Nearly 4 weeks ago my husband Ben and I welcomed our first baby boy into the world. We couldn’t be happier…or more tired! We’re still in the stage of running around all day but not really accomplishing anything except accumulating a big pile of laundry and sink full of dishes by the time the sun goes down (and a happy baby, thankfully!)
Needless to say I’ve been on the lookout for quick and easy dinner recipes for when we’re both too wiped to cook, but just can’t justify another trip to the burrito joint for dinner. They know us by name. Not good. Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts to the rescue!
Whether you too have a little one at home, or a big family with busy fall schedules to feed, this quick and easy stuffed-chicken recipe needs to be put on your menu ASAP.
Lean chicken breasts are stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese, seasoned feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, and fresh basil, then pan-seared and served up hot. Make the filling ahead of time to make this dish come together even quicker, and feel free to play with the flavors of cream cheese and feta. The combinations are endless.
Start by combining the stuffing together in a small bowl, including cream cheese and crumbled feta.
The recipe here on BHG.com calls for regular feta but I used Tomato & Basil feta for an extra punch of flavor (and reduced-fat because we can’t taste the difference!)
Next add in fresh chopped basil, and chopped sundried tomatoes. Once again I deviated from the recipe a bit by using sundried tomatoes packed in oil. Totally eliminates the step of rehydrating them with hot water, plus I like the extra flavor from the oil.
Now, using a sharp knife, create a pocket in a chicken breast. Just cut horizontally through the center of the chicken, being careful not to cut all the way through to the other side.
Stuff the pocket with the cheese, basil, and tomato filling then secure with toothpicks.
Spray or brush the outside of the chicken with extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and then saute in a skillet over medium heat for 5-6 minutes a side.
Slide the chicken onto a plate then cut in to reveal the hot and melty cheesy center.
I am telling you – this dish is so, so delicious! And couldn’t be simpler. Perfect for busy families on the go. Enjoy!