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The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”  
―     Julia Child

Well, Julia sums it up!

Last week I had one of those “what-the-hell” kind of moments. I didn’t know what to make for dinner and all I had was four chicken breast. I wanted something with basil, so instead of making a pesto marinade and slandering on the chicken – I stuffed it!

The filling included ingredients I had in my refrigerator needing to be used such as cooked quinoa.

Ingredients for filling:

  • Basil (1 cup)
  • Spinach (1 cup)
  • Quinoa (1/2 cup)
  • Jalapeno pepper jack cheese (1/2 cup)
  • Green onions (1)
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

Finely slice the basil, spinach and green onions. Then mince the garlic and shred the cheese. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

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To prepare the chicken for stuffing make a slit on the thicker side of the breast creating a pocket. Next, open the pocket and stuff with the filling mixture. Stuff each breast and lay on a cookie rack lined with parchment paper. Once all the breast are stuffed, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil.

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Once all your chicken breasts are stuffed, wrap the poultry with the parchment paper to create a large air-tight packet.

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Cook for 35 to 40 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

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The packet will “steam cook” the chicken which will produce juicy and tender breast. It’s tough to burn food when cooked this way. I am a big fan of this method.

Serve the breast with a side salad or veggies.

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This “what-the-hell” recipe turned out to be super delicious! I just had to share it with you.

Hope you’ll enjoy it too.

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