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Cilantro Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts over Pinto Beans

  • Prep Time 0:20
  • Cook Time 0:25
  • Estimated Cost $16.00

Stuffed chicken breasts are a great way to make your dinner look really fancy without a lot of effort. Plus, after a long day there are few things more satisfying than pounding raw chicken with a mallet.

Lentils or black beans would also be good as a base for the chicken.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts $7
  • 1 small bunch cilantro plus extra for garnish $2
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lemon $0.50
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled Pantry
  • olive oil Pantry
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese $3.50 for 8 oz.
  • salt and pepper to taste Pantry
  • 1 15 oz. can refried or whole pinto beans $1.50

Recipe Serves 2


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Use 1 tsp olive oil to lightly grease a baking dish.
  2. Place a chicken breast between 2 pieces of wax paper and pound to 1/4" thickness using a mallet or a rolling pin. Repeat with second breast.
  3. In a food processor or blender, combine cilantro, garlic, 3 tbsps olive oil, lemon juice and zest and mozzarella until a chunky paste forms. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To assemble chicken. spread half of the pesto over the top of a chicken breast. Roll up tightly to form a cylinder and secure using toothpicks. Repeat with second chicken breast and remaining pesto. Place in the prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just cooked. Test the chicken by cutting a slice to see if the chicken has cooked all the way through before serving.
  6. While chicken bakes, drain the beans and heat in a small pot over medium high heat with 3 tbsp water added until hot. Mash with a fork until mostly smooth. Season lightly with salt.
  7. To serve, divide portions of the beans onto 2 plates. Cut chicken into 1" pinwheel slices and serve over beans. Garnish with additional cilantro.

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Mina, on Nov 2, 07:25 PM, wrote:

looks like I know what to make my husband for dinner tomorrow. =)

Sergey, on Nov 3, 03:02 AM, wrote:

Great recipe., on Nov 5, 04:46 PM, wrote:

Yum can’t wait to try it this one looks really easy and tasty.

James Hsia, on Nov 6, 07:18 AM, wrote:

Cilantro…hmmmm, my fav. I ought to invite you over to cook for me one of these days again~!

Christine, on Feb 21, 01:25 PM, wrote:

Omigoodness. I served this last night for a party of 6 and it was a totally delicious hit! I served it over pureed black beans, which was really pretty.

Gabi: your genius never ceases to amaze me!

Lydia, on May 11, 06:29 AM, wrote:

Cilantro pesto + mayo = one awesome sandwich spread with grilled veggies!

Tova Patterson, on Oct 27, 03:10 PM, wrote:

You rock my world Gabi! I wouldn’t be able to make dinner without your help. Hope you are doing well.

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My family loves Cilantro, I cannot imagine why it never occurred to me to make a pesto with it, My kids will eat anything with a Cilantro and mayonnaise spread on it

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