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Spinach-Stuffed Chicken

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
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup 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


  • 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.
  • Place chicken skin side up in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Combine the oil, paprika, oregano and thyme; brush over chicken. Sprinkle with additional paprika if desired.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted into the breast meat reads 170° and juices run clear.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 461 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 144mg cholesterol, 430mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 53g protein.

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  • dreacobb
    Aug 5, 2013

    This is one of my favorite chicken recipes that I have tried from this cookbook so far. I substituted mozzarella cheese for the Swiss, and I omitted the ricotta. I also added diced mushrooms. I will definitely keep this recipe.

  • jennyweems
    Nov 30, 2012

    This was dinner tonight... MMMmmm good! I used 4 skin-on, bone-in thighs and 3 skin-on, bone-in breasts. It was DELICIOSO! I served it with garlic-onion bow-tie pasta (I sauteed fresh garlic cloves with fineley diced onion and simmered it in olive oil. Then tossed bow-tie pasta & grated parm til pasta was coated... mmmmm) and canned asparagus. It was another thumbs up meal! I used 1 tsp italian seasoning instead of 1/2 oregano, 1/2 thyme b/c I didn't have thyme. I hope you all enjoy! I know we did!

  • daisey5
    Feb 4, 2010

    I change the recipe to eliminate the fat. I used skinless boneless chicken so I flatened them out and put the spinach on them and rolled them up and then baked them.