Another beautiful day here in MN as we come to a near end of March. The grass has turned green (much sooner than it did last year), the flowers are starting to bloom, and leaves are starting to bud on the trees. What does that mean? The window are opened up, the kids can play outside, the birds are chirping away (though not a fan of being woken up in the morning by them) and yes, bring on the grill!!!!!
Time to be inventive with cooking outside again! I love it. I love it!!!!!
When I planned this weeks dinner I had no intention of grilling this. It didn’t call for being put on the grill, but I couldn’t bring myself to turning on the oven when it’s so nice outside.
Turn on the grill, foiled up a pan and got my dinner going!!!
4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fat removed)
1/2 tsp ground pepper (I rarely measure this) – garlic salt
4 pieces Swiss Cheese slices (reduced fat)
2 tbs reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup Italian flavored Bread Crumbs
1 tbs fresh chopped parsley (or thyme – my least favorite herb)
4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped ham (left overs from the other nights dinner!!)
1. Preheat Grill to 400 degrees
2. Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt and pepper. In a bowl combine the bread crumbs, parsley and 2 tsp oil and mix well.
3. In a large skillet add the remaining extra virgin olive oil and turn on to med-high heat.
Cook the chicken until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Move the chicken to the baking sheet (sprayed with cooking spray) and spread cream cheese over the top of each piece of chicken, add the Swiss Cheese and top with the bread crumb mixture. Sprinkle the chopped ham over the top and bring it on out to the grill.
4. Bake chicken until it’s no longer pink on the inside (which I never check because I don’t want to lose the juice inside) or it reaches a temperature of 165 degrees.
This chicken was so tender and full of flavor. It was just as the title says….Quick! There are so many different ways to make chicken and to make it with great flavor. We eat chicken at least a couple times per week but it’s never the same way.
Happy Spring (It’s actually summer here in MN!!!)
Have a great weekend.
Patricia – Two Girls Cooking
This was really good 😉