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Asparagus and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Ingredients:

2 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

salt and black pepper to taste

8 asparagus spears, trimmed – divided

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

¼ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

Directions:

Step 1
Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish.

Step 2
Place each chicken breast between two sheets of heavy plastic (resealable freezer bags work well) on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound the chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch. Sprinkle each side with salt and pepper.

Step 3
Place 4 spears of asparagus down the center of a chicken breast, and spread about 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese over the asparagus. Repeat with the other chicken breast, and roll the chicken around the asparagus and cheese to make a tidy, compact roll. Place the rolls seam sides down in the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle each with about 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs.

Step 4
Bake in the preheated oven until the juices run clear when pricked with a fork, about 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

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