How Do I Stuff a Chicken Breast So the Filling Doesn't Leak Out?

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Stuffed chicken breast isn't just for flavor -- it's also for show. When you take the time to make a delicious filling, you need to secure it in your chicken breast so that it doesn't ooze out and make a mess. No matter what you're stuffing your chicken breast with, there is a way to keep the filling in so that you have a dish that is equal in taste and appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Meat mallet
  • Parchment paper or plastic wrap
  • Prepared filling
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butcher's twine
  • Place chicken breast in between two sheets of parchment paper or layers of plastic wrap and set on a cutting board. Start at the thickest portion of the chicken breast and pound gently using a meat mallet. Move the strikes of your meat mallet from the center of the chicken out toward the edge. Continue the process until the chicken breast is about 3/4 inch to a 1/2 inch thick.

  • Remove the chicken breast from the parchment paper or plastic wrap and lay flat on the cutting board. Spoon your prepared filling onto the chicken breast, covering only a quarter of the breast. Leave the rest alone.

  • Salt and pepper the chicken breast or use spices from your filling on the remaining inside portion of the chicken breast. This adds flavor to your meat while it's cooking.

  • Gently roll the chicken breast up, starting with the side that has the filling. With the seam side of your rolled chicken breast up, slide a small amount of butcher's twine under the bottom and tie it across the top half of the chicken roll, using a double knot, to keep the chicken rolled up. Repeat on the bottom half of the chicken breast.

Tips & Warnings

  • Trussed chicken breasts can be grilled or roasted in the oven, but don't fare well in fryers.

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