Recently we traveled to visit my mother-in-law and I asked if I could cook dinner one night. Chicken stuffed with fresh basil was the meal I decided to make and was it ever a winner. The recipe takes only minutes to prepare and can easily be doubled or tripled. The chicken breasts I used were small so we each had our own chicken breast. There were no leftovers.
The key to making a delicious chicken stuffed with fresh basil is the quality of the ingredients. Use fresh basil and a good quality of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. The juice from the tomatoes helps the chicken to stay moist. I can’t wait to try this recipe using fresh garden tomatoes.
2 boneless chicken breasts
6 – 8 thin slices of mozzarella cheese
3 – 4 small cocktail tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Slightly spray a small baking dish with non-stick spray.
Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and cut 3-4 thin slices across the top of the chicken. Do not cut all the way through.
Stuff each slice with a piece of cheese, some tomato and a fresh basil leaf. Place the chicken breasts in the baking dish. Sprinkle each chicken bread with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Lightly drizzle with olive oil.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 160 degrees.
Chicken stuffed with fresh basil can easily be doubled or even tripled. Use good quality mozzarella and fresh tomatoes and basil!