This is a simple and delicious zucchini bread recipe that also works well as muffins. The applesauce cuts calories too, making it a more healthy alternative to cookies.  It is the most delicious when made with fresh, local zucchini, for which the season begins shortly.  Plus, these loaves freeze beautifully, so you can put one in the freezer for later.

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Skillet Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken
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So much cheese. So much CHEESE! This is like Chicken Parmigiana – inside out. Because it’s stuffed with cheese and tomato and…cheese.
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  1. 5 boneless, skinless chicken thigh fillets (or cutlets)
  2. Salt to season
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. ½ teaspoon salt
  6. ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  7. ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  8. 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  9. 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  10. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  11. 5 tablespoons garlic and herb flavoured tomato paste (or flavour of choice)
  12. 2 teaspoons dried parsley (optional)
  13. 2 teaspoons garlic powder (Extra)
  14. 2 teaspoons vegetable stock powder, divided (or extra salt)
  15. 10 thin slices Mozzarella cheese
  16. 1 bottle Pasta/Marinara Sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 230C | 450F. Lightly pound fillets between sheets of parchment/baking paper to ¼-inch thickness using a mallet. Pat chicken dry; season with salt.
  2. In a shallow medium-sized bowl, whisk the the egg, garlic powder and salt together. Set aside. In a separate shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, panko, basil and parmesan cheese.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon tomato paste over one side of each fillet; top with parsley, garlic powder and vegetable stock powder; place one slice of mozzarella onto each half of a fillet; roll each fillet (starting from the cheese end) and place seam side down. (Seal with a toothpick if needed).
  4. Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet (or oven-proof frying pan) over medium heat. Evenly coat the rolled chicken fillets into the egg mixture, then into the breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Place the chicken (seam side down again) into the preheated skillet/pan and cook on each side for 4-5 minutes until the coating is golden brown and the cheese on the inside has melted.
  6. Reduce heat to low and pour in the pasta sauce. Move the chicken around with tongs so the sauce is evenly covered over the base of the pan; allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  7. Pour some sauce from the pan over each chicken; place skillet/pan in the oven to cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven; top each chicken roll with remaining cheese slices; return to oven and allow to grill/broil on medium heat until cheese has melted over the top. Garnish with extra dried parsley and Italian herbs.
  8. Serve warm over pasta; mashed potatoes or with a salad.

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