Bruscetta Stuffed Chicken

by Erica Deb February. 10, 2012 2958 views

Today I braved my borderline fear of raw meat. I actually pounded chicken! I put my chicken breasts in a Ziploc and beat them until they were nice and flat, perfect for stuffing. The most amazing thing was that my 9-month-old daughter, Tessa was napping and didn't wake up at the pounding. Typically, tearing a piece of tin foil off the roll will wake her from a dead sleep, but today the cooking gods were looking down on me and I got to complete most of my recipe before she woke up.

I only altered this recipe a little bit. It originally came from one of those circulars they have at grocery store registers to advertise a specific brand. This one was a Kraft magazine which included all Kraft recipes. It called for a box of Stove Top, but I used a bag of Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix. I figured it would be healthier and less salty. I also substituted the Kraft shredded mozzarella for Stop and Shop brand. I really don't think you can tell the difference so why waste the money? I also made my own oil, vinegar, garlic and Italian seasoning dressing rather than using the Kraft Italian dressing it called for.

The recipe was simple, mix stuffing, diced tomatoes and shredded cheese together in a bowl, place mixture on flattened chicken and roll them up. I then placed the stuffed chicken in a baking dish and topped them with the dressing and some more cheese.

While the chicken was cooking it made my house smell so good! I decided to serve it with roasted fingerling potatoes with rosemary which just added to the yummy aroma.

When the chicken came out of the oven, I have to admit it didn't look great. Just sort of naked. But i served it up and dug in. Oh my God it was delicious. The dressing I think is really what made it. The vinegar gave it a little tang that worked really well with the tomatoy stuffing. The chicken was moist and cooked to perfection. When my husband Sattik took his first bite he said in a sighing voice, “oh that's good,” his standard response to food he really, really likes. But the most satisfying thing was that Tessa loved it! I cut the chicken and stuffing up into little bites and placed it on her highchair tray where she grabbed it and shoved the pieces into her mouth at light speed! Sattik and I couldn't stop laughing. A cute, little pig.

Overall, this one gets a 5 out of 5.

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