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Smokey Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Smokey Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken
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 Hungry?
Mad hungry for something 
savory…
smokey….
crispy…
and stuffed with cream cheese?
 
You are!
Me too. 
 
I came across this recipe for Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken while reading a Taste Of Home magazine a few weeks ago.
As soon as I read the title, I knew I was in. 
Then after reading the ingredient list which included 
Smoked Paprika and Chipotle Chile Peppers….I was sold. 
I have just recently been introduced to both of these and 
AM IN LOVE WITH THEM.
Truly, I may want to marry them. 
Or at the very least keep them on hand in my pantry at all times. 
 
Let’s make this chicken before I write anything else really lame and unpoetic and dumb like “I want to marry smoked paprika.”
 Seriously. I need help. 
Help me.
Rhonda.
Smokey Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Time: 45 minutes hands on + 20 minutes baking
Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from Carolyn Kempe (Philly Finalist)
Filling:
1  8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 C ham, chopped into thin shreds
2 green onions, chopped
1 T minced chipotle pepper in adobe sauce
1/2 t salt
1/2 t smoked paprika
4 chicken breasts
1/3 C flour
1 egg, beaten
1 C panko bread crumbs
1/4 C canola oil
 There are a few pantry ingredients in this recipe that may be new to you…trust me on this one. 
They are worth getting to know, love and keep on hand.
All of them can be found at your local grocery store.
I wouldn’t want to send you on a wild goose chase or anything!
Wild goose doesn’t even taste that good. 
Or so I hear……
Let me give you a little introduction so you know what you are looking for when you are buying ingredients for this
FABULOUS chicken.  
 Smoked Paprika has a WONDERFUL smoky smell and taste. It adds a lot of depth to this dish.
Panko bread crumbs can usually be found in the Oriental Foods section of your grocery store. What’s the difference between Panko breadcrumbs and regular bread crumbs, you might ask? 
The Panko variety are baked before they are packaged and sold. This results in a crispier, more hearty coating to any dish. 
Love them. 
 
 Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce. This beautiful product can be found on the Mexican Food aisle of your grocery store.
Here is where we find the heat in this recipe. It’s a wonderful, smoky and flavorful heat. You will only be using 1 T of the contents of this can. I put the rest of mine in a gladware container and popped it in the freezer for further use. 
Ok! Now that we have all been introduced, let’s get make this chicken shall we?
1. Toss all filling ingredients into your stand mixer, or into a small mixing bowl. Beat until well combined. 
 
2. Lay your chicken out on a large cookie sheet. Using a long sharp knife, cut a pocket in each chicken breast starting at the thickest part of the breast. 
3. Open up the pocket…
 
and stuff it with the filling. 
 
It’s fine to fill them quite full. The cream cheese will seep out of the pocket just a bit when baked….but do not dismay! It makes a yummy little crusty bite of heaven. Something to look forward to!

4. Take some toothpicks and fasten the cut side of the chicken together. 
 

5. Dip each stuffed chicken breasts into the beaten egg, then the flour, then the panko bread crumbs being sure that all sides are coated.
 
6. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot add 1/4 C olive oil. Allow the oil to heat up…
 
and then add your chicken to the hot pan. If you hear a nice sizzle when the chicken hits the oil….you will know you have the heat just right. Add just a sprinkle of salt at this point, will ya. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
7. Let the chicken brown on both sides. Transfer them to a 9×13 pan that has been coated with cooking spray. 
 
8. Bake, uncovered at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 170 degrees. These handy meat thermometers are so nice to have around. I think I purchased mine at a local grocery store for under $5. 
9. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes…then serve!

 

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12 Comments

  1. 1
    August 15, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Wow, this looks very yummy! LG Tina

  2. 2
    August 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I have made some similar variations of this dish; but nothing exactly like this one. This looks absolutely delicious and I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!

  3. 3
    August 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Looks delicious! Perfect timing for this recipe…I just took out some of chicken breast for dinner and wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. Now I know! Thanks Jamie!

  4. 4
    August 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Jamie!!! I'm new to your blog and I. Love. It. My husband and I recently made the homeade ice cream recipe together and it was simply amazing!!! I'm looking forward to using your fabulous recipes more in the future! I'm curious though- what kind of cookware/bakeware do you use? I'm thinking I need an upgrade!

  5. 5
    Anonymous
    August 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I made this the other night and delish! I put in salami vs. ham (what I had at the house) and it was great! My husband who is hard to please loved it too!!!

  6. 6
    August 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Jamie, I have searched high and low for the Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce and have yet to find them. I went to several grocery stores and even a Mexican specialty store to no avail. I live in Herriman, which I know you do too, where did you get yours? I couldn't find them at smiths or wal-mart. Can you give me more specific instructions on where to find them at one of these places? This chicken looks delish, going on the menu, but I need to know where to find the peppers first!

  7. 7
    August 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Oh man! I want to make this right now!
    If you can't marry the Chipotle Peppers & the Smoked Paprika then having them in your pantry at all times is the next best thing! ;)

  8. 8
    August 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Meg….
    Oh no! You have been on a wild goose chase. What a shame. I hate it when that happens. I do live in Herriman and picked my Chipotle Peppers up at the Walmart here in Riverton. I am pretty positive they were on the aisle with the other mexican foods, perhaps they have been moved? Check the aisle with the olives and vinegars as well. Maybe they are there with those items. Keeping my fingers crossed you can find them!
    Good luck…
    ~Jamie

  9. 9
    September 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Ok, so my sister made some sort of chicken pillow for us last weekend, and I thought they were way to bland. THIS is a recipe I can get behind! Thanks!

  10. 10
    October 28, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Meg~ It's actually called Adobo sauce on the can I got.
    Jamie~ I made this tonight. . .I can honestly say this is one of the most delicious dishes I have ever made!! It was kind of a long (pain in the butt) process but I think once I get used to it, I'll be making variations of this often; play with different stuffers. The flavors in all the ingredients paired up so well to create the perfect combination. I've made breaded chicken before but for whatever reason, this one was amazing! I love panko :)

    Just a little revision: On the ingredients list, you put “canola oil” and in the instructions, you said “olive oil”. I used olive oil and they were fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing!

    P.S. I also made the Red Lobster cheese and garlic biscuits on the side. . .YUMMY!!

  11. 11
    demi
    January 9, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I haven't tried this recipe yet, however I thought I'd offer a helpful tip for anyone who is making this or any other rolled/stuffed chicken dish. Instead of using toothpicks, you can use spaghetti! It cooks almost all the way during cooking in most dishes, and if not it's just a tiny bit of crunch. Much nicer than missing a tooth pick or having to pick out all those tooth picks after!

  12. 12
    Kelsey
    January 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Oh my word! This was one of the best chicken dishes I have ever cooked!!! The flavor is out of this world. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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