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Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

3/26/2014, 3:13 p.m.
Servings 6

Servings 6

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
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (4 oz)
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 oz each)
  • ½ 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.