I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published December 14th 2012
Quick to make and delicious too
I'm on a quest to accumulate lots of speedy recipes that are easy to put together but taste delicious and give the impression that I have slaved away in the kitchen. Meals that you can throw together and cook in minutes are great, such as my chilli prawn Bucatini. Other times you're just looking for something quick to prepare but you can shove in the oven until you're ready, like my one pot meal.
In between are meals that are again quick to prepare but don't need any looking after once they're in the oven and don't take too long to cook. One of the easiest ways to do this is to stuff a chicken breast. I have three versions that have become firm favourites in my home. The original inspiration came from my Auntie Molly so I have to give credit there and my mum has also made suggestions for enhancing some of the combinations.
The basis for all three is the same.
1. Use one chicken breast per person
2. Cut a slit down the side for your filling
3. Stuff Filling in the space you have created
4. Wrap with smoked bacon or pancetta
5. Pop it in the oven at around 180 degrees for about 25 minutes or until totally cooked through. You can speed up this last stage by pan frying for a few minutes first.
Wrapping the bacon or pancetta around the chicken ensures that it stays moist and tender inside and imparts a lovely flavour.
Smoked Cheese & Chorizo Use a few slices of smoked cheese and a couple of slices of chorizo for your filling. I've found that smoked cheese works well as it melts but doesn't disappear into nothing and has a great taste. The chorizo gives this meal a great big bang of flavour.
Blue Cheese & Cranberry Sauce
I was slightly dubious of this combination when my husband experimented but it tasted great. The sweet and sharp of the cranberry sauce works really well with a little blue cheese.
Cream Cheese & Pesto
A heaped tablespoon of mild and smooth cream cheese is livened up by a good dollop of pesto. If you have a basil plant on your windowsill you could pop a couple of leaves in as well.
The beauty of stuffing a chicken breast is that you can try almost anything and see what works best. Have a dig through your fridge and see what you have. Sundried tomatoes, a little ham, spinach, feta cheese and olives might be interesting although not all together.
An easy way to add a vegetable for the side is to pan fry some sliced leeks and then tuck under your chicken before roasting in the oven.