HAM-&-CHEESE-STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS

Making a pocket in the chicken breast to hold the stuffing is easy with a good, sharp, thin-bladed knife. 

 

MAKES 4 SERVING/ TOTAL TIME 60 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup grated Swiss, Monterey Jack or part-skim mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons chopped ham

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, (1-1 1/4 pounds total)

1 egg white

½ cup plain dry breadcrumbs

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

METHOD


STEP 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Use a baking sheet with sides and lightly coat it with cooking spray. Mix cheese, ham, mustard and pepper in a small bowl. Cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of a chicken breast half, nearly through to the opposite side. Open up the breast and place one-fourth of the filling in the center. Close the breast over the filling, pressing the edges firmly together to seal. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts and filling. Lightly beat egg white with a fork in a medium bowl.

STEP 2

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts; cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Place the chicken, browned-side up, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center or until an instant-read thermometer registers 170 degrees F, about 20 minutes.

 

Nutrition Value

247 Kcal,

8.3g fat,

2.5g saturated fat,

0.7g fiber,

30g protein,

11g carbs