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Phyllo-Wrapped Pesto Chicken Recipe

Chicken breasts can be a little too plain for holiday dinners. I decided to dress them up by topping the pesto and cheese and then wrapping in phyllo dough. There's nothing ordinary about them!—Gail Humfeld, Newark, Delaware
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 sheets phyllo dough (14x 9-inch size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (7 ounces each)
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) basil pesto
  • 6 slices Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

  • 1. Brush two phyllo sheets with butter; stack one sheet on the other. Brush top with butter. Form five additional stacks.
  • 2. Flatten chicken; place one piece of chicken on each phyllo stack, with the long side of chicken 1 in. from the long side of the phyllo. Sprinkle with pepper. Place 2 tablespoons pesto on each; top each with a slice of cheese. Fold bottom edge of phyllo over chicken; fold in short sides and roll up.
  • 3. Place seam side down in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Brush with remaining butter. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until chicken juices run clear and pastry is golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 799 calories, 50 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 186 mg cholesterol, 906 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 58 g protein.