This stuffed chicken breast gives a good spin to your basic chicken recipe. They are easily cut ‘hasselback style’ then stuffed with creamy cheese + nutritious spinach and served with caramelized onions and mushrooms for the ultimate healthy dinner!
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 45 min Total Servings: 4 servings
4 Chicken Breasts (about 4-6 ounces each)
2 tablespoons Olive oil, divided
4 cups Spinach
½ tsp Garlic powder
2 oz Goat cheese
1 White onion, sliced
8 oz sliced Baby Bellaf mushrooms
1 tsp fresh or dry Thyme
1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Freshly ground salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Use a sharp knife to hasselback each chicken breast and cut 6 slits into the top of each breast, making sure you don’t cut all the way through to the bottom of the chicken breast. Drizzle each chicken breast with a little olive oil then season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Place a large ovenproof skillet* over medium high heat and add in ½ tablespoon of olive oil. Add in spinach and season with garlic powder. Cook, stirring occasionally until spinach is fully wilted.
Transfer cooked spinach to a medium bowl and add in goat cheese. Stir until well combined. Stuff each slit with the spinach/goat cheese mixture.
Next add a 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the same skillet. Add in sliced onions, mushrooms, fresh thyme, optional balsamic vinegar and season with a little salt and pepper. Sauté until onions begin to caramelize and mushrooms turn golden brown. Make room for the chicken by moving the mushrooms and onions to the sides of the skillet.
Add chicken to the skillet, making sure there is a little bit of room between each chicken breast; you may need to rearrange the mushrooms and onions. If you are using a non-ovenproof skillet, transfer the ingredients into a cooking sheet.
Transfer to oven and bake for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.
*Note: If you don't have an ovenproof skillet, just use your daily skillet. Afterwards, you'll transfer everything into a cooking skeet.