Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Breaded Chicken Breasts with Peppadew Peppers and Fontina Cheese: Contest Closed!

I was so excited when American Express and the Tastemakers Program with Foodbuzz contacted me to tell me my blog was selected for their Dinner @6 promotion and contest. First of all, this will be my first giveaway on my blog and wow, its a really good one-- read on to see the details on how you can win a great prize courtesy of American Express! Second, came the little challenge for me that I've been mulling over for the last week or so.  As part of the contest, I had to create a dinner in six ingredients or less.  When you really start nailing that down, it was more difficult than it seemed at first, but I was up for a challenge!

One of my favorite radio programs is The Splendid Table on NPR with host Lynne Rosetto Kasper. As the show says, its the "show for people who love to eat" and it really is.  If you love food, definitely check it out.  Anyway, one of my favorite segments is when Kasper invites a famous chef or personality to join her in playing "Stump the Cook."  She is given 5 ingredients from the home kitchen of a listener and has to come up with a dish that sounds edible given the strange assortment.  She is amazing at making something that sounds delicious out of a combination such as  maple syrup, beef kielbasa, dark beer, fresh coconut, and alligator pears. Then the celebrity judge passes or fails her.  She usually wins and I am usually thinking, "wow, I would actually eat that" she's made the dish sound so good.

This kind of felt like my own version of "Stump the Cook" except that I could thankfully choose my own ingredients (whew). I finally settled on stuffed chicken breasts-- but hmm, what to stuff them with? Since I only had six ingredients, I wanted each one to really pack a punch.  According to the rules, we could use salt, pepper, water, and oil and not have them count against our six.  That was great news to me! Breaded chicken cutlets are a staple with my Italian relatives and I've grew up eating them.  While you can make them many ways, if you  want to just make them very simply (but yum, so deliciously) pound chicken breasts, dip into olive oil, and cover with bread crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper.  It sounds like it wouldn't be flavorful but its wonderful!

I started with this as my base recipe and then decided to walk around the grocery store and see what caught my eye.  The point of this contest is to encourage easy to prepare dinners so I was trying to keep that in mind.  I thought peppers of some sort would be tasty so I bought both a jar of roasted red peppers and then spotted the Peppadews on the olive bar.  Peppadew peppers are so good-- a little sweet, a little spicy and a ton of flavor.  They are the little red peppers that are about the size of cherry tomatoes.  They can generally be found on olive bars in the deli section of your well-stocked grocery store.  A few months ago, I made pimento mac and cheese with Peppadew peppers and it has quickly become one of my all-time favorite mac and cheese recipes due, in big part, from the flavor of the Peppadews..

Next, I thought my dish needed some cheese, so I picked up some Fontina and Gruyere.  Both are creamy and would melt nicely when rolled up in the chicken.  The Gruyere, often used in fondue, has a slightly nuttier taste than a young Fontina, which is creamy and mild (and one of my favorite cheeses). Both do well in baking and are good "melting" cheeses.

First I took the chicken breasts and pounded them nice and thin with a meat pounder (such a good stress release), then I sprinkled the chicken with salt and pepper.  On one of the chicken breasts, I added sliced Peppadews and slices of Fontina and then on the other I added strips of roasted pepper and slices of Gruyere.  Then I rolled the chicken up and dipped each roll in olive oil and then in bread crumbs seasoned with salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder.  My final ingredient count? 5!! chicken, cheese, peppers, bread crumbs, and garlic (the salt, pepper, and oil don't count, remember).

After the chicken baked, I called in my resident taste-tester, my dear husband.  After smelling the chicken baking while he was watching football, he was more than happy to help.  As you can guess from the title, the chicken with the Peppadews and the Fontina won hands down.  The peppers added a little heat and a little sweetness and a lot of flavor to the dish and the Fontina was creamy and delicious.  This recipe was a snap to put together too, making this a great week night recipe.

One last note, the proportions of this recipe are meant to be a guide and not followed to the letter.  If you want to add ingredients to your bread crumb mixture, such as basil or parsley, or use seasoned bread crumbs, adjust it to your taste.  Also, I tried to guesstimate on how much cheese and strips of pepper I used, so adjust this as well if you like more or less cheese, etc.

Breaded Chicken with Peppadew Peppers and Fontina Cheese
Serves 4

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
olive oil
1 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
4-6 oz. Fontina cheese
8 Peppadew peppers, or more to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place chicken breasts in between sheets of plastic wrap. Pound the chicken with a meat pounder or rolling pin until its about 1/4 of an inch thick.  Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper.

