We eat a lot of chicken at our house. A lot. It seems to be that one protein everyone will eat. But sometimes it can get boring. And sometimes it can be dry. This recipe can shake things up a bit! Not only is it full of flavor, but the cooking method helps you get moist chicken every single time.
I learned about this technique for cooking chicken a few years ago and have been doing it this way ever since. The problem with using whole chicken breasts is that because they are so thick, the outside is often tough and overdone by the time the center is cooked through. And when chicken is over cooked, it basically has no flavor. But by cutting each chicken breast in half horizontally, the chicken cooks evenly. What you end up with is a moist, flavorful chicken breast!
Don’t forget about the artichoke topping, though. This topping contains two of my favorite flavors: artichokes and cheese. And not just cheese but three different kinds of cheese! The recipe is super easy to whip up, and only takes a few minutes under the broiler to melt and caramelize over the chicken.
Here’s how you make this super skillet dinner:
You will need two large chicken breasts, chopped artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, Swiss cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, mix together the artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, Swiss cheese, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Next, lay your chicken breasts on a cutting board. Take one breast and cut it horizontally, like you are opening a book. Cut it as evenly as possible into two pieces. When you are done, you’ll have four pieces of chicken.
Heat the olive oil in an oven-proof skillet. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper, and then transfer to the skillet. Cook until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side.
Take your artichoke mixture and divide it evenly onto the four pieces of chicken. Spread it over the top. Put the skillet under the broiler until the cheese is melted and caramelized. This will takes just a few minutes.