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Goat Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken

This spinach-stuffed chicken breast recipe is special to me because it has so much flavor, yet not too many calories. I love Italian food, but most of the time it is too heavy. This is a healthy twist on an Italian dish! —Nicole Stevens, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 cup julienned soft sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • Aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In small bowl, combine the spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • Cut a pocket horizontally in the thickest part of each chicken breast. Fill with spinach mixture; secure with toothpicks.
  • In an 8-in. cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, heat 1-1/2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on each side. Place in oven; bake 10 minutes.
  • Toss asparagus with remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; add to skillet. Bake until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165° and asparagus is tender, 10-15 minutes longer. If desired, drizzle with vinegar. Discard toothpicks before serving.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with soft sun-dried tomatoes that do not need to be softened in hot water.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed chicken breast: 347 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 532mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 39g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 7 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • Alison
    Apr 8, 2020

    Spectacular! 10/10. This is a new favorite recipe for special occasions. We served it with some rice as well. All I could find were smoked julienned sun-dried tomatoes but the smoked flavor worked really well with the asparagus and goat cheese. I doubled the recipe and ended up having more than enough filling for 6 chicken breasts that were each about 5 oz. All of the cooking times were spot-on.