Why serve chicken with side dishes when you can bake the sides right inside the chicken? Stuffing chicken breasts isn’t just visually appealing, it’s also practical. Stuffing helps chicken breasts cook evenly and retain their juiciness while adding flavor. You can stuff chicken with all kinds of things, but my favorite combo is this slightly spicy, smoky filling made from poblano peppers, mushrooms and cheese.
Stuffing chicken breasts is sometimes accomplished by cutting a pocket into the thickest part of the breast, but pounding the breast makes more room for the filling and results in a more even bake. You don’t need any fancy equipment; simply place a breast between two sheets of plastic wrap and use a mallet or rolling pin to pound to an even thickness, about 1/4 inch. Be gentle; you don’t want to tear the meat.
Pro tip: For an impressive presentation, slice breasts in crosswise ½-inch slices to reveal the stuffed interior.