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Pepperoni-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

January 22, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken
The first Valentine’s Day that Handsome Greg and I spent together came just two weeks after we met. In that lovely fortnight, we shared lingering dinners, stories of our respective pasts, several bottles of wine, and a mutual love of Ralph Wiggum. We quoted sweet, hapless Ralph to each other in nearly every situation, appropriate or not (“Sleep? Yippee! That’s where I’m a Viking!”).

Baked Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken
Valentine’s Day that year crept up way too early in our budding relationship. How do you celebrate the big V after only two weeks of dating? Greg paced the greeting card aisle on date night, bombarded with vows of everlasting love, and jokes about sex and chocolate. Not a single card was suitable for a promising romance in its infancy, and he left the gift shop empty-handed.

Pepperoni-Stuffed Chicken
Hours later, I opened his card, and my heart filled with laughter and other cured meats. He’d made a card himself, with a picture of Ralph Wiggum in front of a train, and the words, “I choo, choo, choose you.” That was eleven years ago.

Pepperoni in Chicken
Between our anniversary, Greg’s birthday (also this week), and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this time of year is a Greg-and-Suzy Love Fest. So on Saturday, I’m making one of his favorite dishes: chicken stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni, baked in marinara. The pepperoni, sauce, and cheese keep the boneless, skinless chicken breasts nice and juicy. I originally made this same dish with salami, and I found it a bit too oily. So I replaced the salami with turkey pepperoni and, as predicted, the spicy pepperoni charmed the pants off of the chicken. The pepperoni and the chicken subsequently, um, got a room.

Butterflied Chicken

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Pepperoni-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
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Servings: 2
 
Chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella and spicy pepperoni, smothered in marinara
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 4 ounces each
  • 4 slices (about 4 ounces) mozzarella cheese
  • 8 slices turkey pepperoni
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano
  • ½ cup marinara
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. To butterfly the chicken, lay one chicken breast on your cutting surface with the tip closest to you. Place your hand flat on top of it and, using a sweeping motion, slice into the center of the thickest part of the breast. Carefully and slowly, work your way through, cutting it just shy of completely in half. Open up the chicken breast like a book. Repeat with the other piece of chicken.
  3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt. Top one side of each breast with two slices of mozzarella, 4 slices of pepperoni, and a sprinkle of garlic powder and oregano. Fold the other side over to enclose the filling inside the chicken, and secure with toothpicks.
  4. Place the stuffed chicken in the prepared baking dish and top them with marinara. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle each chicken breast with a tablespoon of mozzarella cheese, return to the oven, and bake for another 5 minutes.
Notes
My chicken breasts were quite small – just 4 ounces each. If yours are larger, increase the baking time to ensure chicken is cooked through.
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18 Comments »

  1. Thank you for linking this to Must Try Monday. I think this looks really good and easy!

  2. [...] Pepperoni-Stuffed Chicken Breast [...]

  3. Melinda says:

    That look so yummy – and so easy to make! We’ll eat anything with pepperoni around here!

  4. Sheryl says:

    I LOVE your recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY and share this yummy recipe with us?
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    Sheryl
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=23007

  5. Vicky says:

    I love all the ingredients. Don’t know why I haven’t tried this before. Pinning and making it tonight. I am a new Twitter follower visiting from Creations by Kara. Vicky from Mess For Less

  6. Rebekah says:

    This sounds really good! Maybe if I put pepperoni in it, my kids would actually eat the chicken…

  7. Omg…This recipe looks to dye for! And great for a carb free diet! I’m having a linky party as well, and would love for you to join it! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-s… Thanks for sharing!

  8. buggalcrafts says:

    Sounds great! I think these would be a great addition to my Chicken Parsamen recipe. You coat the breasts in egg and milk then dredge in bread crumb then brown in olive oil. Top with Prego and cheese. Of course yours is better for you! But you only live once!

    buggalcrafts #11

  9. jonnique says:

    This looks delish! I am a follower! Can you please post this at my Taste This Thursday party!?
    http://www.bellmiracle.blogspot.com

  10. Lisa says:

    I can’t wait to make this…I love everything about this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday, I hope to see you next week too!

  11. Becky says:

    I love stuffed chicken!! please link to foodie friday going on now: Not Your Ordinary Recipes

  12. Miz Helen says:

    What a beautiful Stuffed Chicken Breast, I just love your combination of flavor in this recipe, delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a wonderful week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Becky says:

    I’m so glad you stopped by Foodie Friday! I’m going to make this one soon. SUch a great idea! Thank you for linking to Foodie Friday! Please come back next week! -Becky

  14. mjskit says:

    What an absolutely delicious idea! I have a bunch of salami in the freezer that I need to use and I think this recipe is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    • Bake Up, Little Suzy says:

      I have a bunch of salami in the freezer that I need to use

      How in the world does that even happen? I cannot fathom surplus salami. If I buy salami for a recipe, I have to cook it immediately, or else it will mysteriously disappear slice by slice.

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