Basil, Feta and Quinoa-Stuffed Chicken

I liked this recipe from Cooking Light quite a bit. I think it might be even better with sundried tomatoes instead of the cherry peppers.

24912075232_a87c15bc22_q


6 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet piquanté red pepper
1 tablespoon 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°.

Bring 6 tablespoons water and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Cover; reduce heat, and simmer 12 to 14 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Spread cooked quinoa on a plate; freeze 5 minutes or until cool. Note: I feel like cooking the quinoa in this little water is unnecessary – I’d use more and drain it in the future because some of it stuck to the pan and burned.

Combine quinoa, basil, feta, red pepper, and cream cheese in a small bowl. Cut a horizontal slit through the thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a deep pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons quinoa mixture into each pocket; secure with a wooden pick. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and black pepper.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes. Turn chicken over. Place pan in oven; bake at 400° for 7 to 8 minutes or until done (mine took 15+ minutes). Let stand 5 minutes.

Discard wooden picks. Cut chicken diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices, if desired. Drizzle pan juices over each serving.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under poultry, Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s