4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds), trimmed and tenders removed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Note)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or thyme
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup chopped ham (about 1 ounce)
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt. Combine cheese and cream
cheese in a bowl. Combine the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper with breadcrumbs,
parsley (or thyme) and 2 teaspoons oil in another bowl.
3. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large, ovenproof nonstick skillet over
medium heat. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per
side. Move the chicken to the center so all pieces are touching. Spread with the
cheese mixture, sprinkle with ham, then top with the breadcrumb mixture.
4. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and an instant-read
thermometer registers 165°F, 5 to 7 minutes.