Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Marry chicken breasts with spinach for a dinner that caters to company.

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Total Time

55

Minutes

Makes

6

servings

4
slices bacon, chopped
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant® 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
  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.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Substitution
No thyme in your cupboard? Basil makes a good stand-in with a little different flavor.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 300
    • (Calories from Fat 150),
  • Total Fat 17g
    • (Saturated Fat 6g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 125mg;
  • Sodium 390mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 4g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 1g),
  • Protein 34g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 3 1/2 Lean Meat;
    • 1 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 0;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.