Parmesan-Stuffed Chicken and Melted Strawberries


Strawberry jam and Parmesan cheese give this baked chicken main dish recipe a blend of sweet and savory goodness.

Parmesan-Stuffed Chicken and Melted Strawberries
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 cup fresh strawberries (halve or quarter if large berries)

  • 2 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar

  • ¼ cup strawberry jam

  • Sea salt or salt and black pepper

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 3 lb.)

  • 3 ounce Parmesan or white cheddar cheese

  • 6 large fresh basil leaves

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Snipped fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a 3-quart baking dish combine strawberries, vinegar, and jam. Sprinkle salt and pepper; set aside.

  2. Cut a horizontal pocket in each chicken breast half by cutting from one side almost, but not through, to the other side. Cut Parmesan cheese in six 3x1/2-inch pieces. Wrap a basil leaf around each piece of cheese; stuff into chicken breast pocket. Secure pockets closed with wooden toothpicks or skewers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  3. In 12-inch oven-safe skillet cook garlic in oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add chicken and cook 5 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Transfer to oven. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes. Add baking dish with the strawberry-jam mixture to oven. Bake 10 to 13 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F) and the berries are softened and jam mixture has thickened. Serve chicken with melted strawberries. Sprinkle with basil. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

395 Calories
9g Fat
17g Carbs
58g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 395
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 461mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 58g
Vitamin C 46.1mg 231%
Calcium 222.1mg 17%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 727mg 15%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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