Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts are easy yet mouthwatering. Plus they’re ready in under 30 minutes!

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One of the things Ben and I have been marveling over recently is the fact that someday Lincoln, our newborn baby, will be a teenager who drives (and dates, but I can’t even think about that right now!) then a fully functioning adult who has a job, house, car, and kids of his own. It’s hard to imagine all of that when you’re looking at a tiny little thing wearing a puppy dog-adorned onsie.

Before all of that, though, comes the school-aged years full of band concerts, parent-teacher conferences, soccer practice – scratch that, Ben says golf practice – and lots of homework. Gosh, do you ever think back to your childhood and just want to give your parents a million dollars for shuttling your butt here, there, and literally everywhere nearly every single night of the week for nearly every activity under the sun?!

That is to say, as busy as life feels right now, it’s only going to get busier. I know plenty of you are in the same boat, especially with school starting recently, so I’ve got a recipe for you to make on hectic weeknights that’s super quick yet anything but boring: Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts.

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Looks like a lowly ol’ chicken breast right? Wrong-o! Stuffed inside is a mix of not one, but two types of sun-dried tomato and basil-flavored cheeses, more chewy sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil. From start to finish you can get this dish prepped, cooked, and on the table in under 30 minutes. Promise!

While quick and easy, this chicken feels anything but. The fresh flavors will wow and, hello, anything stuffed is usually a crowd pleaser. I made a version of this dish for a freelance project last week, and have made this version twice since then. It is that good!

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Start by making the Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil stuffing which, as I mentioned, is spiked with two types of cheeses – muwahaha! Ahem. The first is Laughing Low wedges. Love these things! FYI they are also delicious with pretzels.

To keep with the theme I used Light Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Wedges. You’ll need four. Just un-peel then pop ‘em into a big bowl.

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Next add 1/4 cup Tomato & Basil crumbled feta cheese. My Mom clued me into flavored feta cheese a few weeks ago. How the heck did I not know this amazing stuff existed? It’s full of flavor.

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Now add 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes. I always use the ones that are packed in oil, as I like the flavor and texture, but you can use dried –> rehydrated ones too. Whichever you prefer.

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Finally add 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil. I love how easy the measurements in this recipe are to remember. Honestly, you don’t even have to measure, but I know how you like your recipes nice and precise! ; )

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Mix everything up then set it aside for a sec.

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Next cut a pocket into the thickest part of 4 chicken breasts. Use a sharp knife and make sure not to cut all the through now, ya’ hear?

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Stuff 1/4 of the stuffing into each pocket, then seal with a couple toothpicks.

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Brush both sides of the chicken breasts with extra virgin olive oil, and season with salt and pepper, then saute for 4-5 minutes a side, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Be sure not to crank the heat above medium otherwise the chicken will burn before it’s fully cooked.

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Remove the toothpicks, steam up some veggies, then dig in and enjoy!

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Serves 4

Adapted from BHG.com

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts
4 Laughing Cow Light Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil wedges
1/4 cup Tomato and Basil feta cheese crumbles
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
salt & pepper
extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Cut a pocket into the thickest part of the chicken breasts, being careful not to cut all the way through. Combine Laughing Cow wedges, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil in a bowl then divide mixture into fourths and stuff a quarter of the filling into each pocket. Close pockets with toothpicks then brush both sides of the chicken with extra virgin olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat then saute chicken for 4-5 minutes a side, or until cooked all the way through. Remove toothpicks then serve.
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Comments

  1. Oh how I love easy chicken breast recipes! And I love that Ben is already insisting that there will be golf practice and not soccer practice :)

  2. Oh, Kristin! These look amazing on so many levels! I love, love Laughing Cow light cheeses, but haven’t tried the flavored fetas. Guess what’s going on my grocery list ASAP!?!? Oh – and I just have to smile as you describe your visions of little Lincoln’s future! Somehow my two little ones are already 11! (Middle schoolers *gasp*! No idea how that happened so fast – probably magic.) It does get so much busier, but in lots and lots of really awesome ways! :D

  3. C. 09.04.2013

    These look delicious! I have never stuffed a chicken breast before; I think it’s time to give it a shot.

