Mascarpone & Red Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mascarpone & Red Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

So easy and such a warming, comforting dish.

Notes:

Bulgur wheat. To get the right consistency, just make sure you follow the directions on the back of the packet!

Cooking Time (includes preparation time): 40 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • Bulgur Wheat - £0.70

  • 4 Chicken Breasts - £4.00

  • Red Pesto - £1.00

  • 200g of Spinach - £1.00

  • 250g of Mascarpone - £1.50

  • 1 Lemon - £0.30

  • Dried Oregano - £0.70

  • Chicken Stock - £0.50

  • Total Cost - £9.70 - This covers absolutely everything. All we assume you have in your kitchen beforehand is SALT, PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/356°F

  2. Chuck all of your spinach in a pan and wilt it. Remove from the heat. Place the wilted spinach in a sieve and squeeze out the water.

  3. Put the spinach in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of red pesto, and 2 1⁄2 tablespoons of mascarpone. Season with salt and pepper and mush everything together.

  4. In another bowl, add 5 teaspoons of oregano, the zest of a lemon, salt and pepper. (This will be the rub to go on the outside of the breasts). Mix it together and set aside.

  5. Chicken Time. Take each chicken breast and cut a hole in the thicker side of the breast. Use your fingers to prod away until you have made a cavity inside the breast.

  6. Spoon in your filling to each chicken breast. You want them to be really filled up. Once you have done this to all the chicken, roll them in the oregano and lemon zest rub.

  7. Get a pan on a medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and then add your chicken. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side so they are nicely browned and caramelised.

  8. Place the pan in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until cooked through.

  9. Add the bulgur wheat to a pan of boiling water and crumble in a chicken stock cube for extra flavour.

  10. Serve the breasts on the steaming hot bulgur wheat with some lemon juice squeezed over the top. Enjoy!

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