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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Jenny's Feta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Chicken breasts stuffed with feta and spinach are a perfect dinner entree and they are easier to make than you'd think.  Company will be impressed, but they are quick enough to make for a family dinner as well.

close up of a chicken breast stuffed with creamy feta, spinach and green onion filling


       This recipe is a versatile one.  It definitely looks and tastes impressive enough for guests, but it is deceptively easy.  The chicken breasts are super tender and the feta and spinach filling is full of flavor.  You are sure to win over even the pickiest of eaters. So add the ingredients to your grocery list today so you can give it a try for yourself!


   This is a good one!  It looks like it took some time and effort, but was really easy to make after work.

     A skillet that can go from the stove to the oven is the only equipment you need.  There are several different types of skillets that can perform this function.

bowls filled with the ingredients for feta and spinach stuffed chicken breasts


   Cast iron, stainless steel or most skillets that have a metal handle rather than a plastic one will do.  You'll want the pan to be oven safe to 450 F.

    If you aren't sure, you can always look up your specific pan on the internet to see how high it is oven safe too. In a pinch you can always transfer the chicken breasts from a skillet to a baking dish, but it is much easier to no have to do that!

    Otherwise just invest in a big cast iron skillet.  They don't cost too much and you can use it for so many things from frying to baking and even on the grill.

4 large feta and spinach stuffed chicken breasts in a 12 inch cast iron skillet


    When my Aunt Jenny gave me the recipe, she said that her step-son Andrew doesn't like feta or spinach.  He came back for seconds anyway.

    I like feta and spinach, so I knew I would love it.  Of course I was hooked after one bite!

    I knew my husband would love it as well, but I wasn't so sure about Little Dude.  When I first made and posted the recipe in 2015 he was just a toddler.

two golden chicken breasts stuffed full of creamy spinach and feta mixture with extra spinach leaves nearby


    Luckily he has always liked it too.  We have all been enjoying this meal for the last five years.

     So I thought it was high time I came back and spiffed up this post so more people could enjoy the recipe as much as we have!

   This recipe makes a lot of stuffing.  You could easily divide it among a few more chicken breasts if you would like.

   I overstuffed my chicken, it would have been really tasty with half as much.  But if some is good, more is better, right?!  Nobody complained!

close up of chicken breasts over stuffed with creamy spinach and feta cheese mixture with green onions nearby


    2016 Update: Over a year and a half and hundreds of recipes later, this is still one of my husband's favorites.  He was really excited to see it was on the menu.

   He ate all of his and then ate what was left of Little Dude's.  It was a good thing mine was gone by that time or he might have come after it as well!

     2019 Update: This recipe still ticks the boxes for all of us. I am still shocked at how quickly it comes together and we all gobble them right up.

     As much as we love this recipe, I really should come up with more stuffed chicken recipes.  Do you have a favorite filling for chicken?  Tell me about it in the comments or on social media so I can give your ideas a try.

     Though this is my only stuffed chicken recipe for the time being, I did go through a stuffed pork phase a while back. If you like this recipe you may also like Parmesan and spinach stuffed pork loin or apple stuffed pork loin.

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stuffed chicken breasts, 30 minute meal, chicken dinner recipes, easy dinner recipe
dinner
American
Yield: 5 servings
Author:

Jenny

Jenny's Feta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Chicken breasts stuffed with feta and spinach are a perfect dinner entree and they are easier to make than you'd think. Company will be impressed, but they are quick enough to make for a family dinner as well.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 30 M

ingredients:

  • 1 4 ounce package of crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup thawed chopped spinach, squeezed dry (I used fresh and it turned out great!)
  • 3 Tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Cavenders (an all purpose Greek seasoning found in the spice aisle) & pepper to taste

instructions:

How to cook Jenny's Feta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F
  2. In a bowl, mix feta, spinach, cream cheese, scallions and garlic
  3. Cut chicken breasts about 3/4 of the way through across the equator and fill with the mixture
  4. Sprinkle chicken with Cavenders and pepper
  5. In cast iron skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat.
  6. Brown chicken on stove top for 4 minutes per side
  7. Transfer skillet to oven and bake 5-7 minutes

NOTES:

It is tempting to season with salt as you go, but DON'T! The feta is pretty salty and there is some in the Cavender's. It wouldn't take much to push it over the edge!
Calories
346.45
Fat (grams)
19.62
Sat. Fat (grams)
7.24
Carbs (grams)
3.10
Fiber (grams)
0.70
Net carbs
2.40
Sugar (grams)
1.44
Protein (grams)
37.97
Sodium (milligrams)
326.95
Cholesterol (grams)
120.09

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Chicken breasts stuffed with feta and spinach are a perfect dinner entree and they are easier to make than you'd think.  Company will be impressed, but they are quick enough to make for a family dinner as well.



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18 comments:

  1. There is also a salt-free Cavenders. I love it so I can control the salt in a recipe.

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  2. Looks delish! Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday.

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  3. That looks so good! Love Cavenders!!

    Mollie

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    1. My family went through a phase where it was THE seasoning. We still use it quite a bit, but have branched out a bit over the years ;-)

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    1. Mine does! It is one of those recipes that puts a smile on his face as soon as he realized that's what we're having! Thanks, Jamie!

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  5. I'm with you, I love spinach and feta. This sounds delicious! I laughed about your husband coming after your plate, mine does the same thing with several dishes. And if we had kids, he'd probably go after their's too! 😂

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    1. No plate is safe if it's within arm's reach! Thanks, Jessica!

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  6. Love the way that filling is all but bursting out!! What's with this less is more stuff anyway?!

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    1. I know, right? What does that even mean anyway ;-) Thanks, Mollie!

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  7. Spinach, chicken and feta. Just makes your mouth water thinking about it! Looks amazing?

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  8. I have been looking for fresh new ways to make chicken, and this looks and sounds divine! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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    1. It is so good and so much easier than you'd think!

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  9. This chicken looks amazing! My husband will love it!!

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  10. Stuffed chicken is a great idea, and this one looks fabulous. I'm pretty sure that my family is going to love this!

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