Ham-&-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Making a pocket in the chicken breast to hold the stuffing is easy with a good, sharp, thin-bladed knife. Browning the chicken in a skillet before baking gives it a beautiful golden color, and finishing in the oven ensures that it cooks evenly throughout.

Ham-&-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

  • 1/4 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

  • 1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions
  1. 4 servings

  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Use a baking sheet with sides and lightly coat it with cooking spray.

  3. Mix cheese, ham, mustard and pepper in a small bowl.

  4. 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.

  5. Lightly beat egg white with a fork in a medium bowl. Place breadcrumbs in a shallow glass dish. Hold each chicken breast half together and dip in egg white, then dredge in breadcrumbs. (Discard leftovers.)

  6. 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°F, about 20 minutes.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Per serving
Calories
236
Carbohydrates
10g
Fat
7g
Saturated Fat
2g
Monounsaturated Fat
3g
Protein
31g
Cholesterol
74mg
Dietary Fiber
1g
Potassium
346mg
Sodium
287mg
Added Sugars
Exchanges
1/2 starch
4 lean meat
Carbohydrate Servings
1/2

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6 replies

crazeknot
crazeknot 2014-07-25 19:47:49 -0500 Report

I'm going 2 make this 4 a good friend of my B-Day dinner tomorrow. Will let everyone know how it turns out.

evaziem
evaziem 2014-06-14 12:34:55 -0500 Report

No breads, no simple carbs!
Good for diabetics and those who do not want to become diabetic!!

redkattaylor
redkattaylor 2013-03-17 19:00:54 -0500 Report

Oooo…This one is going to make it into my next set of meal and menu planning. Although my husband is not as fond of Swiss cheese and chicken combinations as I am, he does have a weakness for ham and likes Monterey Jack and/or Mozzarella.
We just HAVE to give this one a try this next month!