Roasted Pine Nut Stuffed Chicken

If you love pine nuts as much as I do, then you are going to love this recipe!  Pine nuts are naturally free of gluten and packed full of vitamins, minerals, and heart-healthy fatty acids.  I love to mix pine nuts in with pesto and hummus, but today, we are going to roast & stuff them.

Roasted Pine Nut Stuffed Chicken

Serves 2 - Total Time: 60 minutes


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts*


  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano, shredded
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 stick butter, softened
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 cup gluten-free panko crumbs
  • 1/8 cup pine nuts, finely chopped

* One hour prior to cooking, remove chicken from refrigerator.  Allow chicken to come to room temperature so breadcrumbs will adhere.


Preheat oven to 350° F.  Arrange pine nuts in a single layer on baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.

To prepare the filling, place the basil, toasted pine nuts, Pecorino Romano, garlic, and soft butter into food processor.  Add salt and pepper as desired and pulse until filling is blended well.

Carefully cut a 3 ” slit in side of chicken breast and open out.  Smear filling inside, close and repeat with other chicken breast.

Mix panko and chopped pine nuts together in small bowl and press on top of each chicken breast.  Place chicken in oven-safe dish and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until no longer pink inside.

Serve immediately.

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Christina Russell

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  • aslates77

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award!

  • L

    Oh, yummy! I LOVE pine nuts. Thank you for commenting on my page. I will be back to check yours out many times, I’m sure!

    • Christina Russell

      Awesome, thanks!

      • L

        Can you tell me more about your yoga experience? I’m curious, how long have you been experimenting with it, and what other exercise do you do?

        • Christina Russell

          Hi L! I do a hybrid yoga called DDPYoga. It’s slogan is, “It ain’t your mama’s yoga” and that is so true. It does use some of the traditional yoga positions, but it incorporates dynamic resistance (which is engaging your muscles to add resistance/weight to the movements) which help your heart rate go up and help you build muscle so you are getting a runners/bodybuilders workout with virtually no impact. It has been amazing for me! I started at 210lbs and 4 months later I’m at 162, which is pretty much my goal weight since I’m 6’1″. Aug. 1st I switched to gluten free/gmo free/ and cow dairy free and the change has been incredible so far. I have more energy, my ezcema is finally starting to go away, and my ‘insides’ are running well. ;) If you want to read more - please visit my page:
          There’s the most inspiration video on there of Arthur that will make you cry, but also show you that anyone can do this program. And there’s a link to the new members page which has a lot of info too :)
          Let me know your thoughts after you see the video/resources. Oh, and I don’t do any other exercise because I get it all in with one. :)