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Avocado Artichoke Pesto Stuffed Chicken

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Total Time:

20min

Cook Time:

20min

Nutritional Highlights (per serving)

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340
Calories
20 g
Total Fat
9 g
Dietary Fiber
27 g
Protein
15 g
Total Carbs
 Avocado Artichoke Pesto Stuffed Chicken

This stuffed chicken from a registered dietitian blogger is one that we would call comfort food. Imagine chicken stuffed with artichokes and avocados. The creamy richness of the avocado mixed with the flavorful artichokes does a dance in your mouth. And, if great taste was not enough, this recipe is packed with nutrients including 50% DV Vitamin A, 35% Vitamin C, 8% Iron, 1070 mg of potassium and 9 g of dietary fiber. Enjoy.

Ingredients

Serves: 4
  ripe, Fresh California Avocados*
1/2  cup  chopped fresh basil
1/4  cup  low fat cottage cheese
Tbsp.  lemon juice
tsp.  crushed garlic
1/2  tsp.  black pepper
1/2  tsp.  sea salt
1/2  tsp.  red pepper seasoning
1/2  tsp.  smoked paprika
1/2    (14-oz.) can artichokes, drained and chopped
  large chicken breasts
tsp.  dried basil
tsp.  thyme
tsp.  onion seasoning
tsp.  pepper flakes
tsp.  garlic powder
tsp.  sea salt

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados

Instructions

  1. In high speed blender or food processor, add all filling ingredients (avocado through smoked paprika); blend until smooth.
  2. Stir in chopped artichokes. Place in fridge until needed.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take out chicken breast, and butterfly with knife (cut breast in half horizontally but not all the way through so that it is still in one piece).
  4. Place 1/4 filling mixture in each breast, and fold back top half of chicken to "close".
  5.  In a shallow bowl, mix remaining dried seasonings and salt together. Sprinkle rub mixture on each breast on both sides, and place on a cookie pan sprayed with nonstick spray.
  6. Cook in oven for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is done.

Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 340
Total Fat 20 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 12 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5 mg
Dietary Fiber 9 g
Protein 27 g
Total Carbs 15 g
Cholesterol 70 mg
Sodium 170 mg
Potassium 1070 mg
Total Sugar 2 g

Vitamin A 2706 IU; Vitamin C 952 mg; Calcium 44 mg; Iron 1.6 mg; Vitamin D 6 IU; Folate 117 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.2 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 50%; Vitamin C 35%; Calcium 4%; Iron 8 %;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Sarah Grace Spann

Sarah Grace Spann

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