Marinated Artichoke Heart, Sun-dried Tomato and Boursin Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Because it’s Sunday, I wanted to make a nice dinner for my family. I like to make things for dinner that look and taste impressive, that I would be proud to serve at a dinner party … but are also easy enough to make any night of the week without too much work. I believe some of the easiest dishes to make are the best. Maybe it’s because I feel confident while preparing a dish that isn’t too difficult, and that confidence comes through in the finished product.

I picked up a package of Boursin Garlic and Fine Herb Cheese at the market last week. The rest of the ingredients came to mind from there. I grabbed a jar of marinated artichokes and a jar of Sun Dried Tomato Halves, in olive oil. I also picked up a package of three boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

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I started by slicing my breasts lengthwise, being careful not to cut all the way through the chicken.

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Once I had all three breasts sliced, I sprinkled kosher salt and pepper over the inside of my chicken. In a small dish, I placed two tablespoons each of the liquid from a jar of artichokes and a jar of sun-dried tomatoes (in oil).

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Just look at those yummy herb flakes in this bowl. It can only add so much to this flavorful chicken.

I placed a couple artichokes pieces on the center of the chicken and on top of that, sun-dried tomatoes. On top of the artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes, I placed two tablespoons of Boursin cheese.

I then folded the top half of the breast over the bottom before placing it on my sheet pan for roasting.

Once I had the chicken on the rack on my sheet pan, I drizzled a third tablespoon of olive oil over each breast and sprinkled the rest of the kosher salt and pepper over the top of the chicken before brushing the liquid I took from the artichoke jar and sun-dried tomato jar. Once I brushed the liquid over the chicken, I sprinkled pasta sprinkle seasoning on top. I bought this seasoning at Penzeys spice shop last week and couldn’t wait to use it. If you don’t have Penzeys pasta sprinkle, you could definitely use Italian seasoning and if you are interested in buying the pasta sprinkle, but don’t have a Penzey’s near you, you can order from them on-line at http://www.penzeys.com. Kylie and I had so much fun perusing their store. I think she had as much fun as I did shopping there. In fact, she’s the one that picked the pasta sprinkle.

I roasted my chicken in a 425 degree oven for 40 minutes. The chicken I bought was so large, I ended up cutting the breasts in half and I’m going to be using the rest tomorrow in a pasta dish. I may blog about that one … stay tuned!

I served the chicken with roasted broccolini and roasted small potatoes.

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Ingredients

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided

2 teaspoons Penzeys Italian sprinkle

2 tablespoons liquid from sun-dried tomato jar

2 tablespoons liquid from artichoke jar

4-5 sun-dried tomato halves per breast

2-3 artichoke halves per breast

6 tablespoons Boursin garlic and fine herb cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut chicken breasts in half, lengthwise (being careful to not cut all the way through).
  3. Take 2 tablespoons liquid from artichoke jar and 2 tablespoons liquid from sun-dried tomato jar and set aside in a bowl, mix together.
  4. Sprinkle open chicken with half the salt and pepper.
  5. In center of breast, near “seam” lay artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and spoon Boursin cheese.
  6. Fold chicken closed and place on rack on baking sheet.
  7. Drizzle olive oil over chicken and sprinkle with the rest of the salt and pepper.
  8. Brush artichoke and sun-dried tomato liquid over chicken and sprinkle with Pasta sprinkle.
  9. Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

 

 

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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