I have made this dish so many times and it just keeps getting better. It’s not easy doing something remarkable with chicken breasts: they can be somewhat underwhelming and can easily dry out. These are juicy, moist and bursting with flavour. I love smoked paprika and rubbed the breasts with it before frying on both sides, then stuffing and finishing in the oven. The stuffing was simply two ingredients that when combined are simply out of this world (one being my Homemade Basil Pesto which you really must try). Enjoy this simple, mid-week meal of pesto-stuffed chicken breasts – it may become your new breast friend (… see what I did there?)
Remove the chicken breasts from their packaging and pat dry with kitchen paper. Season all sides of the chicken generously with salt and pepper and the smoked paprika.
Make a deep incision in one side of each breast to create a ‘pocket’.
Heat the olive oil (or melt the lard) in a large pan and brown the chicken on both sides over very high heat. You want to get some good colour on it, without burning them. It is also not necessary to cook them all the way through, as that will happen in the oven later. Remove the chicken pieces from the heat and set aside.
To make the stuffing, simply combine the cream cheese and the pesto in a small bowl.
Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, spoon the pesto mixture into each pocket and place onto a greased oven tray. Remember you are still working with partially raw chicken so be mindful how you handle it.
Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the chicken has cooked through sufficiently.
Season with Pink Himalayan Salt if needed and simply serve with side greens of your choice (side dish not included in macros).
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Since olive oil is somewhat unstable when heated, I do advise you select lard to fry food. It's inexpensive and can be found in the same aisle as butter.
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Macro Details per serving (1 large stuffed breast)
Nutritional Information per serving (1 large stuffed breast)
Calories 281Kcal / 1176kJ
Fat 14g of which saturates 4.8g Carbohydrates 1g (for my US readers, these are what you refer to as net carbs. See below*) of which sugars 0.8g
*Note for US readers: The recipes on this site show the carbohydrates which should be counted on keto (in this case: it's 1g). Here in the UK, our nutritional breakdown information displays a carbohydrate count that has already had the dietary fibre subtracted (and displayed separately) - and it’s indicated this way throughout the site. In short, you need not subtract anything further.
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