Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Most fine restaurants are closed on Mondays.  I think it's a good idea.  Our kitchen, however, was in full swing at the dinner hour.  Andrew, continuing his hunting and gathering (at Whole Foods) had brought home a few nice chicken breasts and a desire to use a few recipes he had clipped from the local Post-Tribune recently.  Nevermind the shelves are filled with cookbooks and cooking magazines at his disposal, he has started a "retirement" cooking file from the two newspapers he reads daily.  So far his choices have been great.  Even greater--he likes me out of the kitchen when he's in the kitchen!!

Back to dinner.  It was delicious.  It was an hour late.  I need to haul out my culinary teaching skills and help him understand that only one component in every meal needs to be amazing and time consuming.  The sides can be simple and delicious.  We are going to work on that--maybe.

Oh, and I'm going to continue working on my camera skills.  Even for the time of year, the autumn hues in this photo are a little over the top.  So was the food!



Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Creamed Spinach and Andrew's Own Mashed Potatoes


Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

1 1/2 tbps olive oil, divided
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 tsp Italian seasoning (this caused some discussion but ended up being oregano and thyme)
1 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 ounce crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chopped flat-leafed parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 large egg whites

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Saute the onion and garlic in one tbsp olive oil over medium heat until translucent--5 to 7 minutes.  Add the spinach and Italian seasoning then cook until all the liquid has evaporated.  Mix in both cheeses.  Set aside.

Make a horizontal slit along one side of each chicken breast to form a pocket without cutting all the way through.  Place 1/4 of the cheese mixture into each breast and press the meat together over it.

In a shallow dish, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper.  In another dish, place the lightly beaten egg whites.

Hold the stuffed breasts tightly together and dip them, one at a time, first into the egg whites and then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture.  Set them aside.

In a large ovenproof skillet over high heat, heat the remaining 1/2 tbsp oil (add more if necessary).  When hot, add the chicken breasts and brown on one side--about 2 minutes.  Turn the breasts over and place skillet in preheated oven.  Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center--about 20 minutes.

ENJOY!

26 comments:

  1. You are right--taking photos at this time of year is a daunting task! It looks like a fabulous dinner--even an hour late.

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  2. How delicious! Lucky for you that your hubby likes to cook too.

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  3. I've found some of my favorite recipes in the food section of our local paper. I agree that the change in natural light is taking some getting used to.

    I think it's great that your hubby enjoys spending time in the kitchen. Lucky you.

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  4. Those look wonderful and sound yummy!

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  5. Yummy! Now if I could get my husband to do that, life would be perfect! Carla

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  6. Oh wow - this takes boring weeknight chicken to an all new level. I love it!

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  7. The chicken breast is not as hard as I thought it would be at first. Now could you please hand me some through the screen? I can hear it sizzling and smell the cheese and bacon!! Why would you ever cook again with a husband like this?? Well, maybe once in a while for occasional amusement.

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  8. It is a difficult time of year to take photographs (unless you want to eat dinner at noon!).

    The recipe speaks for itself, though - it sounds wonderful!

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  9. Mmm that cheesy stuffed chicken is just what my body is craving right now. Love it. I bet it tastes even better since you got to sit back and relax while it was being made!

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  10. These would be so welcome at my dinner table right now. Note to self....never blog on an empty tummy.

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  11. My hubby loves to cook --and he's truly a much better cook than I am... We had a similar dinner last night. George fixed a spinach/shrimp/turkey dish --using cream cheese and other things... VERY good...

    Yours sounds wonderful though. We eat alot of chicken.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. I love it when I read through the ingredients in a recipe and realize I have everything I need to make it. :) This chicken looks really good!

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  13. My oh my...could this sound or look any better? I think fall is a hard time to photograph too. Thank you for sharing this. I adore stuffed chicken breasts. Have a beautiful Wednesday full of laughter and love!

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  14. Oh my,, sounds delicious to me and even better than that is the comment, he likes me out of the kitchen. I want to hear that, EVERY night. a cooking husband. you are BLESSED

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  15. These look and sound delicious. How nice to have an assistant in the kitchen. Especially when he can produce something as delicious as this. I hope all is well. Blessings...Mary

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  16. The stuffed chicken breast sounds delightful. My kind of meal, especially the mash.

    Gotta get that cooking time straight.

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  17. Keeping this one. Love anything stuffed and this one sounds and looks fantastic.
    I buy spinach every week and love to find a special way of serving.
    Thank you.
    Rita

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  18. This is my sort of hearty autumn meal. I love that he needs to learn that only one component of the meal needs to be amazing. And you ate an hour late. (All right, I've done that - mis-timed with new recipes). Luscious stuffed chicken - it would draw me to your table.

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  19. Just found your blog!! Can't wait to look around... this chicken look DELISH!
    -Mini Baker

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  20. I bought some Italian Seasoning ...it's by McCormick.. and here is the ingredient list...

    Marjoram,Thyme, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Oregano, Basil.

    Your hubby sounds like my guy...and I always find it tough to butt out when he is in my kitchen.. however, it is wonderful when somebody else makes meals once in a while isn't it?

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  21. Oh Bonnie...you are speaking to my tummy strings! Not one, but three incredibly tasty cheeses all stuffed for one great bite of heaven ;O) Well done!

    My Hubby loves being in the kitchen cooking too...although, hovering with excitement over my shoulder is what he does best. LOL

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  22. Holy moly, that looks good! Don't complain about it being an hour late. I would give my left foot for my husband to cook dinner for me. We're years late on that one. ha!

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  23. This looks definitely a winner recipe! This is perhaps one of the best chicken breast recipes I would want to try, especially this coming weekend. Thanks a bunch for the recipe.

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  24. This looks definitely a winner recipe! This is perhaps one of the best chicken breast recipes I would want to try, especially this coming weekend. Thanks a bunch for the recipe.

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