In a shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs, garlic powder.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  In a separate small shallow bowl, pour about 5 tbs. of olive oil.

Slice 2 Peppadew peppers and place them on the flattened chicken.  Add 2 oz. of Fontina on top of the peppers.  Gently roll the chicken while keeping the peppers and cheese tucked inside.  Dip the chicken roll into the olive oil and make sure the entire breast is lightly covered.  Then, dip the chicken roll into the bread crumbs and completely cover.  Place the chicken roll on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Repeat this process with the other 3 breasts.  If you find that your chicken is coming unraveled, secure the seam with a toothpick.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is thoroughly cooked.

The Contest:
NOW, for the details on the contest. Do you like how I kept the suspense up by making you scroll to the bottom? I'm so mean! :)  As part of the Dinner@6 contest sponsored by Blue Cash PreferredSM, American Express provided me with a $100 gift card to give out to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment for this post by answering the question: "What is my favorite 6-ingredient recipe?"

So, ready to win a $100 gift card from American Express?? Here's what you need to know:

How to enter: Leave a comment telling me your favorite 6-ingredient recipe.  The contest ends on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:59pm. The winner will then be chosen by a random drawing.  

Some Important Details:
  • Only one entry per person- strictly enforced
  • You must be 18 or older at the time of entry.
  • Only US residents for this contest (sorry about that one, folks)
  • All comments must be under this post to be considered for entry. 
  • Please, please leave me your email address in the comment section so I can contact you when you win!! 
  • For more information, please see the official rules page. 
Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with American Express. 


  1. Wow, Ryan - Congratulations!

    My favorite 6-ingredient dish is California Caprese Salad: Avocado, Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Basil, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar.

  2. Beautiful meal and such lovely pictures of it.

  3. As a single gal, my go-to meal is a healthy and tasty omelet: eggbeaters (or eggs), cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, and salt/pepper. I usually use butter-flavored Pam to keep the eggs from sticking, and to help me keep my girlish figure. : ) Not only did I make one for myself for dinner last night, but I made it for a friend I had over. Big hit!

  4. My favorite meal is parmesan shrimp and grits:
    1 pound of shrimp
    3 peppers- yellow, green , red
    1 onion
    1 to 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
    Grits ...prepared per packaging and after cooking take off eye and add 1 8 ounce package of parmesan cheese and butter.

    So delicious !

    Jennifer Mumford

  5. Great recipe!
    My favorite 6 ingredient recipe is Molten Lava Cakes!

  6. Right now, it's my quick egg salad: chopped boiled eggs, chopped cucumbers, mayo, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and chopped basil!

  7. Nice dinner!

    I just made sauteed leeks, kale and onion with olive oil, topped with eggs and parmesan cheese - yum oxo

  8. Taco Soup:
    Pinto beans
    Ground turkey
    Canned tomatoes
    Green Chile
    Taco Seasoning packet

    Perfect one-pot meal

  9. Hey Ryan, this sounds delicious! I love to make stovetop homemade mac&cheese with pasta, cheese, milk, eggs, butter & mustard. It is much better than boxed!

  10. Carrot cake is my absolute favorite dessert and this microwave recipe is so easy:

    Mix together:
    1/2 cup oil
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    1 packet baking soda
    1 cup of raw carrots

    Put the mixture into a microwave-safe pyrex, preferably round, and in about 7 minutes it's ready!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  11. Your first giveaway - how fun! Your chicken cutlets look wonderful. I think you did a great job with this challenge, Ryan.

  12. That chicken looks so moist, great recipe! This is a fun giveaway too. My favorite 5 ingredient recipe is peanut butter granola:
    2 Tbs. PB
    2 Tbs. honey
    1/2 tsp. vanilla
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1 cup oats
    pinch of salt

    Melt pb and honey together, stir in vanilla, cinnamon, oats and salt. Spread in a prepared baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, edges will be slightly browned. Let cool and set for 10 after baking

  13. Great photos and this sounds and looks delicious! I like the idea from the radio show on NPR. It sounds kind of like the show Chopped on Food network. Only I'm sure they get longer than 30 minutes to prepare it :)

  14. How about a 2 ingredient cake?
    Pineapple Angel Food cake

    1 can of crushed pineapple with juice
    1 Box angel food cake mix

    Mix together and bake them in an ungreased 9x13 pan.

