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Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pancetta, Onions and Nuts

by Spicie Foodie on June 25, 2013

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pancetta, Onions and Nuts Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #chicken #pancetta #nuts #dinner

From Chicken Kiev to Chicken Cordon Blue, and everything in between, stuffed chicken breasts are a delicious and hassle free meal. Though Chicken Kiev and Cordon blue are among my favorite stuffed chicken breasts, the calories and frying are not something I care to indulge in on a regular basis. That’s why lighter stuffed chicken breasts, like the one I’m sharing today, make a fantastic alternative.

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pancetta, Onions and Nuts Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #chicken #pancetta #nuts #dinner

Today’s recipe, Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pancetta, Onions and Nuts, comes together so fast and I bet you have all the ingredients in your refrigerator. The stuffing brings together salty pancetta pieces with sweet caramelized onions and crunchy nuts. I used walnuts this time but pecans, almonds, or even pumpkin seeds can be used. A little more flavour boost is added with some minced garlic, salt and ground black pepper. Really a very simple meal that I know you and your family will love — we do!

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pancetta, Onions and Nuts Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #chicken #pancetta #nuts #dinner

On the side I served potato wedges that I spiced with turmeric, granulated garlic and salt. The potatoes were actually left over from the previous night so it was really a matter of only preparing the chicken breasts for this day’s dinner. You of course can serve the chicken with another vegetable of choice. But if you’d like to know how I make my roasted potatoes please read my Spicie Roasted Potatoes recipe.

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Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pancetta, Onions and Nuts, a delicious and hassle free dinner your family will love. Serve them with turmeric spiced roasted potatoes for an extra healthy boost!
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: World Cuisine
Serves: 2
Ingredients
Stuffing:
  • 100 gms pancetta*, finely sliced or chopped
  • 1 small yellow (brown) onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely crushed nuts of choice**
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch of black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
Stuffed Chicken Breasts:
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • pinch of salt and black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
Stuffing:
  1. Heat a little bit of olive oil and saute the onions until soft, browned and caramelized. Add the garlic, pancetta and pepper and cook until pancetta is crispy. Drain off any extra oil, add the crushed nuts and cook another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Stuffed Chicken Breasts:
  1. Pound the chicken breasts into an even sized thickness. Rub a bit of salt and pepper on the meat. Add even amounts of the stuffing into the center of each breast, gently tuck and roll the chicken. Heat the oil and once hot add the chicken breasts. Cook on both sides until the juices run clear and the meat feel firm. You may cut into the meat to check for doneness. Serve with your favorite veggie side dishes.
Notes
*If pancetta is not available, use bacon.
**I used walnuts this time but pecans, almonds, or even pumpkin seeds can be used.
Recipe for potatoes can be found here.

 

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pancetta, Onions and Nuts Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #chicken #pancetta #nuts #dinner

See how simple that was? You’ll only use one pan and dinner can be on the table in around 30 minutes. Enjoy!

 

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM

A tasty dish! That stuffing is wonderful.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Thanks Rosa!

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3 Ramona June 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Yum!! This dish has so much flavor!! It gives me ideas for more fun with chicken. :)

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4 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

That’s great, enjoy experimenting!

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5 Monique June 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

It looks delicious.. even your recipes are perfectly presented:)

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6 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Thanks so much Monique!:)

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7 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

The pancetta filling sounds fantastic! Would be great to use it as bun filling too.

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8 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Yes, that would be delicious — thanks for the idea Angie.:)

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9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Your chicken looks delicious but it’s the potatoes I’m really craving…. I don’t eat them often, but yours look irresistible!

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10 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Thanks Laura, I’m crazy for potatoes and crave them often.:)

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11 RavieNomNoms June 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

What a great recipe! Looks like it has TONS of flavor!

