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Ricotta, Spinach, and Sun-Dried Tomato-Stuffed Chicken

by Courtney on June 10, 2010

Tonight’s dinner was probably one of the best I’ve made in MONTHS.  Actually, it’s probably one of the few “real” dinners (aka, not a sandwich) that I’ve made in quite a while…and it was soooo worth it! :mrgreen:

I found this recipe on myrecipes.com last night, which actually originally came from Cooking Light(!) but I made a few changes to make it “Courtney-fied” ;)  The measurements of ingredients you’ll see below are for two servings, but if you’d like to see the recipe for four, click here.

Ricotta, Spinach, & Sun-Dried Tomato-Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1  cups  boiling water
  • 5  sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
  • 1  teaspoon  extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  cup  finely chopped onion
  • 1  teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 big handfuls of fresh baby spinach (I didn’t measure, just eyeballed it)
  • heaping 1/4  cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3  cup  fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1/8  cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 2  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Preparation

(**Before preparing tonight’s meal, I marinated the chicken in some of my favorite dressing: Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette.  I let is sit for about 4 hours, so the flavor was phenomenal.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine boiling water and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl; let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain and chop.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, oregano, and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add spinach; cook 3 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Add tomatoes; cook 1 minute. Place spinach mixture in a bowl; cool 5 minutes. Stir in cheeses, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Slice each breast half lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open halves, laying breast flat. Place each breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Divide spinach mixture into 2 equal portions; spoon each down center of each breast half, leaving a 1/2-inch border at each end. Fold breast sides over filling.

Place in a baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and bake 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with an extra sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and fresh basil, if desired.  ENJOY! :-D

Along with my chicken, I had some roasted cauliflower, which I tossed in a little EVOO, salt, & garlic powder.

This was one heck of a dinner!! And it was so nice to actually have a “special” meal with the hubby tonight. :)

I’m totally STUFFED now, and have to quickly head out the door for a softball game…sheesh! ;)

SO GLAD tomorrow is Friday!!!

Does anyone have any good plans coming up for the weekend??

I’m actually pretty free for once…YAY! :-D

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1 Heather June 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I’m going to a bachelorette party and maybe (HOPEFULLY) having a new nephew born this weekend!! Yay :)

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2 Liza June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I’m going to a bachelorette party too!! And enjoying some quiet time; 4 out of my 5 roommates are out of town this weekend!

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3 Meg June 11, 2010 at 12:29 am

Holy cow that looks amazing! Happy Friday!! Enjoy your weekend and softball game with a full & happy tummy ;)

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4 Leslie June 11, 2010 at 8:01 am

I’m GRADUATING!

You look like you are a great cook!

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5 Courtney June 11, 2010 at 8:39 am

Congratulations on graduating!!! :)

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6 Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices June 11, 2010 at 11:40 am

MAKING THIS RECIPE!!!! Looks so good- my mouth is watering. It will definitely be included in my meals this upcoming week :D thanks for sharing.

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