Cheese-Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo

Stuff thin chicken breasts with sauteed spinach and onion, four cheeses, and a blend of spices, then wrap in phyllo dough for an elegant and delicious chicken entree that's perfect for entertaining.  Serve on a bed of mixed greens.

Yield:

8 servings

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Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook: 7 Minutes
Bake: 40 Minutes

Ingredients

8 skinned and boned chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened and cut up
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
16 frozen phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
Melted butter or margarine
Mixed salad greens

Preparation

Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/8-inch thickness, using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper, and set aside.

Sauté spinach and onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is tender. Remove from heat, and stir in cream cheese until blended. Stir in mozzarella cheese and next 6 ingredients.

Spoon 1/4 cup spinach mixture on center of each chicken breast half, and roll up, jellyroll fashion.

Unfold phyllo sheets on a lightly floured surface. Stack 2 phyllo sheets, brushing with melted butter between sheets. (Keep remaining phyllo sheets covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.) Place 1 chicken roll on short side of phyllo stack; gently roll up, folding in long side. Repeat procedure with remaining pastry, melted butter, and chicken. Place rolls in a shallow pan, and brush with melted butter.

Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until done. Serve on a bed of mixed greens, if desired.

Note:

November 2001