Spinach and Basil stuffed Chicken

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This recipe has become one of my favorites! It is easy to prepare and is extremely healthy. I have been cooking a lot of chicken lately and find this one to be extra moist and flavorful (with little fat or calories).

I cooked this last night with the help of my boyfriend. I prepare the filling while he was in charge of cooking the chicken. I paired this dish with couscous and chopped tomatoes.

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Spinach and Basil stuffed Chicken


Yields 4 servings \ Prep time 10 minutes \ Cooked time 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup Gruyere cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Using a sharp knife, cut each chicken breast in half horizontally through the thickest portion, to the opposite side. You should make this into a pocket large enough to hold the spinach filling. Do Not cut all the way through! Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.

2. In a small food processor combine the spinach, basil and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and process until well mixed. Spread mixture into the filling of the chicken breasts.

3. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken in hot skillet for 4-5 minutes or until brown, turning once. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with quinoa and diced tomatoes. Enjoy :)

 

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6 Comments

  1. Lori on June 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Wonderful combination of flavors!

  2. Less to More on June 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Looks delicious! I want to give it a try. I always seem to have a hard time with chicken breasts, though. I tend to overcook them most of the time

    • April Murray on June 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      lately I’ve been having a lot more success! I cover plain chicken breasts in foil, and in this recipe I think the filling keeps the chicken really moist!

  3. Nika Joon on June 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Mmm this combination sounds divine!

  4. The Little Slice on July 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

    This looks delicious!

  5. milkandbun on October 2, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Wonderful combination of food and colors! :)

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