Rating: 3.39 stars
80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 34
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 0

Cooked on the bone, the delicate white meat of chicken breasts stays moist.

Everyday Food, May 2006

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prep:
25 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside. With a paring knife, cut a 1-inch-long slit in thick side of each breast. Insert knife, and without enlarging opening, carefully work around inside to form a pocket (make sure you do not go through the other side).

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  • On a cutting board, pile basil, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, zest, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; finely chop. Divide mixture evenly, and spoon into breast pockets, spreading it around. Insert one piece of cheese in each breast pocket.

  • Close pockets, using 2 to 3 toothpicks per breast; arrange, skin side up, on baking sheet. Rub with olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast until well browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of breast (avoiding bone) reads 165 degrees, 30 to 35 minutes. Let chicken rest 5 minutes; remove toothpicks before serving.

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Reviews (12)

80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 34
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
10/21/2012
A friend of mine cooked this recipe the other day and it was very good :-)
Rating: Unrated
06/21/2010
I made this for dinner tonight and it turned out excellent. I used fresh, diced tomatoes in place of the sun-dried tomatoes, and also added a few more seasonings to the top in addition to the salt and pepper. I added a dash of parsley, basil and garlic on top and they looked beautiful. I served it with minced, fresh tomatoes on top as garnish and it looked exquisite! And... it was so easy to make!
Rating: Unrated
01/30/2009
Can't beat new Chicken recipes, and this one will be on my table soon. I liked your idea YankeeinEngland how you blended the spices. Thanks. Now I am printing this off, and onto all the other exciting ideas with Chicken. Good posting as always. God Bless
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11/13/2008
Not bad, but I put the tomato, basil, and garlic into the food processor, then spread this into the chicken pockets, then baked. I topped with the cheese the last 10 mins of baking, and it was delicious.
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10/21/2008
So good. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts. It worked great. I also used dieced tomatos. It was really good
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04/20/2008
Very tasty but cooking the chicken on the bone too quite a while. Will try agan but may try it boneless but with skin on just to give it another try. Flavors work wonderfully.
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04/10/2008
This is a delicious chicken recipe!!!! So easy to fix and comes out perfect! The basil really gives the chicken a wonderful flavor! I'm sharing this recipe with everyone! YUMMY!
Rating: Unrated
02/06/2008
My husband and I truly enjoyed this recipe... It was easy to prepare and delicious. We both need to watch our fat and cholesterol intake, a breakdown of nutritional information would be a huge improvement to all of these recipes.
Rating: Unrated
02/03/2008
i made this last night along with the pasta with shrimp, tomato, and basil (the recipe can be found on here) it was really good and super easy to make! i will be making this again soon!
Rating: Unrated
01/24/2008
I made this dish for my wife and a friend of hers from work. They were both very impressed and I looked like a culinary genius.
Rating: Unrated
01/10/2008
wonderful and very simple. My family loved it.
Rating: Unrated
11/05/2007
Excellent! made this for dinner tonight and it was very good and filling.