This time of year (winter weather in most areas of the United States) it is difficult to find tasty garden-fresh tomatoes. Oh you can buy them in the grocery stores but they were probably picked green and traveled for days to get to their destination, and frankly some taste like a wearily traveled fruit.
So to make a flavorful caprese salad with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil is impossible. In fact, I tried purchasing fresh basil and could only find it located in the refrigerator section – bad, bad produce department. I couldn’t believe the produce manager doesn’t know basil doesn’t like to be cold. The basil I purchased was bruised and withered by the time I got it home. Ugh!
Costco chicken breasts are nice and plump which is what I wanted so I could butterfly them to stuff. Let the stuffing begin!
For this recipe, I used spinach and roasted red peppers in place of tomatoes and basil.
Stuffed and ready to cook.
These chicken breasts were so plump that it took double the time to cook.
I paired the chicken with a Brussel sprouts warm slaw (recipe in a few days).