Stuffed chicken: the “BrEaST” kind

by Khushboo on March 21, 2012

If I were a man, I am almost certain I would be a breast man…at least if my chicken preference is anything to go by ;) .  Given its availability and versatility, chicken breast has always been a staple in my diet.  Despite the infinite ways to cook up chicken, I tend to get stuck on one flavor or cooking method and keep eating it until I am fed up.  My current chicken obsession is in the form of chicken suya:

Chicken (or beef) suya is a popular food sold on the streets of Nigeria.  It’s similar to shish kebab (roasted skewered meat), but with an African twist.   When I lived in Nigeria, we used to buy the suya powder and replicate it at home.  Although we’ve never made the powder from scratch, it’s essentially a combination of ground peanuts, cayenne pepper, paprika, ground ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.  It’s absolutely delicious but too hot too handle…literally!  Despite the copious amounts of Ketchup I dipped each piece in, my mouth was on fire by the end of lunch.

Considering that was today’s lunch, it’s safe to say that chicken suya still has a few more weeks until it’s rotation time.  However that didn’t stop me from trying out a new chicken recipe over the weekend: Philly Stuffed Chicken Breast

Philly Stuffed Chicken Breast (serves 1)

*Note: Vegetarians can replicate this with meat-free fillets*

Ingredients

  • Chicken breast piece
  • Basil Leaves
  • Philadelphia (Light) cream cheese
  • Tomato slices
  • Black pepper
  • Your favorite chicken marinade/spice

Method

1) Preheat oven to 200*C

2) Cut a pocket across the breast piece

3) Add a heaped teaspoon of Philly into the chicken and spread a layer across.

4) Place basil leaves and tomato slices on top of the cream cheese.  Sprinkle over black pepper.

5) Rub enough marinade/spice to coat the entire breast piece

6) Place the chicken on foil and let it bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes

7) Serve with your choice of sides

What’s your current go-to chicken recipe?

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

StoriesAndSweetPotatoes March 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

That is one gorgeous breast. I’ve always been intimidated to make stuffed chicken but I’m pretty sure I can do this! Thanks for the idea :)

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

Hope you enjoy it! For the longest time, the idea of touching raw chicken intimidated me!

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Parita March 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

This looks a million times better than my “Shake n’ Bake” stuffed chicken! I think Vishnu and his roommate would be all over this…sending him the recipe now! :)

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

Ohh is that recipe on your blog? If so, I will definitely give it a go! Hope Vishnu tried out (and enjoyed) this recipe :) !

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forgottenbeast March 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

That suya powder sounds GOOD! Everything I love, in one powerful seasoning. I bet it would be awesome as a coating for tofu or even roasted veggies, too.

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

I often use it on tofu and it tastes GREAT…even on mushrooms, given how their meaty texture!

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forgottenbeast March 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Ohh, I didn’t even stop to think about mushrooms, I bet that would be amazing! I’m a huge fan of marinated portobellos–I agree, they have such great texture.

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Honey What's Cooking March 22, 2012 at 1:42 am

this looks soooooo delish. i love your nigeria posts. :-) they are so nostalgic. you definitely ventured out in terms of eating there, i always ate indian food at home, i lived there till i was 9 though.

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

Haha I wish I ventured out more…suya and jollof rice was as “adventerous” as I went! What school did you attend in Nigeria?

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turtlespdrunner March 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

I’m not a huge fan of chicken because I think it gets boring, but these two dishes both look really yum and flavoursome!!

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

Chicken can get boring but its blandness works out well..enables it to take on a variety of flavors!

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JoJo March 22, 2012 at 10:35 am

I love it when I feel like I can taste the food by looking at photos…
This looks amazing! I love that it’s not too complicated too, it’s a must try!

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

Please do try, I am sure you’d love it!

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Kiran March 22, 2012 at 10:58 am

Ha! Your first sentence got me laughing to loud, it hurts so good :D

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

I am glad u enjoy my quirky sense of humor!

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Chelsea A (@1healthmunchkin) March 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

This looks amazing! I love stuffing chicken with goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and black olives. But I’ve never tried anything like this recipe before – I’m definitely bookmarking this to try! :D

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

Oh wow and I’m definitely trying out your combination for stuffing chicken..I can already tell it’s a winner!

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Ameena March 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I don’t eat chicken but I will say that there are few things that don’t go phenomenally well with cream cheese! Such a great idea.

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

Oh so true…cream cheese is wonderful, preferably on bagels or in cheesecake ;) !

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sarah (onedayiwillseethesun) March 23, 2012 at 3:21 am

this looks amazing, my boyfriend loves chicken. I may cook this for him, I like adding soy sauce and chinese 5 spice to mine

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

Hope he enjoys it!

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Brittany March 23, 2012 at 4:39 am

Mmmmm basil. I do not eat chicken, however this recipe does look mighty tasty.

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

Even the combo without the chicken (tomato slices, basil and cream cheese) is fabulous, especially as a summer salad!

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Sig March 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

Stuffed chicken is one my go-to meals for weeknight dinners – add some salad on the side and roasted sweet potato – voila!

I stuff it with goats cheese/fetta, hommus, roasted peppers and fresh chill – covered in panko breadcrumbs…mmm…ok thats what I want for dinner now.

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Khushboo Thadani March 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

Hummus stuffed chicken…you are genius!

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Kiran March 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

A jet-setter for sure — and Disney marathon is something I’m sure is easily doable for you :)

I need to try this stuffed chicken breast recipe — looks so drool-worthy :D

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Khushboo Thadani March 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

If you do try it, hope you enjoy it :)

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