Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Pesto-stuffed chicken breast must be one of the most adaptable dishes of all time… a delicious, quick and healthy weeknight meal with the kids, or a decadent, blowout feast to share with your nearest and dearest. For this recipe though, we’re focussing on the technique and leaving the fillings up to you.
Trimming the flattened chicken into a perfect rectangle is the best way to make stuffing and rolling easier.
Ingredients for two
Slice each breast in half, leaving a “hinge” as if you were cutting open a croissant that you want to put back together for baking.
Season with salt and pepper, sandwich between two sheets of clingfilm and beat lightly with a meat tenderiser or rolling pin until the meat is a uniform thickness, about a centimetre.
Layer the ham on a long sheet of clingfilm, making sure it’s at least 1 inch taller and wider than your flattened chicken.
Place the chicken on top and stuff with your pesto and fillings. Don’t go over the top with quantities or they will spill out the sides when you roll.
Using the clingfilm, roll away from you, encapsulating the stuffed chicken in the ham. Once you’ve used up all the clingfilm, pinch both ends of and twist them to tighten the sausage. It should end up looking a bit like a Christmas cracker.
Tie the ends off and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to overnight. This will help the breast "set" in its new shape.
Bake in a 200°C for 20-25 minutes until the ham has turned crispy and the breast is perfectly juicy.
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