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Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 6
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Stuffed chicken breasts are a great way to make your chicken dinner fun again. Served on a bed of rice or with a side of vegetables, they make an easy weeknight dinner that comes together in a flash. These Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts don’t skimp on flavor – they’re also filled with bacon, onion, and cheese, and seasoned with garlic, thyme and pepper. The best part? They’re ready to eat in under an hour.

Ingredients

4
slices bacon, chopped
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
box (9 oz) frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1
egg, slightly beaten
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1
cup shredded Italian cheese blend (4 oz)
6
boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 oz each)
1/2
teaspoon pepper
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
Hot cooked rice or rice pilaf, if desired

Directions

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, reserving fat in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside.
  • 2 In same skillet, cook onion and garlic in bacon fat over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is tender. Remove skillet from heat; set aside. In medium bowl, mix spinach, egg, thyme and cheese. Stir in onion mixture and bacon.
  • 3 In thick side of each chicken breast, cut 3-inch-long pocket to within 1/4 inch of opposite side of breast. Spoon about 1/4 cup spinach mixture into pocket in each chicken breast. Sprinkle pepper over chicken.
  • 4 In same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook uncovered 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until light brown on all sides. Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook 10 to 20 minutes longer, turning if necessary, until chicken is no longer pink in center (170°F). Serve immediately with rice.

Expert Tips

No thyme in your cupboard? Basil makes a good stand-in with a little different flavor.

Prepare chicken breasts up to a day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Bake just before serving.

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