Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What's for Dinner? Stuffed Chicken Breasts Mediterranean Style

This was a last minute idea to make use of some defrosted frozen spinach I had in the fridge.

Stuffed chicken breasts are always elegant, yet easy.
The hard part is keeping the little packages closed so the stuffing doesn't ooze out.

I recommend flattening the cutlets. Either with a meat mallet or with your hands, by working them up thru the muscle so they get nice and thin for rolling.

Make a stuffing with anything you have (any cheese, herbs or vegetables).

Last night I used:

10 oz. package of defrosted frozen spinach, water squeezed out
1/4 cup of feta cheese
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
kosher salt & pepper
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp oregano leaves (because I had them in the garden)

1 package of chicken breasts (this makes enough stuffing for 6 breasts)
1 slice of prosciutto or speck for each breast

In a small skillet, cook the onion and garlic in some olive oil until translucent.
Add the onions along with all of the ingredients in a bowl. This is your stuffing.

Now comes the fun part.

Season the chicken breasts w/ kosher salt & pepper.

Spread the chicken breasts (your hands are going to get dirty) on a plastic wrap lined cutting board and spoon some of the filling down the center of the chicken breast.

Fold or roll as best you can and set aside.
Do this with each of the breasts.

Carefully wrap a prosciutto slice around each stuffed breast. You can secure it with a toothpick if you like, or just wing it.

Once you have all the chicken breasts wrapped, place them in a large oven proof skillet with some oil and cook on the high heat on the stove for 4 minutes.

Flip carefully with a flat fish spatula and cook the other side for 4 minutes.

Place in a 375F oven for 20 minutes (make sure your skillet is ovenproof).

Remove the rolls and let rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes.
Now you are ready to slice them in half or cut into roulades. Serve over rice if you like.

These were really easy and delicious.


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Ciao Chow Linda said...

yum. you came up with one delicious last-minute meal.

Anonymous said...

Love your recipe. Would you mind if I included it with the recipes on mydish.co.uk?. They always love more chicken recipes ! :)

Stacey Snacks said...

Please feel free to include the recipe on mydish.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Love the prosciutto on the outside. This is a good way to get the veggies in.

My goal is to do what they did in Italy and stuff the chicken with egg. That is going to be quite a challenge.

Proud Italian Cook said...

You're a cooking machine, you're amazing! Looks very pretty!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Such yummy food. Since I started my new hobby (mosaics), poor hubby is doing a lot of the cooking.

Patsyk said...

I love stuffed chicken breasts, but always have a hard time figuring out how to tell when they are done! I'm going to follow your guidelines here and give it another try. :)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Stacey - Had lunch at the Black Bass Inn today on the Delaware and guess what was on the menu? Chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and feta and wrapped in prosciutto! You could be their menu advisor.

Joanne said...

That stuffing is a beautiful, beautiful thing!

Rosemary said...

Simple. (Pretty) easy. Perfect. But I just know I'd lose some of my filling!

oui Chef said...

A great use of leftovers, and so pretty!

Tharinda said...

Great job dear i tried some of them it is nice thanks