Stuffed Chicken Primavera
Updated: Aug 16
Chicken Primavera is packed with colorful flavor. Not only does it look amazing, it is incredibly healthy for you.
4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons
3 medium tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 TBSN extra virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 cup mozzarella,shredded
Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
Baking sheet, mixing spoon, measuring spoons, aluminum foil, measuring cups, sharp carving knife Prep: 15 minutes prep Cook: 25 minutes Ready: 40 minutes Serves: 4
Before you handle any food, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Clean your kitchen work area and pull back your hair or wear a cap. You want to avoid contaminating your meal with harmful bacteria that could cause food illness.
To make Stuffed Chicken Primavera: 1. Brine chicken with orange slices. Click here for directions for brining chicken.
2. Preheat oven to 450°. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
3. Using sharp carving knife, make several slits in each chicken breast, being careful not to cut through meat completely.
4. Stuff each slit with slices of zucchini, tomato slices, bell peppers, and red onions. Varying the colors.
5. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning,
6. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
7. Bake chicken 18-20 minutes. Use a small cooking thermometer to measure the cooked chicken temp in order to tell if it is ready to go (the safe cooked chicken temp is 165°F).
8. Remove from oven. Cover chicken with aluminum foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
9. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley before serving.
Total Fat 26 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 124 mg
Sodium 139 mg
Potassium 395 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Sugars 0.1 g
Protein 40 g
Chicken carries plentiful amounts of protein and a variety of beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Chicken is a great source of vitamin B, which consumed regularly can prevent stress, anxiety, memory-loss syndrome, and can balance cortisol hormones in your body. Moreover, it can improve concentration in children and adults alike. Many studies have revealed that vitamin B also maintains psychological health. Chicken has a high content of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K which contribute to producing red blood cells. When your body obtains the required amount of iron and vitamins, it can produce and balance red blood cells that will eventually deal with anemia. They also help to protect your eyes from weak vision as it is a powerhouse of, retinol, lycopene, alpha, and beta-carotene. The nutrients are essential to maintaining the overall health of your eyes. They regularly promote the growth of damaged cells and tissues effectively because they have a high content of riboflavin which is essential for normal healing of skin tissue. Your immune system requires adequate levels of protein; iron, magnesium, and potassium to function properly that are abundant in Chicken. These nutrients strengthen cells in your immune system, as well as your teeth and gums due to the high content of phosphorus. When you consume phosphorus regularly, it can alleviate factors that weaken your teeth and prevent gums bleeding as well. Chicken is a powerhouse of magnesium and phosphorus which are known to maintain cardiovascular health. They also contain plenty of nutrients that help relieve common cold and other illnesses associated with it such as a sore throat and congested nose.
White wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, while dark meat like duck and other game go well with medium bodied red wines such as Pinot Noir or Zinfandel.
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