Hasselback potatoes are an old Swedish favorite that has recently made a come back. Hasselback basically means making several slices part of the way through the potato and stuffing those slices with something delicious. The “stuffing” is traditionally butter and some type of cheese which is what most people like on their potatoes. Not all that healthy of a side dish, but it does spark some healthy inspiration.
I recently found a recipe that used the same method on a chicken breast. By using a lean protein source, it can become a main dish star instead of a side dish. I had to give it a try and put my own twist on it. Plus, the name is fun to say so when people ask about it I can say, “It’s Hassleback Chicken of course!”
I used goat cheese, big surprise there I’m sure, with tomatoes and artichokes but any “stuffing” can be used. A mixture of ricotta cheese, spinach, and garlic would be delicious or light cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil. The possibilities are truly endless! For a vegetarian version, a sweet potato could be used in place of the chicken breast. Mmmm…a Fall inspired Hasselback Sweet Potato…stuffed with dried cherries, apple slices, nutmeg and cinnamon. Yum!
Tomato Artichoke Hasselback Chicken
- 4 boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
- 2-3 Tablespoons Olive oil
- Italian Blend of seasonings (dried basil, thyme, oregano)
- Salt and pepper
- Goat or Feta Cheese
- Marinated Artichoke Hearts, quartered
- Tomatoes, chopped
Directions: Clean, trim, and pat dry chicken breasts. On a cutting board, lay the chicken breast lengthwise right to left. Pinch the top and bottom so that the middle comes up a little. Make 6-7 vertical slices, 3/4 of the way through the chicken to create a “pocket,” and place in a glass baking dish that has been prepped with a generous tablespoon of olive oil. DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CHICKEN BREAST. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts. Once all 4 breasts are sliced and in the baking dish, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stuff each pocket with goat cheese, artichoke hearts, and tomato. Drizzle with another tablespoon of olive oil and bake, covered with foil, for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove foil and bake an additional 12-15 mins depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Serve on a bed of mixed greens with a couple of spoonfuls of tzatziki (cucumber yogurt sauce).