  4. I love sun dried tomatoes– pinning this! (:

  5. Tieghan 09.04.2013

    This is one of my favorite fillings! I love sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and basil! Such a perfect meal in my eyes!

  6. JJ 09.04.2013

    Wow this looks amazing. This is going on my meal plan for next week.

  7. It is crazy to think that your little precious man will be a grown adult one day. I wonder if he’ll say “suckers!”… ;) that pic was too cute.

  8. Lucy 09.04.2013

    This looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it out. And yes, there is nothing like parenthood to make you appreciate a hundred-fold everything your parents ever did for you. And for wondering how in the world they ever let us go when they did. College? Forgetaboutit : )

  9. This seems like the perfect nice n’ easy recipe for tonight’s dinner. Thank you!

  10. Tom T. 09.04.2013

    Love sun-dried tomatoes. I bet you could grill this too right?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.04.2013

      I think so! As long as you can keep the heat at a medium range.

    • Wendy 09.08.2013

      Just wanted you to know that I did grill these tonight! What a flavorful meal! I set 3 burners on low and laid the stuffed breasts on a cast iron skillet with olive oil for approx. 15+ minutes. I couldn’t find that particular laughing cow cheese so substituted regular Mozzerella instead. Absolutely delicious Kristin! Thanks for all the recipes you pass along. And congratulations on that sweet babe!

  11. What a great use of the laughing cow cheese. We love it in our house!

  12. Kristin 09.04.2013

    Just out of curiousity, why do you often pan sear your chicken rather than bake or grill it?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.04.2013

      I just find it quick and easy, plus the stove top doesn’t heat up the house like the oven does.

  13. Elly 09.04.2013

    Could you bake this chicken breast? My hubs doesn’t like sauteed chicken!

  14. sun-dried tomatoes and feta – you are speaking to me! And laughing cow too?! Love it!

  15. My heart just skipped a beat. These look amazing! Getting ready to make sun dried tomatoes with my homegrown ones. This will definitely be on top of the list when I’m done.

  16. Dena 09.04.2013

    My son was just born yesterday, however, he is a SENIOR on the golf team this year. How did that happen? Trust me, next thing you know, you will be watching your MAN play golf and wonder how your age tells you you are 41 and he is 17, but your mind thinks you are 23 and he was just born yesterday. I wanna go back and do it again! :**( Instead, I will just make him this chicken dish for dinner tonight and remember when he got his first set of golf clubs at age 4 :)

  17. I really love the idea of stuffed chicken- I cannot believe I have never did it before it looks so easy and delicious and professional looking! im honestly not a huge fan of sundried tomatoes for no other reason than bc i had a bad experience with it. I bought them jarred from WF to make my now boyfriend the first meal i ever made for him and they tasted AWFUL. like so awful i threw the dinner out and made somethinig else haha ever since then i have had an eversion to sundried tomatoes and stick to roasting tomatoes instead! haha

  18. Sun-dried tomato and basil is one of my favorite combos! Make it creamy and stuff it inside chicken? Sounds like a winner to me! :)

  19. Amy 09.04.2013

    Kristin, I’m SO happy that you included band concerts in your list of potential activities for Lincoln’s school-aged years! I was a huge high school band geek, so it’s really exciting for me to hear that parents (other than my own!) think that sports aren’t the only after-school activity for their kids. :)

    And I’ve been meaning to try making stuffed chicken for years now, but I could never quite understand how to make the filling stay inside. I read other recipes’ directions, but your pictures make the toothpick step so much clearer. Thank you for including those!

  20. Looks great! I wish the hubby liked sun-dried tomatoes as much as I do. I can’t get enough of those lil’ things.

  21. I am experiencing your emotions about Linc from the other end. My grown son and his family are living with us for a couple months while they transition. I’m having a hard time dealing with the fact that my little boy is a man, a husband and father. Enjoy every minute, he’ll be grown before you know it. Love your site !!

