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Stuffed Tomato Basil Chicken 


Chicken themed meals are very popular choices when it comes to cooking for yourself.  They are relatively cheap and easy to make. This recipe is no exception.  It was different for me because I have no experience with chicken that has been stuffed. It was a new experience for me, and I am sure that it will be an adventure for you as well.  Here is what you will need to make this dish:


Boneless, skinless chicken breasts


Garlic and herb marinade


Fresh basil leaves


Large tomato, thinly sliced


Slices of provolone cheese


Slices of bacon


1/4 cup of grated parmesan



The first thing you will need to do is grab a cutting board and cut the chicken. Slice the chicken horizontally with a sharp knife without cutting all the way through.  Open up the pieces of chicken like a book and place them in a resealable bag with the marinade.  Place them in the refrigerator and let them sit for 30 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. 


When the chicken is done marinating, place them on a broiler pan still open like a book.  Place a few leaves of basil inside, topped with the tomatoes.  On top of that put one piece of the sliced provolone cheese and close up the chicken.  You can make sure that the chicken stays closed by using toothpicks.  Wrap a few pieces of bacon around the outside of the chicken.  


Place in the oven and let it cook for 15 minutes.  Take out of the oven, flip the chicken, and let it cook for another 15 minutes.  Take out of the oven and sprinkle the chicken with the parmesan. Place back in the oven and let it cook for a few more minutes or until the parmesan is melted. 


This recipe was one of my favorites out of all of the ones that I have cooked.  I did not have toothpicks to hold the chicken together and I regret not going and buying some.  In order to wrap the bacon around the chicken you are going to need those toothpicks.  I did not use the bacon for that reason, and because I wanted to cut down on the fat.  The end result was delicious none the less. The dish actually tasted like something you would order at an Italian restaurant.  I was very pleased with the outcome.  Try the recipe and let us know what you thought.  

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