Pampered Chicken Recipe

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed of fat
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 each egg whites
  • 1/3 cup seasoned (Italian-style) breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Lemon wedges
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a chicken breast, skinned-side down, on a cutting board. Keeping the blade of a sharp knife parallel to the board, make a horizontal slit along the thinner, long edge of the breast, cutting nearly through to the opposite side. Open the breast so it forms two flaps, hinged at the center. Place a slice of cheese on one flap, leaving a 1/2-inch border at the edge. Press remaining flap down firmly over the cheese and set aside. Repeat with the remaining breasts.
  2. Lightly beat egg whites with a fork in a medium bowl. Mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Holding a stuffed breast together firmly, dip it in the egg whites and then roll in the breadcrumbs. Repeat with the remaining breasts.
  3. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the stuffed breasts and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn the breasts over and place the skillet in the oven.
  4. Bake the chicken until no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.