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This is one of those dishes that we like to whip up for dinner. We don’t like eating anything from a box, so we focus on fresh ingredients as much as possible. We’re no saints, of course, but eating fresh is a big deal around here. They take 30 minutes to bake. Prep time is usually about 30 minutes if you have all of your ingredients ready to go. One of the best parts about this recipe is that you can switch out your stuffing options for whatever else you might like. We’ve used mushrooms, bacon, variations of other cheeses, bell peppers, broccoli, etc.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Begin by tenderizing the chicken breasts. Gently tenderize the shiny, smoother side first, but only a little bit. Flip the breast and tenderize the underside until you have a nice flat sheet. Don’t overdo it, or it will fall apart – try to keep it as intact as possible. Sprinkle with desired amounts of salt and pepper. Fill it with all of the above ingredients, minus oil. Gently bring the ends together, forming a parcel and secure with toothpicks where necessary. Pour some olive oil into an ovenproof dish. Place the stuffed parcels side-by side (it’s okay if they are snug). Brush with left over olive oil. Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes or until the tops begin to turn a golden brown. One of the nice advantages of tenderizing the chicken is that it cooks faster, because it’s thinner. Serve immediately and enjoy! Favorite brew pairings are welcome, of course.