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Friday, April 1, 2011

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

We had a beautiful day today...picture perfect. You would never have known that a thunderstorm ripped through here yesterday. We already had a record rainfall for this time of year, over three inches in one day last week. I just hope it got rid of all the pollen that has been making us miserable. We were lucky and didn't get any tornadoes or damaging wind here in Sarasota, but they did in Tampa. Hard to believe all the damage and they are only an hour north.

Today at work we had a professional day which means no kids! So I was busy filing and getting my office and the health room straightened up. I really don't have any reason telling you or it making a connection to the recipe. I guess I was just letting you know what is going on lately. I better work on it, some of you are so clever with that.

We have chicken often, so I like to find new ways to make it interesting. When I usually stuff chicken breasts I like to use spinach, dill and a cheese of some sort. Roll the individual beasts and tie them, brown stove top and finish off in the oven. This time I decided to use a bread stuffing...I guess like you would if you were making stuffed pork chops. It's a basic bread stuffing, but I placed the breasts together and strung them up with the stuffing inside.

Basic Bread Stuffing ( adapted from recipe tips )
3oz butter
1 large shallot chopped fine (or med onion)
1-2 stalks of celery, chopped fine
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
3 oz fresh parsley
cubed bread stuffing
salt, pepper, parsley and paprika for the seasoning of the chicken

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Melt butter in a heavy skillet. Add onions, celery, seasonings and half the parsley. Cook over medium heat 5-6 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. In a large bowl, mix shallot, celery mixture, stuffing and broth. Stir in remaining parsley. Pound out the chicken breasts between to pieces of plastic wrap. If possible use boneless breasts that have the skin or leave some fat on the outside and top. Over lap the thin parts of the breasts so you get a consistent thickness through out. Get your cooking twine ready,( I place it under the breasts). Spoon on stuffing in center and wrap the meat around it. Tie it with cooking string make sure it is secure. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, and parsley.
Place in a baking dish lightly oiled. I added some potatoes along side and sprinkles a little oil, and herb seasoning on them. Bake for 1 hour, or until it reads 165 with and instant read thermometer.

Let it rest, then slice and serve.
I didn't have any gravy to serve with it, but I'll bet that would be good. I would think that turkey cutlets would work like this too. Have a wonderful Friday!


  1. Thanks Lyndsey for visiting my space and your wonderful comments... u too hav a wonderful space here....this stuffed chicken breasts looks really delicious...glad to follow ur space !

  2. Lyndsey this look absolutely yummy, I love stuffed chicken breast, have a nice weekend, gloria

  3. this looks great! I looked at the pictures before reading and thought it was a full bird, i thought that must be some sharp knife to slice a whole chicken like that! Then i read and realized they were breasts strung together. It looks very delicious! I think i would like to try it!

  4. wow...looks divine...kudos to you Lyndsey..
    happy weekend..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  5. This looks wonderful! Must have kept the chicekn breasts nice and moist.

  6. Least no snow, right? Great chicken with a great stuffing of yumminess!

  7. The weather here is so unpredictable these days. Other then that also afraid of the radioation! Not knowing if it will spread over to other Asia countries. Yes, you guys are so lucky. Tornado is such scary thing! I remember I watched that movie 'Twister'. Amazing! Yeap, you're right! The photo is perfect and the chicken looks awesome as well. Btw, that chicken fillet is really huge. Just perfect for stuffing. Hope you're having a terrific weekend, Lyndz. Enjoy & have fun!
    Blessings, Kristy

  8. Oh my goodness but that stuffed chicken of yours looks so good! Bet the stuffing is yummy with all the herbs you've included. Great to know you had spent a wonderful day!

  9. Gravy and don't forget the mashed potatoes too, yum!

  10. What a beautiful stuffed chicken dish! Thanks for sharing the recipe and letting us know what have been happening around you.
    I wish you a lovely weekend!

  11. This looks lovely...! I don't normally make stuffed chicken/duck/goose unless it's a special occasion. The stuffing sounds wonderful:).

  12. It's usually like that,rt. I mean you will have a really beautiful day after a thunderstorm.Though it is the opposite here in Colorado, we are having terrific days now,with temperatures around 80s and it will snow day after tomorrow ;-)
    The stuffed chicken looks too good. I loved the stuffing that you used.

  13. This is the kind of dish I would enjoy hot or cold, anytime! I am motivated to make some too now.

  14. Yummy Lyndsey!
    We sure got lucky with that storm last week. It was so heavy and so slow moving right up until it reached us. We had hail here that night but luckily nothing damaging - and then the next day really was the most perfect day we've had in a long time. It made me wish I would have skipped work on the professional day and spent the day at the beach instead! Today was beautiful too but of course I was stuck inside cleaning, packing etc. Ack!!

  15. Your presentation is beautiful. I am sure this was delicious..Blessings, Catherine

  16. I love the way you demonstrated through photos. This looks tasty and delicius.

  17. This looks so good! Great pics! It looks terrific sliced up. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Sounds like a great way to enjoy chicken differently. Now, I need to go buy the twine....

  19. Only Fish Recipes - thank you too for visiting and your nice comments.

    Gloria - thank you for your comments, you are always there for me.

    egbkid - Ha! I know sometimes I wonder about the photo, then I see it up close...oh yeah, that's it!

    Jay - thanks so much!

    Biren - yes it did keep it nice and moist, we didn't even miss the gravy.

    Belinda - you are right there, everyone else got a big snow up north.

    Kristy - Yes the weather is so unpredictable, they say around here if you don't like the weather just wait a day! BTW that's not one big breast...or chicken fillet, it's about three.

    Jeannie - I used dried herbs here just because of the cooking time. Some herbs I prefer dried over fresh and some fresh are best...then added at the end.

    Brenda - I know you are right...gravy and mashed potatoes would be perfect with it!

  20. What a beautiful way to serve the breast meat. I bet the stuffing helps keep it moist -- so often chicken breast is cooked too dry.

    Are you able to find free-range chickens where you live?

    Hope Monday's weather is mild for you.


  21. Angie - thanks for saying that, it's so nice of you!

    Cooking Gallery - I am the same way, but I wanted to try a different stuffing for the chicken breasts.

    Gulmohar - my niece lives in Colorado Springs, and she says the same thing you never know one day from the next!

    Taste of Beirut - I was thinking about the leftovers on a sandwich.

    Martha - I can't believe how close we were to such bad weather and really didn't get much at all. Perfect weather now!

    Catherine - Thank you!

    Comfy Cook - I'm glad you said that, I hope it helps those who don't think they can do it. I know many out there! ;D

    laxsupermom - I thought it look pretty sliced, thanks!

    tigefish - Ha! my pleasure to help!

  22. That chicken looks so delicious!My grandmother used to make something similar....Wonderful recipe!

  23. I usually stuff chicken breast with artichokes and pine nuts, or feta and piquillo peppers. This version looks so much cozier, comforting, filling, delicious!

  24. Sarah, next time! come on over!

    Erica, I love how food brings back memories! I would like to check out your grandmother's recipe!

    Indie.Tea, that sounds really good...what a great combo of flavors.

  25. WOw, that's a huge pieces of chicken breast meat! The filling sounds delicious!


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