Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chicken stuffed with Spinach, Feta & Pine Nuts

My husband and I have loved all of the stuffed chicken recipes we've tried. That is the reason this recipe caught my eye and made it on the list for the week. Now this recipe was easy to make but was not my favorite stuffed chicken recipe. If I made it again, I would season the chicken and coat it in Panko crumbs. i would also use a little more feta too. I used a thin piece of chicken and folded/ rolled it to cook, instead of making a pocket. I don't think it made a difference. If you like spinach and feta, give this recipe a try!

5 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Heat a large nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, tossing constantly. Place spinach in a colander; press until barely moist. Wipe pan clean.

3. Combine spinach, cheese, nuts, thyme, juice, and garlic. Cut a horizontal slit through the thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff 3 tablespoons filling into each pocket. Seal with wooden picks. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

4. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until brown. Add broth, and cover pan. Place pan in oven. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until done.

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