Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spinach Stuffed Chicken

I love when I can get my protein and veggies in one dish. One stop cooking is ideal some days. The versatility of this recipe is that you can change up the cheese or seasoning to tailor the dish to your tastes.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Spinach Stuffed Chicken
by JennyMac Lipsmack

olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped or 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced (make two piles: 2/3 and 1/3)
10 ounces boxed spinach, thawed
1/2 cup cheese (feta, monterry jack, cheddar, swiss -your preference)
salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbsp. butter
1 cup breadcrumbs (italian, plain, panko, cracker- whatever you have on hand)
1 tsp. oregano (basil, rosemary, sage- whatever floats your boat)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast (split in half lengthwise)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in small pan on medium heat. Add the onion and 2/3 of the reserved garlic, cook until softened 3-4 minutes. Place cooled onions in bowl with thawed spinach, cheese and season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in pan used for onions, turn off heat and add crumbs, herbs and remaining garlic. Toss around to mix herbs, crumb and butter.

Drizzle a baking dish with another 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Split each chicken breast lengthwise but not all the way (like a book). Stuff with spinach and cheese mixture, letting the stuffing overflow at the edges. Place the chicken pieces in the baking dish and top with breadcrumbs. Bake until juices run clear or internal temperature is 165 degrees or about 20 minutes.

Serves 4.

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Serve with a some bread and a leafy salad and you are good. This was delicious. I can't wait for the leftovers tomorrow!

Go stuff yourself!


Bella said...

OMG, this looks absolutely delicious! I've already made my ingredient list and thanks to you, I don't have to wonder what's for dinner tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

Meaghan Luby said...

i found dinner! yummm, thanks so much for posting, this looks too good/easy to be true! and as a clumsy cook, i can't express enough how big a fan i am of easy! spinach and chicken is always a great combination, yummmmmmm

thanks again for posting!
@ http://www.clutzycooking.blogspot.com

JennyMac said...

Hey Guys-

My first comment Bella emailed me this:

Hello Jenny! I was so impressed with your spinach stuffed chicken recipe that I had to make it. I have included your link on my blog. Could you please have a look and see if this meets with your approval? It was delicious! If you'd like me to change anything concerning the way my blog post links back to your recipe, please contact me and let me know. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!

My blog's name is One Sister's Rant : http://gypsyroxylee.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

Wow! I made this for dinner last night and my husband loved it! This is a keeper!
However, I have one question that stumped me. Where do you add the cheese? There is cheese in the ingredient list, but the only time cheese is mentioned in the directions is when the "cheese mixture" is added. It looks like there is cheese in the spinach mixture so my assumption was that the spinach mixture and cheese mixture are one, a spinach/cheese mixture, is that right? Please help!

Jenny MacKinnell said...

Thank you for pointing out my mistake. If you printed this out you will need to do it again for I corrected it. Eagle-eyed followers like you keep us bloggers on our toes. Thanks muchly, ENJOY!

Anonymous said...

My sister and I made this for supper tonight and it turned out great! We were a bit shy on crust ingredients so I used crushed Ritz crackers instead. Delicious!