Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Buffalo Sauce

I will admit, I once was not a fan of blue cheese – it was a bit too strong, too stinky and too tangy. It was when I started dipping buffalo wings in blue cheese dressing, that I understood it. It cut the spice with its coolness, and its strong flavor actually enhanced the spicy buffalo sauce.

Although I am starting to find a soft spot in my heart for this cheese, I am still not sure I would seek it out and eat it on a cracker, let’s say. However, this recipe uses it in a way I appreciate – as a melted, tangy cheese to go perfectly with a tangy buffalo sauce.

Thanks to Cooking Light for this recipe!

BLUE CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN WITH BUFFALO SAUCE
4 Servings

1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
6 tablespoons finely chopped drained bottled roasted red bell peppers
2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff cheese mixture evenly into pockets.

Place flour in a shallow dish. Combine milk and egg in a shallow dish, stirring well with a whisk. Place panko in a shallow dish. Working with 1 chicken breast half at a time, dredge chicken in flour, then dip in egg mixture; dredge in panko. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken, flour, egg mixture, and panko.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter to pan; swirl until butter melts. Arrange chicken in pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over; place skillet in oven. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until done.

While chicken bakes, combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, bell peppers, water, Worcestershire, and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer; cook until butter melts. Remove from heat, and stir in hot sauce. Serve sauce with chicken.

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