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Caprese Stuffed Chicken

Caprese is a fancy name for the combination of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil. We’ve had it several times as a salad. When we got our huge chicken breasts from Zaycon Foods, Patti just had to stuff them with these goodies. Ken loves sun dried tomatoes and Patti loves the fresh basil and green onions from the Murrieta Farmer’s Market. We used Patti’s favorite Swimmin’ in Smoke salt free Chik Bait. Being we couldn’t decide whether we wanted to serve them over pasta or rice, we had no choice but to do one of each.

Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood Pellet Patio Heater, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…

Thinking we would use Lumberjack’s new “Paris-Bordeaux Rosemary” wood pellets, Paris-Bordeaux Rosemary has a savory resinous flavor and aroma. It has a tea-like aroma and a piney flavor.

Caprese Stuffed Chicken
Outdoor Oven Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes at 350 degrees (177c)
Grill: Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Pellets: Lumberjack “Paris-Bordeaux Rosemary”

Ingredients: Caprese Stuffed Chicken

  • 2 Zaycon Foods half chicken breasts, a little over 1lb. each
  • 2 teaspoons Swimmin’ in Smoke Chick Bait salt free

Stuffing

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons dried basil leaves
  • ½ cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions, chopped

Topping

  • 1 5oz. can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Caprese Stuffed Chicken
Outdoor Oven Recipe

Directions: Caprese Stuffed Chicken

Cut deep pocket in each chicken breast, not cutting through
Season generously with Swimmin’ in Smoke Chik Bait, salt free
Spoon ½ stuffing into each chicken breast
Place chicken in a greased cast iron skillet
Pour diced tomatoes over chicken.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.

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Cut a Deep Pocket in Each Chicken Breast

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Spoon ½ Stuffing into Each Chicken Breast

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Place Chicken in a Greased Cast Iron Skillet

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Top with Tomatoes and Cheese

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In The Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

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Lookin Good

Cooking Directions: Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Cooking in the Pacific Living Outdoor Oven is a snap. If you are going to use the smoke box fill it up first with either wood chips or pellets. I like Lumberjack pellets because there are so many different kinds and low ash. (Easy clean up.)

Turn on the propane tank. Open the oven door so you can see and hear when the burner lights. Turn the control knob to the high position and hold it in. At this time press the igniter button. You’ll be able to hear and see the burner light. Continue to hold the control knob for about 10 seconds for the burner to get hot.

Close the door and preheat the oven to your desired temp. You may have to adjust it up or down until you reach your temperature. But, once you hit it the oven will hold it. We did 35 minutes at 350 degrees (177c).

Note:

The bottom stone and it gets “HOT” so you need to stay right with it or you will burn what your are cooking. I only use heavy cast iron or baking dishes here. For most things I have found that it is better to use the middle shelf. You can use a stone here or not depending on your cook.

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Let’s Eat !!!

About our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Louisiana, Green Mountain, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….

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Ken & Patti
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