We are home. And we are stuffed.
For the past week, we have eaten nothing but baguettes, cheese, croque madame, pain au chocolat, croissants, steaks and frites. We have consumed bottle after bottle of champagne and red wine. We bought ice cream cones for the express purpose of passing the time, standing in line for museums. We were gluttons and we are not sorry.
Paris and London were in a word, amazing. We climbed all the monuments (sort of atones for the food? maybe?). We took boat tours down the Thames and the Seine, and toasted each other as the Eiffel Tower lit up the sky. We looked at crowns and wandered through gardens. We saw close friends and family; I wandered the grand flower store at the foot of our old apartment, where my father took me the day I turned 8 and let me pick out any flowers I wanted for a birthday bouquet.
We are stuffed – food-wise, but also joy-wise. (I know, I’m cheesy, but it’s just the truth.) In that honor, some stuffed chicken breasts I made before we left.
Mozzarella and Sundried Tomato-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
- salt, pepper
- 1 large ball mozzarella, thinly sliced
- large handful fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons or so sundried tomatoes, julienned
- about 2 cups flour
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten with a dash of water
- about 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- olive oil
- After you rinse and pat dry chicken breasts, rub with a little bit of olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Use a small knife to carefully make an incision in each chicken breast; take care not to cut it all the way in half (you want to create a little pocket for all your goodies).
- Place each chicken breast under a sheet of parchment and pound with a mallet or small pan.so they are each less than an inch thick. Insert a layer of basil, mozzarella and a few sundried tomatoes into each “pocket” of the chicken breast.
- Dredge each chicken breast individually in the flour, shake off excess flour, coat in the beaten eggs, and then dredge in panko. Repeat for each chicken breast.
- In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Without crowding the pan, cook each chicken breast for about 3-4 minutes on one side. Lower the heat and use tongs to carefully flip to the other side, cooking an additional 3-4 minutes. Keep chicken warm while you cook the additional breasts.
- Serve with a side salad and some crusty bread.
This is a go-to in our house: that panko crust keeps the chicken juicy and crispy at the same time, while the cheese just oozes on to your plate. And no one argues with oozing cheese.