Hye Thyme Cafe: Pesto-Stuffed Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

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e Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pesto-Stuffed Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Pesto-Stuffed Parmesan-Crusted Chicken : Hye Thyme Cafe

Sometimes I make a pesto chicken, sometimes Parmesan. I figured why not combine the two and stuff one inside the chicken and coat it with the other? Works for me! You can use whatever chicken you have on hand. For me, that was a package of thin-cut chicken breasts. Heck, if you have the patience for the knife work, you could use chicken tenders if you want. Hmm, that would be good to do and make them super crispy. I always try to keep a stash of homemade pesto in the freezer, but if you are using a store-bought pesto that's on the very thin side, you might want to bulk it up with some extra Parmesan so it does just run out of the chicken while baking. You only need five ingredients for this ...

Parmesan (preferably freshly-grated)
Seasoned Bread Crumbs

  1. Stir together almost equal parts mayo and Parmesan - a little heavy on the Parmesan side is better.
  2. Blot each piece of chicken dry with a paper towel then, using a very sharp small knife, slice a pocket lengthwise into the side of each piece - almost as if you were going to butterfly it open.
  3. Fill the pocket with pesto, then spread the outside with the Parmesan mixture and drip into the breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake at 350-375 until golden and cooked through. Time will vary depending on how thick your chicken is, etc.

Pesto-Stuffed Parmesan-Crusted Chicken : Hye Thyme Cafe
Pesto-Stuffed Parmesan-Crusted Chicken : Hye Thyme Cafe

Pesto-Stuffed Parmesan-Crusted Chicken : Hye Thyme Cafe

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