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)
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
Protein 27 g
Fat 7.2 g
Saturated Fat 2.1 g
Cholesterol 104 mg
Sodium 221 mg
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.
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.