Parmesan-stuffed chicken breasts.

Happy Wednesday, friends! Smile

I have a great recipe to share today, so let’s get right down to business!

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Breakfast:

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More of this stuff +

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Lunch:

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Edamame (found in the freezer section of the grocery store and warmed in the microwave) +

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a mini flatbread pizza (love these things!).

Snack:

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A long time ago, I shared a method for quickly and easily popping popcorn … but I’m going to share again, in case you never saw that post.

Just buy a bag of popcorn kernels at the store (it’s so cheap … like maybe $1.25 for a giant bag).  Put a couple tablespoons of kernels into a regular brown paper bag (the kind that you would pack a lunch in).  Fold the top of the bag over a couple of times to seal it.  Put the bag into the microwave (sitting upright), and heat for a couple of minutes … just make sure you’re listening so that when the pops are few and far between, you know it’s time to take the bag out.

And that’s it!  Super easy.  I usually melt a little butter to go on top, plus I add a generous helping of salt.  So delicious!

Dinner:

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No, you’re not seeing things.  That really is the largest chicken breast on earth. Disappointed smile  No, I could not eat it all.  I ate about half, and then saved the rest for lunch the following day.

But this recipe for Parmesan-stuffed chicken breasts is simple and incredibly flavorful.  Check out the recipe below!

(I served it with a side of this super easy pasta.  Love!)

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Parmesan-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Serves 3-4 … depending on how much you and your loved ones can eat!

(Slightly adapted from the Great Food Fast cookbook)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf or Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves (about 3 lbs)

(Note: I used 2 huge chicken breast halves, instead of 4 smaller ones, because that’s all I could find.  But if you can find the smaller ones, that’s probably better!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix breadcrumbs, cheese, lemon zest, salt (1/4 tsp) and pepper (1/4 tsp) together in a small bowl.
  3. Season the chicken breasts with more salt and pepper.
  4. Carefully loosen the skin of the first chicken breast with your fingers (note: I had to cut a small slit in the skin with a knife in order to be able to lift it up).  Spoon some of the parsley mixture down under the skin.  Do that for each of the chicken breasts, dividing the parsley mixture evenly between breasts.
  5. Place all of the chicken into a 9×13 inch roasting pan (I covered the bottom of my pan with foil for easy clean up!).
  6. Bake chicken until the skin is crispy and the breasts are cooked through.  If you use a meat thermometer, the thickest part of the breast should register at 165 degrees.  Note: if you’re cooking 4 smaller breasts, the cooking time should be around 30 minutes.  If you are cooking two larger breasts (like I did), the time will be closer to 45 minutes.

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These pictures do not do this meal justice.  The meat came out incredibly juice and tender, and the skin was crispy and bursting with flavor.  This dish definitely earned two thumbs up at our house! Smile

Question for ya …

Best thing you’ve eaten this week?

Ever popped popcorn in a brown paper bag?

If you watched “Bachelor Pad,” how shocked were you on Monday with the final episode??? Surprised smile



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22 Responses to Parmesan-stuffed chicken breasts.

  1. Anna @AnnaTheApple

    Love this recipe! Really simple and easy.
    I used to pop my popcorn in a plastic container and over time it became so dented with the sheer force of the corn popping I had to replace it hehe, whoops.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh that’s funny! Try the brown bags … they’re cheap and they really work!

  2. Angela @ Health's Angel

    Haha! The picture of that chicken breast made me laugh. SO BIG! I’m sure it was delicious, though!
    I need to try that popcorn popping method. Thanks for sharing! Sounds so easy.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh yeah, it was borderline obscene haha. Of course, my husband somehow managed to eat his massive piece without any issue!

  3. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    Everything looks so good, especially that pita bread pizza and the Parmesan stuffed chicken, (obviously I am in an Italian mood?)! I like your idea for popping popcorn in a brown bag. It sounds so much cheaper than buying individual bags in the store, plus you can control your own ingredients.
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  4. Lauren

    Never made popcorn that way before…now I have to try it :-)

  5. Amy

    Im hungry!! Thanks Kristen :p

  6. Corrie Anne

    Haha. I WAS wondering about that chicken breast! It looks gigantic!! But it looks great. Grill night is almost always my fave in our house!
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  7. amy @ fearless homemaker

    Ooh, those chicken breasts sound delicious!
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  8. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie

    Love Edamame! It’s my favorite snack! This recipe looks soo so good!
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  9. Theresa

    mmm that chicken looks delicious! We had rotisserie chicken from Costco last night and it was awesome…my favorite part is that there is TONS of leftovers afterwards!
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  10. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    That chicken looks so good! I wasn’t too shocked by ‘Bachelor Pad,’ because the previews kind of gave it away. I really didn’t feel too bad for Rachel (maybe I just don’t like her?), because she never tried to make friends with Nick. Or that’s what they made it seem like. Who knows. It’s “just a game” :) !
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  11. Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat

    I was def shocked with Bachelor Pad- but I think that Rachel didn’t totally earn it all the way- she was too involved with Michael after he left and she wasn’t into it any more. I think he was right, it’s a game and he won.
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    • Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat

      Oh, and I think Blakeley and Tony is a wierd couple!
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      • notsodomesticated

        Yeah Blakely and Tony seem a bit weird to me, too. But he seems like a nice guy … I hope things work out for them!

  12. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Such a great recipe, thank you for sharing! It’s nice and simple too, once I come across something that starts to get too complicated, I slowly back away and find something else! ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      I definitely prefer uncomplicated recipes, as well!

  13. Jessie

    I’ve made parmesan-stuffed chicken breast before, and have to agree that it’s absolutely amazing!! So simple to make too.

    Have a wonderful Friday & weekend hunnie <3
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hope you have a great weekend, too, Jessie!!

  14. Kat

    mmm such a delicious sounding recipe. Im telling you, anything with cheese in the title is all for me.

  15. Elle @TheWay

    Never tried the brown bag method for popcorn. I love making it on the stove, but it hasn’t went to well lately. Maybe I let the popcorn get old?
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hmm I don’t know, because I’ve never done it on the stove. But we let a bag of kernels sit in our cupboard for MONTHS and months and they still work in the microwave! That’s a good question, though!

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