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Pancetta and Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Breast

I was inspired by a stuffed chicken Marsala dish I had at a restaurant and wanted to come up with my own version using a different flavor profile. —Ashley Laymon, Lititz, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 slices pancetta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp; drain on paper towels.
  • In same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallot; cook and stir until lightly browned, 1-2 minutes. Stir in mushrooms; cook until tender, 1-2 minutes. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  • Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/4-in. thickness. Spread each with 2 tablespoons pesto; layer with 1 slice pancetta and a fourth of the mushroom mixture. Fold chicken in half, enclosing filling; secure with toothpicks. Sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, 30-35 minutes. Discard toothpicks before serving.

Test Kitchen tips
  • For those who don't like mushrooms, substitute 1 cup baby spinach and saute with shallots.
  • Serve over pasta tossed with pesto.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 stuffed chicken breast half: 420 calories, 25g fat (6g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 1013mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 41g protein.

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    • Butcher2boy
      Jan 5, 2019

      My husband made this after he read the recipe. Easy and it's a keeper.

    • i_like_pie
      Nov 20, 2018

      We enjoyed the flavor combination. I used Canadian bacon for the pancetta and onion for the shallot.