Mozzarella Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Panko Parmesan Crust – an easy stuffed chicken breast recipe! Mozzarella stuffed chicken is perfect for an everyday dinner or entertaining.
A New Chicken Breast Recipe
Last week we invited friends over for dinner. I love having friends over because it gives us a chance to have other people taste our recipes. Oh, and the company is nice too.:) I asked Josh if he had any menu ideas and he suggested chicken. I was fine with that. I just make sure there are plenty of veggie sides. 🙂
I knew I probably shouldn’t try new chicken breast recipes when we are entertaining, to avoid stress, but I couldn’t help myself. I love creating new recipes and I love getting feedback before we post our recipes on the blog! I warned our friends we were trying a new chicken breast recipe on them, and they seemed to excited to be our guinea pigs! 🙂
How to Make a Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe
We had Spinach Basil Pesto in the fridge, so I decided to make Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Pesto. Some people shy away from stuffed chicken breast recipes, but they really aren’t scary! Stuffed chicken recipes are simple, it just takes the added step of pounding out the chicken, and deciding on something good to stuff with.
- Josh pounded out the chicken breasts and we spread pesto over each piece of chicken.
- We added fresh slices of mozzarella cheese and rolled up the chicken breasts.
- We used toothpicks to hold them in place. They were nice and snug. You don’t want the cheese to ooze out while baking.
- We coated the chicken breasts in a Panko parmesan crust.
- We popped the chicken breasts in the oven and baked them until they were golden brown.
This is now one of my favorite stuffed chicken breast recipes! It’s super easy and yet it feels special, which makes it great for entertaining or an easy weeknight dinner.
Our New Chicken Breast Recipe was a Hit!
I asked Josh if he liked our new stuffed chicken breast recipe. He said, “What’s not to love? Chicken, cheese, pesto, and a crispy cheese crust? This is an awesome chicken breast recipe!” He loved it! Our guests enjoyed the meal as well. Whew! Glad our new chicken recipe was a hit!
Looking for a new chicken breast recipe to wow your family and friends? Give this stuffed chicken breast recipe a try! These Mozzarella Pesto Chicken Breasts were easy and delicious!
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! Thanks for tuning into our blog! We sure do appreciate you!
Mozzarella Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper for seasoning chicken
- 3/4 cup basil pesto Basil Pesto or use store-bought pesto
- 8 ounces sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, flatten each chicken breast to about a ¼ inch.
- Spread 3 tablespoons pesto onto each chicken breast; top each with mozzarella cheese, about 2 ounces of cheese per breast. Carefully roll up the chicken and secure with toothpicks.
- Place the beaten eggs in a pie plate or shallow dish. In a medium bowl, combine panko crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Dip each chicken breast in the eggs and then into the panko parmesan mixture. Make sure the breasts are well coated. Discard any extra mixture. Place chicken on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake 40-45 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center and the chicken is golden brown. Serve warm.
- Note-make sure you remove the toothpicks before eating.
Have you tried this recipe?
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I’ll try nearly anything stuffed with cheese. I love that this is baked in the oven. Simple and lovely.
These look great! Love this combination.
Umm… sorry to have to correct you here, Maria, but your friends didn’t enjoy the meal! They LOVED IT! It was absolutely delicious and such a great alternative to eat chicken. Seriously, it was fantastic. The dessert wasn’t so bad either (considering we had to restrain ourselves from licking the bowl!). You both are such gracious hosts and absolutely wonderful people. So grateful to know you.
I am so glad you liked the meal! Let’s do it again! You guys are the best! xo
This looks wonderful! I love stuffed chicken breasts and this post reminds me that I do not make them nearly enough.
A tasty way to prepare chicken! Hope you are having a fab weekend!
I just stumbled on this recipe and I’m unsure on how u roll chicken since I’m a little new to cooking. Any pointers?
I want it in my mouth. This is defo going to be dinner some night this week.
Loved this recipe!! I’ve never made stuffed chicken breasts before and they turned out perfectly. I made just a couple slight tweaks including marinating the chicken in wine, lemon and garlic beforehand, and using egg whites instead of whole eggs. Will definitely make this again. Also, loved your spinach basil pesto recipe!
Just made this tonight….Delicious!!!
This recipe is wonderful. My husband loved it and it was so simple to make. I used grated Mozzarela cheese and it melted out, so I will try using slices next time.
I just made this last night for my husband and I. it was pretty simple to make and it turned out amazing! it tasted like I had spent hours preparing it! 🙂 I’ll definitely be making this again!! Thank you!
Any tips on how to roll the chicken breasts. Everything tasted it great but i had a hard time keeping them together while baking, even using toothpicks! Thanks
Always surprised by ppl comments to the recipes “it sounds tasty, looks good, great idea, must try etc. :)) and only one comment is from the person who actually fixed it.
Quick question. Will this work if you make a small cut in the breast and spoon the stuffing then roll it in the crumbs? Sorta like a pocket. Looks like something I want to make tonight and don’t feel comfortable rolling them having the cheese come out. I’m definitely going to make my own basil pesto sauce… Thanks for the great idea
Trying this for dinner tonight
Boyfriend LOVED this. I liked it too (just not as much as he did). I’ll definitely be making it again, especially now that I know it’s actually pretty simple!
I saw a lot of “can’t wait to try it” comment’s but has anyone actually tried it, and if so how did they rate this recipe? Looks delicious.
JUST A HEADS UP!
you do not need as much of the bread crumbs, parmasean, italian seasoning, etc. as they say!! I wound up throwing away probably more than half of it!
Tastes AMAZING though!!
thanks for sharing
I actually have been making this dish for years. It is a diabetic meal. You can also lay it on a bed of wild rice. It is one of my favorites.
As a single dad,chef and a musician,I am spent 5 days out of 7!!! My daughter loves whipping up this recipie on Tuesdays for when my band mates and I get back from practice!!!Its an fairly easy recipie for her to follow plus she can get in some internet time in while doing so!!!!!
My family LOVED it!!
I made this for dinner and loved it! Thanks for the recipe!
Has anyone tried making a bunch of these and freezing them to use for a super quick dinner during the week? If so, how does the cooking time or temp change? Any other tips for freezing? Thanks!
This seems crispy and yummy! I’ll definitely try it. Thanks for sharing the experience!
Love this recipe! Easy and delicious. I made this almost exactly as is, except I used a Pizza Seasoning Blend from King Arthur Flour that I enjoy instead of Italian Seasoning. I also lightly sprayed my chicken with an olive oil mist to add more of a crunchy texture and more golden appearance. This was served with a simple salad of spinach, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives with balsamic oil and vinegar.
I love chicken breast because they are full of protein. Your recipe looks so great, I will try them in my dinner! Thank you so much.
i dont like chicken but after read your post, i think i will try . it’s look so easy to eat :”> thanks for sharing,
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