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Spinach & Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Serves four.

The rich, sharp flavor of goat cheese blends perfectly with the sweet richness of shallots.

For the filling:
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped shallots (6 to 8 medium shallots)
  • 8 oz. fresh spinach, stemmed and chopped (7 lightly packed cups)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3-1/2 oz. fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
For the chicken:
  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (8 to 9 oz. each)
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
Make the filling:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium to medium low heat. Add the shallots and cook slowly until softened and aromatic, 8 to 10 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and add the spinach (in batches, if necessary) and wine. Cook, stirring frequently, until the spinach is wilted and all the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the goat cheese, salt, and pepper. Let cool to room temperature.

Stuff and cook the chicken:

If the chicken breasts have tenderloins, remove them. Trim, rinse, and pat the breasts dry.

Make a pocket on the thicker side of each breast. Using a sharp boning or utility knife, cut into the breast about 1/2 inch from one end. Create a pocket, slicing to within about 1/4 inch of the other side.

Spinach & Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipe

Stuff each breast with about one-quarter of the filling, distributing it evenly throughout the pocket and to the ends. Press on the top of each breast to close the pocket.

Line up three wide shallow dishes. Fill the first with the flour. In the second, whisk the eggs. In the third, toss the breadcrumbs with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper.

Season the breasts generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge one breast well in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip it into the eggs, turning to coat evenly, and then dredge it in the breadcrumbs, pressing to make the crumbs adhere evenly. Gently shake off any excess. Set on a plate and repeat with the other breasts. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes and up to 3 hours to let the breading set. Discard any leftover flour, egg, or crumbs.

Heat the oven to 350°F. Heat the oil in a heavy 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot, carefully add two of the breasts to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. If the oil seems to get too hot, reduce the heat to medium. Transfer the breasts to a baking sheet. Repeat with the other two breasts.

Bake until the chicken and filling reach 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Make Ahead Tips

The filling can be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with roasted, herbed red potatoes.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 760; Fat (g): 41; Fat Calories (kcal): 360; Saturated Fat (g): 11; Protein (g): 60; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 23; Carbohydrates (g): 34; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 6; Sodium (mg): 1170; Cholesterol (mg): 250; Fiber (g): 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I made this dish for our Sunday's family dinner. It was a hit even though I made a few errors.

I modify this recipe simply because my husband doesn't eat carbs. It typically takes me an hour to get this on the table, and it's amazing every time. I always use the full cup of shallots. I only use 6oz. of spinach because that's the organic bag they sell at Trader Joe's. I use 5 oz. of goat cheese. I split each breast and pound them out a little, and then I roll them with prosciutto on the outside. I grill them for about 25 minutes and voila..great dinner. No frying pan mess. No carbs. Kids (5-year old boys) LOVE it (one picky, one not picky eater). Serve it with a salad and shallot green beans. Can't go wrong.

Great recipe! It did take a little long to prepare the dish but well worth the time. I substituted the goat cheese with feta cheese and the chicken was delicious. I served it with baked potato and it was so good. Recipe was very easy to follow. I would definately make this again and I would recommend it!!

Great recipe! It did take a little long to prepare the dish but well worth the time. I substituted the goat cheese with feta cheese and the chicken was delicious. I served it with baked potato and it was so good. Recipe was very easy to follow. I would definately make this again and I would recommend it!!

My favorite chicken dish. Super tasty and easy to prepare ahead of time for a crowd.

Very very tasty. Takes a bit of time to prep but that can be done ahead. It would be good company meal. I had extra filling so I baked it along side the chicken. Needed almost double the bread crumbs and could have used only 1 egg. Definitely a keeper.

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