  15. One of my favorite six ingredient recipes is for no-bake cookies: cocoa powder, oats, peanut butter, sugar and milk...yum!
    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  16. Lentils and Cracked wheat
    1 lentils
    2 onion
    3 vegetable oil
    4 salt/ pepper
    5 coarse cracked wheat (bulgar)
    6 pita

    Slice onion, add a little oil to a heavy bottom pot fry the onion until it caramelizes this takes about 10 minutes. Remove half the cooked onion and set aside to garnish. Now add 1 c lentils and 2 c waters to same pot simmer 30 minutes until lentils are tender then add 1/2 c cracked wheat cook 20 more minutes with seasoning adding more water as needed to soften wheat. Then plate lentils with wheat cover with reserved caramelized onion and eat with pita!

  17. Mac and cheese for two - recipe found at the link below!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. My favorite six ingredient recipeis this indian dish made from pressure cooking rice and lentils with a little turmeric and cumin seeds. Its simple but comfort food at its best with some yogurt!

  19. Ryan, I love how you combine the Italian and Southern touch to your dishes and I just love, and has become a favorite in my Gourmetmama's Experimental Kitchen, the Breaded Chicken Breast w/Peppadew Peppers & Fontina Cheese recipe. It was simply quick to prepare and delicious! I have added it to my list of prized entrees on my home menu.

  20. Here's a quick and easy recipe for pea salad. Mix one package of unthawed frozen petite green peas with one half of a small red onion, finely diced. Add about 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese in 1/4 " cubes. Add just enough mayo to coat these ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste. Chill for at least 2 hours. Yum!

    Thanks for all of the great recipes and for this giveaway

  21. Oh I love the chicken! I'm new to Fontana cheese and I just saw another blogger using it. I need to find out this cheese and try your recipe!

    Congrats on your first giveaway! Here's my 6-ingredient dish: Garlic Miso Chicken Wings

    10 chicken wings
    4 cloves garlic
    3 Tbsp. miso
    2 Tbsp. soy sauce
    2 Tbsp. mirin
    1 green onion for garnish

  22. This looks so tasty! My favorite quick 6 ingredient dish would be a spanish tortilla - with potatoes, eggs, garlic, onion and some piquillo peppers. Thanks for the dinner idea!

  23. Your chicken looks yummy - and like you said, with those ingredients, I bet it really packs a punch!
    One of my favorite 6-ingredient meals is crockpot pulled pork:
    1 3lb. pork butt
    1 bottle BBQ sauce
    8 hamburger rolls
    2 cups shredded cabbage
    1/2 cup mayo
    2 Tbsp. honey mustard

    Put pork butt in crockpot and cover with BBQ sauce. Cook on low 12 hours. Remove any bones and shred remaining meat.
    In a separate bowl, mix mayo and honey mustard. Pour over shredded cabbage and mix until well coated.
    Serve shredded pork on hamburger buns, topped with shredded cabbage. Yum!

  24. My favorite 6 ingredient recipe is guacamole.

    3 avocados
    1 onion
    2 tomatoes
    1/2 bunch cilantro
    2 serrano peppers
    2 limes

    Simply delicious!

  25. Ryan - know I can only post once on this 6 ingredient contest but what I failed to say was that one should use garlic infused olive oil for sauteing the veggies. So again:
    Pasta, Sundried Tomatoes, Artichokes, Mushrooms, Black Olives, and Parmesan. Boil pasta, saute veggies in garlic infused olive oil, toss with pasta, sprinkle with Parmesan.
    Thanks for the redo!

  26. Your chicken sounds yummy and looks pretty too!
    My favorite 6 ingredient dish is zucchini and portabella crepes.
    Fine chopped zucchini, portabellas and onions sauteed lightly in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper rolled up in simple crepes made with flour, oil, water and an egg, topped with alfredo sauce (some red pepper flakes on top make it really good.
    It's a good simple meal that looks nice and tastes even better.

  27. My favorite6 ingredient dish is actually made in a microwave, Ir consists of good smoked sausage, 2 kinds of peppers, potatoes,onions, basil and cream. I made it for years and have never tired of it.

    Congratulations on your well-deserved win.The chicken sounds wonderful.

    I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary youhave

  28. Congrats on making Foodbuzz's Top 9!! :)

  29. I like a basic Country Brunch casserole. Old fashioned, I know, but 6 ingredients and easy:
    9 slices bread, trim crusts and cube
    8 or more slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    1/2 cup chopped green salad onions
    1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
    6 eggs
    3 cup milk

    escape24x7 at yahoo dot com

  30. My favorite six ingredient recipe is Shrimp and pasta.

    1 lb med/lg shrimp, peeled and devined
    1 lb angle hair pasta
    2 lemons, juiced and zested
    1 1/2 stick butter
    2 tbl minced garlic
    1 tsp garlic powder

