One to impress. Perfect for a date night or a dinner party. These stuffed chicken breasts are delicious and, despite the cheesy filling, very light. The ricotta works perfectly.
Don’t stuff your breasts too full or else the filling may fall out.
Adding stock into your spelt once it has been cooked and drained is such a good trick; it makes it more flavourful and rich and all you have to do is crumble in the cube. Easy.
Spelt. It is such a healthy grain, give it a go. It tastes as good as pasta, but is also packed with much higher levels of protein and fibre. It is great for digestion and lowering cholesterol!
COOKING TIME (INCLUDES PREPARATION TIME): 40 – 45 MINUTES
1 Cube of Chicken Stock - £0.30
1 Bag of Grated Parmesan - £1.30
1 Bag of Cherry Tomatoes - £0.90
1 Bunch of Basil - £0.70
4 Chicken Breasts - £4.00
Ricotta - £1.20
500 Grams of Spelt - £1.60
Total Cost - £10.00 - This covers absolutely everything. All we assume you have in your kitchen beforehand is SALT, PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL.
Preheat the oven to 170ºC/338ºF.
Mix the ricotta, grated Parmesan, chopped basil, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Slice a pocket into each breast.
Stuff the breasts with the mixture and try to ensure that the filling is inside the chicken.
Heat some oil in a frying pan and add the chicken breasts. Fry for 3 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes, and turn the breasts over onto their other side for 3 minutes. Make sure to jiggle the tomatoes about so they cook evenly.
Take the pan off the heat, and put into your oven for 15 minutes so the chicken can cook through.
Now for the spelt. Pour it into a pan of boiling water. Salt the water. Boil for 15 – 20 minutes, or however long it says on the back of your spelt packet.
Once the spelt is soft, take it off the heat. Drain it, and then crumble two stock cubes into pan. Mix well.
Take the chicken out of the oven. Serve with the spelt and tear over any leftover basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.