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Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Recipe

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Recipe

A mixture of spinach, spices and three kinds of cheese tucked into these chicken breasts makes them taste extra special. "They bake to a beautiful golden brown, so they look lovely on the plate, too," shares Barbara Eitemiller of Churchville, Maryland.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Additional paprika, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, cheeses, onion, garlic, salt, nutmeg and pepper. Carefully loosen the skin on one side of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Stuff each breast with 1/2 cup spinach mixture.
  • 2. Place chicken skin side up in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Combine the oil, paprika, oregano and thyme; brush over chicken. Sprinkle with additional paprika if desired.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into the breast meat reads 170° and juices run clear. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed chicken breast half equals 461 calories, 24 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 144 mg cholesterol, 430 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 53 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.