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Melt butter. Add lemon juice and zest, garlic. Add shrimp and cook until done. Mix pasta in with shrimp mix. Serve with garlic bread.


    mendyd15 at yahoo dot com

  31. My favorite quick cookie recipe - PBBC Crispy Treats! Melted dark chocolate chips, crunchy peant butter, one mashed banana, dash of vanilla, chia seeds, and rice crisp cereal! Scoop them into balls, put in the freezer for an hour. So quick and easy, and so tasty!

    hms5001 at gmail dot com

  32. What a fun giveaway and such a creative dish! I didn't think I had any recipe to share, but I was happy to find one :)

    Baked Chicken Nuggets~

    2 cups crushed seasoned croutons
    1 cup grated Parmesan
    1/2-1 teaspoon basil
    1/2-1 teaspoon thyme
    6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
    1/2 cup butter, melted

    Preheat oven to 400ยบ. Cover large baking sheet with foil (or just lightly grease baking sheet).

    Combine crushed croutons, Parmesan, basil and thyme in large zip lock bag. Dip chicken pieces in melted butter, then crouton mix. Place on large baking sheet.

    Bake 20-25 minutes, till lightly browned.

  33. You do have a great blog. I find myself reading entries just for fun and I always find a tip or two and sometimes a recipe I also want to try. I'm taking a few minutes to look at FFwD chicken posts, and found your chicken post which really looks great. I'll say that the Dorie one is quick and tasty enough for a fast recipe, but yours looks special and really delish. Nice post.

  34. Great review and that's a lovely recipe.

  35. I love simple recipes that allow their ingredients to really shine. This one sounds really great - with some gluten-free bread crumbs, I bet my partner would love it! (I'm in Canada, so no contest entry for me.)

  36. What a delicious recipe! And such a fun giveaway!

    Mine would have to be my verde salsa recipe:
    1 lb Tomatillos, 2 tomatos, 1 large onion, 5 cloves garlic, 1 bunch cilantro, and juice from 1 lime.

  37. I love stuffed chicken...yours looks fantastic and simple! Win-win :) My favorite 6 ingredient recipe is buffalo chicken dip...cream cheese, chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, cheddar cheese and celery sticks. It's always a huge hit at football parties in the fall!

  38. Hi Ryan, You've done a great job on this challenge. Your chicken looks delicious. My favorite 6 ingredient dish for a quick meal is Pork Chops in Tomato Sauce. Pork chops, wine, can crushed tomatoes, garlic cloves, basil. Serve over rice. I love the Splendid Table...great show!

  39. I love simple recipes, but 6 ingredients is kind of hard!! The first recipe that popped into my head was pasta with bacon and brie. It sounds like a strange combination, but it is out of this world amazing!! (Here's the link to my post - ignore the horrible photos. REALLY old post!!

    And your chicken looks soooo good.

  40. Honey-Soy Pork Chops
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/4 cup honey
    2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
    1 tablespoon sherry or unsweetened apple juice
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    4 boneless pork loin chops
    combine the first five ingredients. Pour 1/2 cup into a large resealable plastic bag; add pork chops.
    Drain and discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.
    over heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160°, basting frequently with remaining marinade.

  41. Wow, Ryan this looks fabulous! Can't believe it's only 6 ingredients. Delish. My recipe is boring, but a fav at our house.

    Chicken Monterrey

    1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (or butter)
    4 chicken breasts
    2 cups of shredded Monterrey jack cheese
    1/2 c onions (sliced)
    1 c mushrooms (canned or fresh)
    1 clove of garlic (minced)
    1 pinch of Morton's seasoning salt

    Heat oil in pan, add garlic and onions and cook til translucent, add chicken breasts and grill over medium heat until nearly browned on both sizes, sprinkle with seasoning salt and add mushrooms to pan. Turn heat to low, sprinkle each chicken breast with some shredded cheese, and then cover with skillet lid. Allow cheese to melt then serve immediately.

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

  42. Here's my favorite Pork chops stuffed with gouda and bacon......everything is better with bacon

    2 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
    4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    2 (2 1/4 inch thick) center-cut, bone-in pork chops
    1 teaspoon olive oil


    Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat.
    In a small bowl, combine the cheese, bacon, parsley, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
    Lay the chop flat on cutting board, and with a sharp knife held parallel to the board, cut a pocket into the pork, going all the way to the bone, but leaving the sides intact. Stuff cheese mixture into pocket, and close with a wooden toothpick. Brush meat with oil, and season with salt and more black pepper.
    Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes

    cgies25 at hotmail dot com

  43. My favorite 6-ingredient recipe is Baked Eggs with Tomato and Spinach: 8 eggs (separated), half an onion, bunch of spinach, can of diced tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese.

