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Makeover Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets Recipe
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Makeover Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets Recipe

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For an easy, upscale chicken dish, you'll love these spinach-stuffed chicken breasts. You can also double the recipe without much effort. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat garlic-herb spreadable cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs, divided
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed chicken breast half equals 332 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 112 mg cholesterol, 459 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 41 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat. Add spinach; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until wilted. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat. Stir in spreadable cheese, 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning and 1/3 cup bread crumbs.
  2. Cut a pocket horizontally in the thickest part of each chicken breast. Fill with spinach mixture; secure with toothpicks.
  3. In a shallow bowl, toss remaining bread crumbs with salt, pepper and remaining Italian seasoning. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk egg white and water. Dip both sides of chicken in egg white mixture, then in crumb mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
  4. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on each side. Place in oven; bake 15-18 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. Discard toothpicks before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2014

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed chicken breast half equals 332 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 112 mg cholesterol, 459 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 41 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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