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Blue Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Buffalo Sauce

Photo: Romulo Yanes, Randy Mayor; Styling: Mary-Ellen Weinrib
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 breast half and about 4 teaspoons sauce)
Resist the urge to turn the chicken before it's time; otherwise you risk having the breading stick to the pan.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 6 tablespoons finely chopped drained bottled roasted red bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

Nutrition Information

  • calories 392
  • fat 12.9 g
  • satfat 6.7 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 47.4 g
  • carbohydrate 18.5 g
  • fiber 1.1 g
  • cholesterol 175 mg
  • iron 2.3 mg
  • sodium 421 mg
  • calcium 120 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff cheese mixture evenly into pockets.

  3. Place flour in a shallow dish. Combine milk and egg in a shallow dish, stirring well with a whisk. Place panko in a shallow dish. Working with 1 chicken breast half at a time, dredge chicken in flour, then dip in egg mixture; dredge in panko. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken, flour, egg mixture, and panko.

  4. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter to pan; swirl until butter melts. Arrange chicken in pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over; place skillet in oven. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until done.

  5. While chicken bakes, combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, bell peppers, water, Worcestershire, and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer; cook until butter melts. Remove from heat, and stir in hot sauce. Serve sauce with chicken.

Cook's Notes

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