A little late to the party, I started watching The Bachelor about 3 seasons ago. It started innocently enough- I heard some girls talking about it at work, and never one to be left out of a conversation, I ended up DVRing the next week’s episode. And the next… and the next.
So 4 seasons later (including 2 seasons of Bachelor Pad and minus one season of the dreadful Bachelorette- Ashley) I am still watching. It was bound to happen, given my undying affection of all things trashy reality TV.
On the bright side, I feel less embarrassed than I did when I was watching, say, Rock of Love (I, II and the Bus Tour season- FACE TIME!) and it gives me something to fill my otherwise mundane Monday evenings with. Plus, is there anything better than a house full of catty women, all vying for the affection of one man, swiftly changing from manic highs after their “dream dates” to violent emotional breakdowns? I think not.
So last week, I had my friends Mary and Cydney over for a little dinner and a lot of Bachelor. I wanted to do something that represented the show… you know, girly and kind of fancy, but at the same time, the “dinner next door”. So I ask you…
Do you accept this stuffed chicken breast?
Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken
Cook/Prep Time: about 50 minutes
4 large chicken breasts
2 eggs, whisked
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups seasoned panko breadcrumbs
8 medium-sized mozzarella balls
Salt & pepper
4 oz jar of pesto, store-bought or homemade
6 oz (half a box) of whole wheat spaghetti pasta
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350. Place the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs in 3 shallow bowls. Spray a baking rack with cooking spray, and place over a baking sheet, covered in aluminum foil. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken breasts in flour, then egg, then cover in breadcrumbs. Slice long ways through the side of the breast, careful not to cut through to the other side. Place to mozzarella balls inside the chicken breasts, along with a tsp. of pesto. Bake for 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to directions and toss with pesto. Serve alongside stuffed chicken. Garnish with tomato slices.
This was a great dinner. Not too difficult to make, and packed with flavor from the pesto. Plus who doesn’t love a breaded chicken breast with a cheesy center?
I feel like me and this dinner really have awesome chemistry. Like I might be falling… in love? I really think this could be the one!
Oh, Bachelor humor.