I made this for guests and it earned me the most coveted compliment in cooking. "You're such a good cook!" I used ChefBauer's suggestion and made a pocket in the chicken (see his/her review, which is currently the second most helpful here for how it was done). After making the pockets, I took the advice of others and dipped the breasts in egg, then seasoned breadcrumbs, then quickly seared each side. After cooling I filled with the mixture, which I also added a little basil to, and carried on with the recipe. I used jarred Rao's tomato basil sauce which was delicious and served it all over spaghetti squash. The other reviewers are right, the recipe makes way, way, WAY too much filling. I used about 1/3 of what was called for, for 4 people and still had some left over. BTW, I don't eat meat so I used a tilapia fillet and just covered it with some breadcrumbs, then the filling, sauce and cheese and it was just delicious. Very easy to do this on the side if you have a non meat eater joining your dinner. I can't recommend this recipe enough. One of my all-time favorites. Thanks Maria!!
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I made this for guests and it earned me the most coveted compliment in cooking. "You're such a...