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Old 12-12-2004, 11:17 AM   #1
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Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Basil-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Poultry

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic -- minced
2 tablespoons olive oil -- divided
2 whole chicken breasts (boned but with skin
intact)
Salt

Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs and basil. Add garlic and 1 tablespoon olive oil, mixing with your fingers to moisten the crumbs. Set aside.
Wash chicken breasts and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt. Lay each breast skin-side up on a cutting board. Loosen the skin from the breasts by gently sliding your fingertips between the skin and the breast meat. Insert half of the stuffing under the side of each whole breast (or about 1/4 cup of the stuffing under each breast half), centering the stuffing in the middle of the breast. Fold skin and meat under to form a neat dome and wrap with kitchen string. Brush with remaining olive oil.

Place the prepared breasts skin-side up in a shallow, greased baking dish. Bake on middle rack of oven until instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breast registers 170 F. and stuffing registers 165 F., about 35 minutes.
When chicken is done, cool slightly and remove string. Slice each whole breast into 2 portions and serve.

Makes 4 servings

Note: Even if there's no time to mix a traditional bread crumb-or rice-based stuffing, you can achieve similar results by slipping a simplified stuffing - a single ingredient - beneath the skin of chicken breasts or turkey.
A few slices of onion, garlic or mushrooms, or leaves of fresh aromatic herbs (basil, rosemary, sage or thyme) will permeate the chicken with flavor and aroma as it bakes.
Don't try to substitute dried basil because it doesn't taste the same!

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