Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 203: Dutch Oven Sun-Dried Pesto Stuffed Chicken

I really hate to spoil the review by giving it first, but there is no way to talk about this recipe without raving.  I have 3 words to describe it, FAB-U-LOUS.  This is, bar none, the best stuffed chicken recipe I've ever had.  That includes the Chicken Cordon Bleu that I had when I won a trip to a 5 diamond resort in Arizona.  The flavor is spectacular!  If you only try one recipe all year, it should be this one.  This is my #1 favorite recipe so far.  I found it here.

Dutch Oven Sun-Dried Pesto Stuffed Chicken
12" dutch oven

8-10 Boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded out until about double in size
8-10 slices provolone cheese
8-10 slices of a dry salami
1/4 cup pesto (use our recipe or buy some)
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
Salt and Pepper


1/2 container of sour cream (8 oz)
3 cups heavy cream
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Start by pounding out your chicken breasts using a rolling pin or a mallet.  In a blender or food processor, mix the pesto and the tomatoes until fully blended. You may need to add some more olive oil if it seems too dry. Season each side of the breasts with salt and pepper. In the middle of the breast place a teaspoon of the pesto mixture, cheese and salami. Fold the chicken, similar to a burrito, as to not have anything leak out from the middle. Rather than securing with toothpick, use an uncooked spaghetti noodle.  It will soften as the meat cooks and no one will ever know its there!  Repeat with all the chicken.

In a dutch oven, over a full spread of coals, brown the chicken breasts, seam side down first, in a tablespoon of butter. Once browned on all sides, remove from oven, and let rest covered in foil. To the dutch oven, add the rest of the butter, and whisk in the flour. Add the cream, sour cream, and cheese. Stir over the heat until it begins to tighten. Put the chicken back into the sauce and cover. Cook for 45-50 minutes using 1 ring on top and 1 ring on the bottom.  Serves 8-10.

The Finished Product

The Review

I think you already know what I thought of this one.  But to be honest, I was a little worried about the sauce at first.  To taste it alone, it wasn't very good.  But by the time the chicken had cooked in it, it was great.  Even my little kids loved this one.  The flavors of the sun-dried tomatoes and the pesto matched perfectly with salami, and who doesn't love Provolone cheese!  The best part about this is it was pretty inexpensive to make considering what a nice dish it is.  Of course this gets an A!


  1. Yummy I bet it was good. Can feel the kilos adding ;)

  2. I was just told you used our recipe! Thanks for a great review!
    I am now a follower of your blog! Can't wait to see all your recipes...and try them out!

  3. I made a Dutch oven dinner on Friday. Love to experiment with new recipes in them. So easy to cook with them. Glad to find your blog.


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