One pot dishes are a great way to save time and get a full balance of protein and vegetables. This Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken = 30 minute hassle-free dish prepared baked or grilled!
A few weeks ago it was 5:00 when we finally got home from running errands and soccer practice. Kris was just walking in the door and (silly me) had no dinner plans ready! To make the moment even more spectacular it was witching hour. So let me just just say the meltdowns the kids were having made it almost impossible to deal with dinner. And I especially was not even thinking about preparing a spinach and goat cheese stuffed chicken dish yet. I was about to just throw the boys back in the car and head to the taco shop for an easy dinner with no clean-up. All that goes threw my mind at that point (without grabbing pre-made frozen Costco meals) is what can we make in 30 minutes or less?!?
We had chicken, we had frozen spinach and we had goat cheese. Both boys love goat cheese so I knew they would probably like this dish. We consume dairy pretty sparingly in our house since many conventional farmers add rBGH (growth hormones) to the cows. Goat cheese is a great source of calcium and protein while being low calorie and tastes so decadent and creamy with spinach.
The result is the most delicious spinach and goat cheese stuffed chicken recipe! Sorry the pictures are not the best. I was quickly taking shots in the evening as we were making it and the wolves (oh, I mean kids) needed feeding. This really is a simple healthy well balance boneless chicken breast recipes to put together. We grill ours, but it can also be made as a baked chicken recipe. I also served it with sauteed onions and mushrooms that were sauteed in soy sauce. If you want to try that with the dish, chop about 1/2 red onion and about 3 cups sliced mushrooms. Sautee on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes with 1 minced garlic clove, salt, pepper, dash of sugar and half a cup of low sodium soy sauce.
STEP 1: Tenderize The Chicken Meat
A great way to ensure the meat is thoroughly cooked (and makes the meat even more tender) is by tenderizing the meat before you stuff and bake it. Place the chicken in a large Zip-lock bag or between two sheets of wax paper. Give it a few good wacks until it is is thin, flat and even. If you don't have a meat tenderizer, you can find one on Amazon Prime with free shipping!
STEP 2: Slice And Stuff Chicken
Take your chicken out of the Ziplock bag and slice horizontally but not fully in half. You want one side to still remain intact so if you were to open the chicken it would be in the shape of a heart.
Make the stuffing. Stuff about half the filing into each piece of chicken and tie together with kitchen twine or toothpicks and place in a prepared 8×8 baking dish.
STEP 3: Bake or Grill Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Bake or grill and serve immediately.
I love this one for the kids because they are not shy to eat the spinach and goat cheese filling. You can serve it with some freshly sliced tomatoes or red peppers for a colorful dish!
Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees or for grilling method, preheat the grill on medium-high. Thaw spinach by placing on low heat on the stove top to heat slightly.
- While spinach is thawing, make cutlets by placing chicken breasts in a Ziplock bag. Pound with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin until the slices are evenly laying flat and thin about 1/2 inch thick.
- Remove from bag and slice horizontally half width wise. It should still be attached on one side and if laying open and flat looks like a heart shape.
- In a small bowl combine spinach, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and goat cheese. Mix well.
- Stuff each chicken breast with goat cheese and chopped spinach mixture. If it is hard to handle you can tie the chicken breasts together with butchers twine.
- Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Add both chicken breasts to the pan and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. If chicken breast are really large you may need to cook 5 minutes longer. OR IF GRILLING: place stuffed chicken breasts on aluminum foil and shape into boats. Grill about 7-8 minutes each side. Remove from foil and grill about 1 minute each side if needed.
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