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Chicken Breasts With Stuffed Spinach and Goat Cheese

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 9:05 AM
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In addition to being easy to cook, chicken is complementary to virtually any ingredient and makes for healthful, appetizing meals that the whole family can enjoy. Here is a delicious South Beach Diet-friendly chicken recipe that is sure to become a family favorite.

Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Spinach and Goat Cheese (Phase 1)

Description
This creamy, garlic-filled chicken is perfect for entertaining. Stuff the chicken ahead of time and dinner will cook up in minutes. If you don't have an ovenproof skillet (one with a heatproof handle made from stainless steel, cast iron, or aluminum), transfer the chicken to a baking dish before baking. When removing an ovenproof skillet from the oven, remember that the handle is extremely hot. Be sure to use a thick pot holder and leave it over the handle once the pan is removed from the oven so that others know not to touch.

Prep time:15 minutes
Cook time:15 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (1/2 pound) bunch spinach, tough stems removed
4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 ounces low-fat goat cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Special equipment
Wooden toothpicks

Instructions
Heat oven to 400°F.

Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in spinach and cook, stirring constantly, until spinach is wilted and liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Season the spinach well with salt and pepper and transfer to a plate. Wipe skillet dry with paper towels.

Beginning at the thickest end of 1 chicken breast, carefully insert a sharp knife into center and cut a pocket as evenly as possible, leaving a 1-inch border on three sides. Repeat with remaining breasts. Open each pocket, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then fill evenly with goat cheese and spinach. Seal each with two toothpicks and season outside with salt and pepper.

Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning once, until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until juices run clear, about 8 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information
280 calories
10 g total fat (3 g sat)
3 g carbohydrate
42 g protein
1 g fiber
390 mg sodium

by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 9:05 AM
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BlessedRacheal
by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 5:53 PM

I love chicken very much.

This sounds Yummy!turkey dinner

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