Cheesy Asparagus and Roasted Red Pepper-Stuffed Chicken

Sometimes in life ya just gotta stuff things in other things.


I think for us women it obviously started at a young age, when we dutifully learned to stuff our, ahem, bras. And then it was basically mayhem from there. If there is something to stuff, we’ll stuff it. Give me that purse. I WILL STUFF THAT THING.

So today, to celebrate the fact that we’re driving to Arkansas so that Aaron can play in his old band’s 10-year reunion show, we’re stuffing chicken!

Oh no. There’s no connection at all. I’m just stupid giddy.

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I actually made this dish two days in a row. Once as an experiment (just like bra stuffing) and then once for the video (um, not like bra stuffing I SWEAR, MOM) we shot last week. And I have to say, day two’s method was pretty dope. I added a fat dollop of fresh pesto to the mix, and instead of layering everything on the pounded out chicken (like in ze pic below), I stirred the cheese into the mixture before putting it on the chicken. And I’d like to take the next few moments to express the following:

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Eeeevery night in my dreams, I see you. I FEEEEEL YOU. THAAAT is how I know you go onnnnnn.

Near . . . far . . . WHEREEEEEVER YOU ARE. I BELIEVE that the heart does go oooooooooooon.

Oh, you’re still here? Wow, that’s embarrassing.


But you should definitely stuff some chicken.

Cheesy Asparagus and Roasted Red Pepper-Stuffed Chicken:

What it took for 2:

* 1/4 bunch asparagus, stemmed
* 1 roasted red pepper, diced
* 1 Tbs. pesto (homemade or store-bought – either!)
* 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* 2 chicken breasts
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 4 cups spinach
* coarse salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and boil for 1 minute. Immediately transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking. Drain the water and dice the asparagus into small chunks.

In a small bowl, combine the diced pepper, asparagus, pesto and mozzarella cheese. Toss in a pinch of salt and pepper and stir to combine.

Now, place the chicken breasts between two large pieces of plastic wrap. Pound them out thinly until they’re as even as possible. Didn’t that feel good?

Divide the pepper mixture and dollop at one end of the chicken, and then roll her up! You don’t really need to toothpick them shut, but you can if they don’t want to hold. I just used my tongs to kind of keep them together when I was searing. Also, you might left over mixture, which is awesome. Throw it in a tortilla the next day and make a quick lunch quesadilla.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken rolls and gently sear on all sides until browned and lovely, about 7 minutes total. Make sure to season them as you roll. Because it’s how you roll. Sorry.

Then transfer the chicken to the oven and cook another 5 to 7 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove from the oven and let the chicken sit for a couple of minutes. Then slice and serve over a bed of spinach leaves! You can wilt these too if you want.



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28 Responses to Cheesy Asparagus and Roasted Red Pepper-Stuffed Chicken

  1. kelley January 31, 2013 at 8:17 am #
    Looks fantastic. You had me at cheesy....always a great way to start and recipe title!
  2. Katie January 31, 2013 at 8:23 am #
    Stuff that chicken right in my pie hole, please.
    • Heather January 31, 2013 at 9:15 am #
      hahaha I second this! For my pie hole, not yours. Well, yours too because you said it first. That got awkward fast.
  3. Laurie {Simply Scratch} January 31, 2013 at 8:24 am #
    I love stuffing food... and stuffing my face. Win-win! :)
  4. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite January 31, 2013 at 8:54 am #
    This looks amazing and even better that the recipe is for 2!
  5. Brian @ A Thought For Food January 31, 2013 at 9:12 am #
    Yeah.... ok,I'll hold back from saying what's on my mind. ;-) Have a safe trip!
  6. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 31, 2013 at 9:20 am #
    Oh, this recipe is for two? Because I'm pretty sure I'd double the recipe and then eat ALL THE SERVINGS because this looks too. dang. good. ;)
  7. Ambar January 31, 2013 at 9:34 am #
    Can i just say that i'm totally making this for dinner tomorrow!
  8. Little Kitchie January 31, 2013 at 9:39 am #
    I want to stuff this stuffed stuff in my mouth right now.
  9. Heather @ Heather's Dish January 31, 2013 at 9:43 am #
    Have a safe trip!!! Where/when is the show? My hubby is a huge fan of live music - could be a fun date night!
    • Bev Weidner January 31, 2013 at 9:54 am #
      It's in Fayetteville, Saturday night at Rogue on Dickson! It'd be a trip for you guys. I wish you could make it!
  10. Jackie @ The Beeroness January 31, 2013 at 10:02 am #
    I would stuff my bra with that chicken.
    • Julie January 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm #
      hahaha. that was funny!
  11. Kari@Loaves n Dishes January 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm #
    Definitely wanna get stuffed with this stuffed chicken!
  12. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm #
    What a gorgeous chicken dish and I love the asparagus!
  13. Julie @ Table for Two February 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm #
    I wanna stuff myself in this dish.
  14. Ross | TheFaceBaby February 2, 2013 at 9:13 pm #
    I was in Sur La Table today and they had an entire section for stuffing things on the grill. And apparently you can now stuff burgers without them falling apart. If I'm ever capable of making a burger with cheese and bacon on the INSIDE, I may never eat anything else again.
  15. Kevin (Closet Cooking) February 3, 2013 at 7:11 am #
    Now that is a tasty stuffing for chicken!
  16. Cassie | Bake Your Day February 4, 2013 at 8:13 am #
    This is my kind of chicken. Love it!
  17. Rebecca February 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm #
    Soooooo I'm totally new to your blog, but WOW. Not only does this recipe look delicious, i love your commentary with it. You're my kind of foodie!!!
  18. Vita @ Juicer Depot April 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm #
    I made this last night and it turned out wonderful. The filing was awesome with the chicken. I tripled the recipe which was a challenge to sear all 6 chicken breasts but it ended up being worth it. Next time I might try to sear the chicken flat with no stuffing and then placing some stuffing over and under the chicken breast when it goes in the oven. Do you think it will turn out the same?
  19. Bev April 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm #
    I made this and it was delicious . I served it with a baked sweet potato. When I put it in the oven I put a lid on it and it made a wonderful sauce to put over the chicken. Would be great for guest. Yummy !!!!!! Thank you. i also pinned it :)
  20. Bev April 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm #
    I also made my own pesto and didn't have fresh basil but had lots of dried. I found a recipe and it was simple and great !
  21. Stacy Davis February 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm #
    Great recipe! My husband LOVED this tonight not too shabby for a Tuesday Night dinner :D
  22. Emma February 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm #
    My fiance and I have made this multiple times since coming across the recipe several months ago. We've added it to our favorites list! Its so tastey and healthy!
  23. Hailey October 30, 2017 at 8:10 pm #
    I was at first thinking this would need more flavor, ummm NO, this is an AMAZING recipe, never been so proud to serve ;)


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