Mozzarella Chicken Marinara Recipe is an easy dinner served with a side of sweet onions. Makes delicious leftovers served with a green salad!

Mozzarella Chicken Marinara Recipe

Enjoy this Mozzarella Chicken Marinara Recipe for dinner tonight! Such an easy chicken dinner to make, it’s good enough for company, too. Delish with fresh basil!

Mozzarella Chicken Marinara Recipe

This Baked Chicken Marinara recipe is sliced open and stuffed with cheese and basil, and a thick slice of Mozzarella cheese. It’s a delicious alternative to chicken parmesan.

Mozzarella Chicken Marinara Recipe with sweet onions

Mozzarella Chicken Marinara

We often crave Chicken Parmigiana, and head down to our local Italian restaurant to get our fill. But it’s also a fun recipe to make at home. Today, this short version–smothered in sauce and stuffed with mozzarella cheese–is served with sweet onions. 

If you don’t have the time to make a restaurant quality dinner but you’re craving those flavors, this recipe is for you! 

Mozzarella Chicken Marinara Recipe is always a winner!

stuffing raw chicken breasts

Ingredients needed for stuffed Mozzarella Chicken breasts

  • Chicken breasts
  • Mozzarella cheese (we like fresh Mozzarella slices)
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Dellalo Marinara Sauce
  • Sweet onion
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Dried thyme

3 raw stuffed chicken breasts

How to make Mozzarella stuffed chicken breasts

  1. Make an incision in each chicken breast large enough for the Mozzarella and basil to fit inside (do not cut great all the way through).
  2. Stuff each chicken breast with a slice of Mozzarella and a basil leaf and place on greased baking sheet.
  3. Salt and pepper both sides; cover breasts with marinara sauce on each breast.
  4. Bake!

making Mozzarella Chicken Marinara

Serve with sweet onions

For the onions, melt butter in pan on medium/low heat.

Add onions and cook until golden brown.

Add thyme and salt and pepper to taste.

stuffed chicken breast with mozzarella

Other variations, how to serve:

You may also stuff the chicken breast with cheese, bell peppers, onion and minced garlic.

Sprinkle mild cheddar cheese on top of chicken and then poured the sauce and sprinkled parmesan.

Serve with spaghetti squash or pasta, or over zucchini noodles, rice, or steamed vegetables.

Serve over spaghetti with salad and glass of wine….delicious!

a slice of Mozzarella Chicken Marinara

Garnish and enjoy!

Garnish with freshly chopped parmesan cheese and serve.

I recently read this from a great book, and oh, these words are true:

“Whole people see and create wholeness wherever they go. Split people see and create splits in everything and everybody.”

Thank you Richard Roher. Yes, let’s be people who love people and create a positive spirit wherever we go!

3 cooked chicken breasts with marinara

Words of hospitality and wisdom

Hospitality is not always beautiful or perfect, we all know that. But if we continue to invite the same people over, again and again, and we are not feeling nurtured by the friendship, then I promise, you will burn out.

The people we spend time with affect us so, so I like to ask myself if spending time with certain people makes me a better person (to be the best that I can be for my husband, family, my work and community)–or not. Insecure friends in particular are tough, because you’re always having to walk on eggshells, worry about what you say, instead of being yourself.

If we want a more simple life, complicated people are not going to help us achieve that goal. Choosing friends wisely is important!

All this to say, when you’re hosting a dinner, invite some new, fresh, positive people over!

You’ll be surprised how the hours will whiz by, and you’ll want to continue to forge these friendships.

cooked Mozzarella Chicken Marinara

More chicken recipes to try:

Easy Chicken Marsala Recipe

Rolled Broccolini Curried Chicken Divan

Baked Lemon Chicken and Olives

Sauteed Chicken with Cherries

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Mozzarella Chicken Marinara Recipe

Serve with spaghetti squash or pasta, or over zucchini noodles, rice, or steamed vegetables, or a side salad.

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3 slices Mozzarella cheese, I like fresh Mozzarella, thick slices
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 20 oz Dellalo Marinara Sauce
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp.  butter
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme

Instructions

How to prepare and stuff the chicken breasts:

  • Make an incision in each chicken breast large enough for the Mozzarella and basil to fit inside (do not cut great all the way through). Stuff each chicken breast with a slice of Mozzarella and a basil leaf and place on greased baking sheet.
  • Salt and pepper both sides; cover breasts with about 3/4 c. marinara sauce on each breast.
  • Bake at 400 until fully cooked, 30-35 minutes.

How to cook the onions:

  • For the onions, melt butter in pan on medium/low heat. Add onions and cook until golden brown, 10-15 minutes while the chicken is baking.
  • Add thyme, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve chicken and onions together with fresh chopped basil on top.

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Notes

Reposted from Januray 2017
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