Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

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.

Expert Tips

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

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
300
(
Calories from Fat
150),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
17%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
125mg
125%;
Sodium
390mg
390%;
Total Carbohydrate
4g
4%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
34g
34%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
10%;
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.