Thursday, December 09, 2010

Grilled Chicken Purses with Cheese & Basil Stuffing

Nothing as comforting as baked potatoes, chicken and cheese. Here's a recipe for chilly winter evenings when you are just tired, and want to dig into some comfort food.

Ingredients (Serves 2):
  • Chicken Breasts- 2
  • Mozzarella- 1/2 cup grated
  • Potatoes- 4 medium sized ones
  • Garlic- 2 large cloves
  • Button mushrooms- 1 cup
  • Butter-1 tbsp
  • Basil- Dried, 2 tsp.
  • Peppercorns- 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Preparation (About60 mins):

Clean the potatoes and pop them into the oven at 300C for 25 mins. While the potatoes get warmed up, clean the chicken and cut into halves. Dice garlic into small pieces, mix with grated cheese, peppercorns, half of the basil and salt to taste. Mash the mixture. Make slits in the chicken breasts and stuff with this mixture. Seal the chicken purses with toothpicks.

Baste the chicken with butter. Once potatoes finish 25 mins in the oven, add chicken to the baking tray. Dab the potatoes with a bit of butter, sprinkle a bit of salt and remaining basil over the potatoes and the chicken. Cook in oven for 20 mins at 250 C.

Turn the chicken over and pour the juices on the potatoes and chicken so that they do not dry out. Add mushrooms to the tray after dusting them slightly in remaining butter. Pop into oven and cook for 10 mins more at 200C. Serve hot.


  • The potatoes can be mashed with a bit of the gravy that drains out from the chicken . Tastes heavenly.

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