Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Basil Walnut Butter

Recipe by JustaQT
READY IN: 27mins




  • To make basil walnut butter: Finely chop walnuts and basil leaves.
  • Place walnuts, basil, garlic, lemon zest, 5 T of butter and salt in bowl of an electric mixer.
  • Using paddle attachment, mix on medium-high until butter is smooth.
  • Using a sharp thin-bladed knife, cut a large pocket in each chicken breast by inserting it horizontally into thickest end and carefully slicing from side to side without piercing the edges of breast.
  • Divide butter in 4 parts and use your fingers to stuff each pocket with a portion.
  • Don't worry if it spills out slightly; they will seem quite full.
  • Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Melt remaining 1 T of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • When it sizzles, lower chicken breast into pan, cover tightly, and reduce heat to low.
  • Cook for 5 minutes or until nicely browned, then turn chicken over and continue to cook, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes longer or until there is no sign of translucency when you peek inside one of the pockets.
  • Some of the basil butter will have spilled out of the chicken to create a sauce in the pan.
  • Transfer the chicken to a warm platter or individual serving plates and spoon the sauce over the top.
  • Serve immediately.