I am amazed what my family and kids will eat when it’s stuffed with cheese. This is the dish du jour next Sunday when all my little underlings will be bestowing me with gifts. Ahem. . .or so the theory goes. In any case, it’s one of our favorites because it’s easy and delicious and simple. You can also, if you slice really thinly, sneak in some carrots or other vegetable type things while you’re stuffing as a means of squeezing extra veggies into your kids!
You will need:
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons chopped ham
2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
freshly ground pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 egg white
1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Mix cheese, ham and mustard together in a small bowl.
Using a sharp, thin knife, cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of a chicken breast half, nearly through the opposite side. Think in terms of wanting to create a pocket for all your delicious cheese to go into! Open up the breast and place 1/4 of the filling in the center. Close the breast over the filling, pressing the edges firmly together to seal. Fill each of the breasts in this manner.
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 leftover breadcrumbs.)
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breeasts; 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.
Add one of those fantastic salads that I posted about earlier this morning and you have a complete meal!
Valorie Delp shares recipes and kitchen tips in the food blog, solves breastfeeding problems, shares parenting tips, and current research in the baby blog, and insight, resources and ideas as a regular guest blogger in the homeschooling blog. To read more articles by Valorie Delp, click here.
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