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Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast


Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 cups baby spinach

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp lemon zest

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Butterfly the chicken breasts by slicing them horizontally to create a pocket. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

  3. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

  4. Add the baby spinach and cook until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.

  5. Stir in the feta cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Cook for 1 more minute.

  6. Stuff each chicken breast with the spinach and feta mixture and secure it with toothpicks.

  7. Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

  8. Bake the chicken for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.


This recipe is a great way to dress up a simple chicken breast, by stuffing it with a flavourful spinach and feta mixture. Spinach is a great source of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A and iron, while feta adds a tangy and salty taste. This dish is both delicious and nutritious and can be enjoyed as a main course for dinner or lunch.


You could try different fillings, like sautéed mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese or you could even use ground chicken and make chicken meatballs with spinach and feta stuffing.



This recipe for chicken with spinach and feta is a good source of several micronutrients, including:

  • Chicken Breasts: Protein, Vitamin B3 and B6, Phosphorus

  • Salt and Pepper: provide flavour and don't contribute to the micronutrient content of the dish

  • Baby Spinach: Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and folic acid

  • Feta Cheese: calcium, phosphorus and B vitamins

  • Garlic: Vitamin C, B6 and Manganese

  • Olive Oil: monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and antioxidants

  • Lemon Zest: Vitamin C and antioxidants

  • Lemon Juice: Vitamin C


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