    Mix eggs whites with cheeses. Saute onions, add spinach and tomatoes. Add to egg mixture and pour into small baking pan. Top with egg yolks and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes until puffed and golden. Delicious with crusty french bread!

  44. My favorite 6 ingredient recipe is my roasted asparagus:
    It is fabulous!!

  45. Sounds lovely!! Great recipe!
    WOW, what a great giveaway! I would have to say that a quick breakfast chilaquiles is my fav. Saute 10 corn tortillas, cut in triangles, in olive oil and fry until cooked. Add green salsa, black beans and cook for 10 minutes, Top with chopped red onions and cheese. Devour!

  46. My favorite is from the Bisquick recipe collection. I make it all the time!

  47. My favorite six ingredient recipe is a stuffed green pepper: green pepper, ground beef, tomato sauce, rice, mozzarella cheese and onion. Cook ground beef with onion drain grease, cook rice as directed, clean pepper outside and scoop out inside, add tomato sauce and cooked rice to beef and then stuff in pepper and top with cheese and bake

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  48. This is what I have in the crock pot for tonight's dinner:

    2 lb boneless/skinless chicken breasts, jar of salsa, 2 T. chili powder, 1 t. cumin, 1 t. cayenne, 2 limes (squeeze the juice on then throw in the limes but remove the lime halves before eating), throw 1/2 bunch of cilantro on top and cook on low for 8 hours. Use for tacos or burritos.


  49. Mexi casserole.. Ground turkey, blk beans, enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, shredded cheese and gorilla chips. Easy!!

  50. Mom's Pork Tenderloin!

  51. My Moroccan host mom's beet salad:
    Beets, halved
    Onion, sliced
    Parsley, chopped
    Olive oil
    Lemon juice
    Boil beets for 30 minutes until soft, slice, toss with other ingredients. Yum!


  52. Your breaded chicken dish sounds delicious! :) My family's favorite 6 ingredients dinner is Creamy Asian Beef Noodle.

    8 ounces soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles)
    1 1/2 pounds of skirt steak, cut in half or thirds to fit in skillet
    1 pound(s) of snow peas, stem ends removed
    2 tsp. of soy sauce
    8 ounce(s) of 8 ounce Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
    2 Green Onion, chopped

    In a pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.

    Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Season steak with salt and pepper. Cook, turning once, until medium-rare, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer steak to a cutting board and loosely cover with aluminum foil (reserve skillet with juices).

    Add snow peas to skillet and toss with juices. Cook on medium-high heat, tossing occasionally until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add noodles, soy sauce, and cream cheese, cook until warmed through, about 1 minute. Transfer to serving bowls. Slice steak and place on top of noodles. Sprinkle with green onions and enjoy.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  53. That looks so delicious! Will definitely have to try it!
    My fave 6 ingredient recipe is a Chicken Palliard that just uses Chicken, Lemons, Butter, Capers and Flour. Mmmmm.

  54. LOVE Peppadews!!! What a creative way to use them! Thanks for the recipe! :)

    My go-to 6 ingredient recipe is!:
    - 1 box corn/gluten free shells
    - 1 cup cubed extra firm tofu
    - 2 huge handfulls of fresh baby spinach
    - A couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
    - About 1/4-1/2 cup graded Pecorino Romano
    - salt and pepper to taste
    Cook the pasta according to directions, lightly saute the cubed tofu with olive oil, toss the spinach in with the warm pasta once it has been drained, stir the spinach in with the pasta and add the rest of the olive oil, stir, toss in the tofu with the pasta, stir, toss the cheese in, stir, salt and pepper to taste… Enjoy!

  55. yum!

    My fav 6 ingredient recipe is a quick pasta dish...

    1 lb rigatoni
    1 large onion, chopped
    a couple of cloves of garlic, minced
    1 lb fresh tomatoes, chopped
    handful of basil, roughly chopped
    1 lb fresh mozzarella
    2 tbsp olive oil
    salt & pepper

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat, then add the chopped tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cut the mozzarella into bite sized pieces, drain the pasta (when it is al dente) and toss everything together. Top with the chopped basil and you are good to go!

  56. Thanks for the giveaway!

    My favorite is potato skins--potatoes, cheddar, bacon, chives, and sour cream or ranch! Bake the potatoes normally, then cut them in half, scoop some potato out to make room for the stuff you'll add, cut them in half again, and top with cheddar and bacon that you've already cooked and crumbled. Bake again for about 15 minutes, then top with chives and garnish with sour cream!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com


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