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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Italian Sausage and Breadcrumbs

Serve with sauteed zucchini and tomatoes for a complete meal ready in just 35 minutes

Cooking Light APRIL 2005

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 chicken breast)

Ingredients

  • 1 (4-ounce) Italian sausage link
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 (1 1/2-ounce) slice sourdough bread, toasted and crusts removed
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

Preparation

Remove casing from sausage; crumble sausage. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, onion, and celery; sauté 5 minutes or until sausage is browned and onion is golden. Add wine to pan; cook 1 minute or until most of liquid is absorbed.

Rub each side of bread with cut sides of garlic; discard garlic. Coarsely crumble bread; add to sausage mixture. Stir in parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed; toss to combine.

Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Place half of stuffing on one side of each chicken breast half, leaving a 1-inch border around sides. Fold remaining half of each chicken breast over stuffing, and secure with wooden picks. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add stuffed chicken breast halves to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side. Add chicken broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove the wooden picks; slice breasts in half. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 233
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 7.6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 21.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 11.5g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg
  • Iron: 1.6mg
  • Sodium: 774mg
  • Calcium: 47mg
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