  22. nancy 09.04.2013

    Yummy recipe! Can’t wait to make them. Your little baby is so adorable — a real cross between you and Ben. He’s already growing so fast. Sounds like you are doing everything right – just loving him up – and enjoying the ride. Thanks for all the updates and pictures.

  23. Annie 09.04.2013

    Oh yay…I LOOOOOVE all of your chicken recipes. I think I make at least one per week so I cant wait to try this soon!

  24. Candy 09.04.2013

    The chicken looks really good, but I really wanted to see that “tiny little thing wearing a puppy dog-adorned onsie”! :)

  25. Robin 09.04.2013

    Ha, just like Candy, I find myself opening each new recipe (email) wondering if there will be a photo of little L …

  26. Ali 09.04.2013

    This recipe looks great. I can’t imagine the fact that Aiden is going to be a grownup at some point in his life. I feel like he’s mine forever and it’s a little unfathomable that won’t be forever!

  27. Mmmm! Love the trick of adding the toothpick to hold the chicken together! This looks so flavorful.

  28. Debtgirl 09.05.2013

    My girl is 14 and just made the high school varsity golf team! I could not be prouder….!!!!!

  29. Marit 09.05.2013

    I love Laughing Cow because its portion controlled but more importantly so spreadable like cream cheese. Another favorite use is spread on toast with jelly and an over-easy egg. Amazing combo.

  30. Jessica 09.06.2013

    This recipe looks fantastic! I didn’t have all of these ingredients on hand but I was inspired to make my own version of this and I shared it on my blog. I referenced you and yours because you write my favorite food blog there is. Thanks for constantly sharing and inspiring.

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  33. Christine 09.06.2013

    This is going on my “to make” list since it’s been in the 100++’s here for almost 2 weeks and with no end in sight. Getting sick of salad-land so this is perfect, stove top/no oven and fast!

  34. Deb Campbell 09.06.2013

    I made the stuffed chicken breasts for dinner this evening. Wonderful, – just wonderful! My husband had suggested going out to eat tonight but was really glad that we ate in. So easy and so, so very good. Served them with steamed broccoli with squeezed lemon juice. Perfect. Thank you!

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  39. Chantal 09.08.2013

    I couldn’t find basil flavoured laughing cow here in Canada so I used the herb and garlic kind. Also had regular feta on hand so used that instead of the flavoured type, and it turned out delicious! I never knew stuffed chicken breasts were so easy to put together. Makes a simple dinner just that much fancier. Now that I have tested this recipe I’ll definitely make it next time we have people over for dinner. My friends will be impressed!

    My chicken breasts were pretty thick so I ended up cooking them quite a bit longer than the recipe says, just to be sure they were fully cooked. I’m pretty paranoid of undercookingn things, and since these were stuffed I couldn’t cut into one to check!

  40. Courtney 09.09.2013

    Ok, I have made this twice already, it’s THAT good! I have Celiac so I have to eat gluten free, and I limit myself to one or two of those gluten free versions of normally glutenized (yes I made that word up) food per week, so I love when I see naturally gluten free recipes. This one is fabulous!

  41. Guess I know what I’m making for dinner tonight….

  42. Emily Lofgren 09.11.2013

    Definitely going to try this one ASAP. Sounds fabulous!

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  44. Sara 09.15.2013

    I made this for a dinner party last night and it was so good! I couldn’t find the Laughing Cow Light Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Wedges, so I used half of a container of fresh mozzarella balls. I cut them in half before mixing with the other ingredients. It had great flavor, and was a big hit at the party! :)

  45. Andrea 09.22.2013

    I’ve never tried making stuffed chicken before. This sounds delicious though and doesn’t look too hard. Will have to give it a try!

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  48. Kori Casey 02.09.2014

    Hi, Kristin. Do you think this would be a good make-ahead/freeze type meal? I’m expecting my first baby in a few months and have been trying to get some ideas since people are always telling me that trying to cook with a newborn is really challenging! Thanks!

    • Kristin 02.11.2014

      I would think so! I’d just let them thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking. Congratulations, by the way!! :)

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