October 12, 2011

Smokey Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

I LOVE it when I try a new chicken dish and it turns out to be a big hit.  This chicken was delicious.  Just look at that perfectly browned, crispy coating with the ham and cream cheese starting to ooze out the side. Yummy!  How could a cream cheese stuffed chicken not be good?  Served with a side of my favorite Twice Baked Potatoes  and Yummy Homemade Rolls it was an amazing Sunday Dinner.  
Smokey Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken
adapted from: Jamie Cooks It Up!

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. ham, diced
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika (I used more)
4 chicken breasts
1/3 c. flour
1 egg, beaten
1 c. panko bread crumbs
1/4 c. olive oil

Combine cream cheese, chopped ham, green onions, minced chipotle chile, salt and smoked paprika; set aside.  Using a sharp knife, cut a pocket in each chicken breast starting at the thickest part.  Open up the pocket and stuff with filling.  They will be stuffed full.  Take some toothpicks and fasten the cut sides of the chicken together.  Dip each stuffed chicken breast into the beaten egg, then in the flour, then in the panko bread crumbs, making sure that all sides are coated.  

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When pan is hot, add the olive oil and allow to heat up.  Add your chicken to the hot pan.  You should hear a nice sizzle.  Let the chicken brown on both sides.  Transfer chicken breasts to a greased 9x13 baking pan.  Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is done.    Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and then serve (make sure to remove the toothpicks). 

Jenn's Notes:  I cut the filling in half and cooked two chicken breasts.  It made quite a bit of filling and the breasts were stuffed pretty full and got a little messy.  I used thick cut deli ham and I also used more smoked paprika than the recipe called for, because I really like that stuff.  Sometimes the canned chipotle chiles can make your dish pretty spicy, but I didn't think this was too spicy at all.  It was perfect.  Just make sure to remove the seeds from the canned chipotle pepper before you mince it.  The chicken was moist in the inside and crispy on the outside.  I will be making this again!        

13 comments:

  1. This promises to be onesmooth tasty dinner;)

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  2. This looks so so good. Wow. Definitely going to be trying this soon. Hopefully it looks as good as yours. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Have a great day. :) Rochelle.

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  3. Wow! Delightful and yummy!!
    Thanks for sharing, Jenn!

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  4. This sounds delicious! When I first read it over, it reminded of deviled crab cakes. Hmmm, "deviled chicken" might be what I'm having for Halloween! I love all stuffings, dressings, and stuff like that! And with cream cheese? Mmmmmm yum! Can't wait to try this.

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  6. Yum! Oh that looks so good!

    I would love for you to hop over and share this recipe on my mommy solution meme: http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2011/10/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-13/

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  7. Yummy! Thanks for sharing

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  8. Love your blog! I seriously am going to try all these recipes! My husband will be so excited when he hears you have recipes for his favorite candies too! Thanks so much!! Have a great day!
    - Molly

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  9. Made this tonite minus the ham added basil & onions & bleu cheese in the filling & absolutely delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe! xo

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  10. I messed it up the first time, but Hubby still loved it, so I tried again. This time I just chopped up the chicken, stirred it all together and topped it with the panko crumbs. Not as pretty but still delicious.

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    1. I'm glad you tried again. Stuffed chicken can be tricky sometimes. - Jenn

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