Chicken Breast Stuffed with Asparagus, Roasted Red Pepper and Brie

This is a simple and elegant recipe for a boneless chicken breast. I like to serve this sliced to show the attractive interior. If you want a stronger flavor, use a sharp cheese such as Swiss or Asiago, instead of the brie. You could even try blue cheese.

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a 9- x 13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

2. Working with one at a time, place a chicken breast between 2 sheets of waxed paper and pound to an even 2-inch thickness. Set aside.

3. For the stuffing, boil or steam the asparagus until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Dice and place in a bowl. Add the brie, red pepper and dried basil.

4. Lay the chicken breasts flat and divide the stuffing equally among them. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Whisk together the egg and milk and place in a shallow bowl. Place the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl or plate.

5. Lightly coat a large, nonstick skillet with cooking spray, add the oil and set over medium-high heat. Dip the rolled chicken into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumbs. Sauté the rolled chicken just until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.

6. Place in the prepared casserole dish and bake another 10 to 15 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink (or reaches an internal temperature of 165°F). Slice in half or into medallions to serve. Garnish with fresh basil.

1 1/2 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts (about 4 to 6 breasts)
1 egg
2 Tbsp low-fat milk (or water)
2/3 cup seasoned dry breadcrumbs or panko crumbs
2 tsp vegetable oil

12 small (or 4 large) asparagus spears (about 1/4 lb), trimmed
1/4 cup diced brie
1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper (about 2 small roasted red pepper) (see page i00)
1/2 tsp dried basil
3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Calories 222
Protein 27 g
Fat 7.2 g
Saturated Fat 2.1 g
Carbohydrates n/a
Cholesterol 104 mg
Sodium 221 mg
Fiber n/a

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes

Make Ahead: Roll and refrigerate up to a day in advance. Sauté and bake just before serving.

Serves 6

Nutrition Watch: 1 oz of brie has 95 calories and is packed with calcium, which your body needs to build strong bones.
Always eat higher-fat cheeses such as brie in moderation.