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake at 350 F until the breasts are completely cooked. The time will depend on how large they are. Mine took approximately 45 minutes, but again times will vary.
To plate this dish I pour some of the sauce onto the plate first, top it with the chicken breast, and then pour a little more sauce on top of that. If you like you can garnish with even more shredded cheese ( you might like a little parmesan ) or a few basil leaves. Let your creativity flow here precious ones.
I like to serve this with a simple tomato salad.