Tomato Stuffed Chicken with an Almond Crust

by zesty on April 29, 2011 · 6 comments

Let’s take a step back in time and review what I posted on Cooking a year ago. Kind of fun? Well I thought so and when I looked it up I actually started craving the stuffed chicken breast as I can still remember how juicy it tasted. So I decided to make it all over again.


  • 2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 Handful fresh basil
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup slivered almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Warm a large saute pan over medium heat and add oil, tomatoes and garlic – cook down for about 5 minutes

  3. Add basil and remove from heat.
  4. Lay the chicken on parchment/wax paper and another piece on top and hammer the chicken using a heavy blunt object. I chose a big pan.

  5. Once flattened to your desired consistency, start adding the filling and rolling/folding the chicken over. Once complete, you can top with the almonds or roll your chicken in them depending on how tight your roll is…. mine was kind of loose. I was rushing for the time clock.

  6. Return the chicken to the pan and sear on both sides until brown.

  7. Add chicken to a oven safe baking pan and complete the cooking process; about 20 minutes.

  8. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: I really feel the key to this dish is searing the chicken prior to roasting it in the oven. The tomato and garlic combination as well as the almonds create a flavor on the outside. The last thing you want is to have a dry flavorless chicken which can easily happen.

Well there you have it! A little piece of chicken to start your Friday.  It is still raining here, has been for the whole week but hopefully it will slow down for the weekend.  Any big plans for the weekend?  It should be pretty low key over here.  I may do some baking if they weather stays rainy.

What is your favorite thing to BAKE?

Have a super Friday and I will talk to you on Monday.

Take care



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 brandi April 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

this looks great! i love new ways to make chicken.

we’re supposed to finally have some good weather, so we’ll be planting more stuff in the garden this weekend.


2 janetha @ meals & moves April 29, 2011 at 11:29 am

Stuffed chicken is my go-to! This looks great.


3 stephanie May 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

I’m trying this tonight. I do have a question though, the ingredients don’t have basil in them, but in one of the steps you say to add the basil, am I missing something?


4 zesty May 3, 2011 at 10:45 am

@Stephanie – No that was my fault. I added it to the ingredients. you should be good to go. Let me know what you think of the recipe.



5 stephanie May 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Mr. Cooking, this was fantastic! I added a couple sprinkles of parmesan cheese to both the tomato mixture and the almonds. You got a unanimous 4 thumbs up, everyone loved. Thanks for all of the great recipes. This is the fourth one that I have tried and have never been disappointed! Thanks again!


6 zestycook May 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

This is super news! 4 thumbs up is all you can ask for. I am glad the gang loved it and thanks for such kind words.



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