I have based this on my Easy Garlic and Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts as a variation. I used panko but you could use plain dried breadcrumbs. This recipe can easily be doubled.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon butter (softened but not melted)
- 1 -2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (or more if you like)
- camembert cheese (I used a double cream camenbert cut into strips to fit in the pocket)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄4 cup white wine
- olive oil flavored cooking spray or butter, for greasing baking dish
- Preheat oven to 180'C/350-375'F.
- Mix together the chopped basil, garlic and butter.
- Cut a deep cut along each chicken breast to make a pocket.
- Fill pockets with mixture and then place camenbert slices of top, pressing in well.
- Dust with a little flour and dip into the beaten egg.
- Add salt and pepper to the panko and stir.
- Roll breasts in the panko mix covering them well.
- At this stage you can either place in fridge for 30 minutes to set the crumbs or start cooking by placing the breasts in a greased or sprayed baking dish.
- Place in oven and bake for 15mins.
- Pour over the wine and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
I made this on the weekend for a dinner party we had and my husband said its a keeper...which is the highest rating you can get for me! It was simply delicious. The only addition I made was an extra quarter of a cup of wine, making it half a cup that was poured over the chicken breasts and also I used seasoned breadcrumbs instead of Panko. A recipe that I will make again and again. I served it with caesar salad and warm crusty bread and the entire meal was demolished by all. Thanks for an awesome recipe.
Wow! Simply excellent. This is a new favorite "company" recipe. It is superb. The basil and garlic and cheese flavors are delicious. I thought it would be hard to make but it was simple. For the wine I used an Italian Pino Grigio that I also served as the accompanying wine for the meal. Excellent pairing of flavors. The wine in the recipe is necessary to keep the chicken moist and provides a delicious sauce that can be drizzled over the top of the meat. As I mentioned, I thought it would be hard but it wasn't; I used regular, seasoned bread crumbs straight off the shelf from the grocery store instead of the panko. One tip: cut the breasts from the thickest side. It took me a minute to figure out which side to cut. (being a novice chef). I also made the dish with gruyere (left over from a party three nights ago). Since it was a harder cheese, the gruyere browned beautifully and made a delicious crust on top of the chicken. Yum, yum, yum. The recipe is like a Chicken Cordon Bleu. However, I like this recipe better than Cordon Bleu; it seems just as fancy but tastes better and is simpler to make. Thank you Jen T for opening my eyes to a wonderful recipe.
This was lovely, a great dish for a romantic dinner. I did have a bit of an oozing issue in the pan but I simply poured the pan juices over the chicken when serving. I think I was a little conservative with the camembert so would use a bit more next time, but this is a winner for sure. Thanks Jen!