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12 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Thank you Ravie, it does have loads of flavour.:)

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13 Janie June 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

D’you know, I don’t think I’ve ever stuffed a chicken breast! I may have to remedy that after seeing this recipes, esp as it has no dairy in! Great job Nancy :)
Janie x

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14 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Really? Well I do hope you give it a try. Thanks Janie:)

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15 Sandra June 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

The taco salad I’m having for dinner sounds really dull after this yummy post.

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16 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 12:16 AM

I’m sure your salad was great, thanks Sandra!

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17 Betty June 26, 2013 at 2:18 AM

This is making me hungry for some right now! I have almost everything I need for this- I used the last of my bacon this morning. Time for a trip to the grocery. :)

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18 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM

I hope you get the bacon and give the chicken a try. Thanks Betty:)

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19 Eha June 26, 2013 at 5:05 AM

A fantastic recipe I have just put on the menu for tomorrow! You are quite right: I did have everything at home + quite a few of the alternates suggested also! Methinks I may have a ‘permanent file’ recipe here for which thanks!

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20 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM

That’s wonderful, Eha. Do let me know how you like it. Yes this recipe is one of those permanent lifers, it’s so easy to adjust to whatever you have at home. Thank you:)

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21 Patty June 26, 2013 at 5:38 AM

I want this for dinner ;-). I’m always looking for interesting delicious new recipes for chicken, thanks Nancy ;-) ps. Love the potatoes too!

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22 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Thank you Patty!

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23 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe June 26, 2013 at 6:14 AM

This sounds amazing! I love stuffed chicken recipes – so flavorful!

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24 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Thank you Amanda!:)

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25 Consuelo @ Honey & Figs June 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

This looks like the perfect dinner, I love it!!!

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26 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Thank you Consuelo!:)

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27 Medeja June 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

The stuffing sounds great! I think with chicken I would use almonds :)

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28 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Thanks Medeja, and yes the almonds work well too.

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29 Amelia June 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Hi Nancy. love this dish… EXCELLENT! The stuffing ingredients look great, very inviting dish. Your pictures is very impressive. 2 thumbs up for you.

Have a wonderful day ahead.

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30 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Hi Amelia,

Thank you so much! You too, have a great day:)

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31 Ash- foodfashionparty June 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

That looks delicious and flavorful. I don’t what it is about stuffed chicken, it makes it moist and so gourmet.

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32 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

You’re right, Ash, and I think it’s all the juices from the stuffing that help. Thanks!

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33 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz June 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Cannot remember the last time I stuffed anything like this and I assumed it was a long recipe to prepare. You have convinced me otherwise! The stuffing here sounds so good.

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34 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

It’s so simple you could prepare it half asleep. Thanks Evelyne!

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35 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) June 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Stuffed chicken breasts are always a good idea, especially with those flavors!

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36 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Thank you Alyssa!

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37 Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily June 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

This looks Divine! Hmm… the stuffing would be delicious just with a piece of fresh bread.
Cheers,
J+C

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38 Spicie Foodie June 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Oh, yes that would taste wonderful! Thank you Judit and Cornina:)

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39 Priscilla | ShesCookin June 27, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Wonderful savory flavors here! Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of my all time favorite elegant, easy entrees – I’ll be trying this nutty pancetta version soon :)

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40 Spicie Foodie June 27, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Thank you Priscilla and enjoy the chicken!

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41 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au June 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Hi Nancy, your chicken looks delicious. There is nothing nicer than stuffed chicken especially when it involves pancetta and nuts. The perfect family meal

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42 Spicie Foodie June 27, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Hi Tania! Thank you so much:)

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43 mjskit June 28, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Oh my! What a delicious chicken dish! Absolutely love the stuffing and the whole dish does seem quite easy to make. Thanks!

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44 Spicie Foodie June 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Thank you MJ!

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45 bill July 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Stuffed chicken breast is one of my favorite dishes and this recipe looks fantastic! I love your photography and it has inspired me to improve my photos. I’m a regular follower and I look forward to new posts!

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46 Spicie Foodie July 4, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Hi Bill, Glad to hear you also love stuffed chicken breasts. Thank you so much, I look forward to checking out your blog.:)

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