I reduced the mint in half since I wasn't sure if it would be too powerful. It was just right but I might be willing to increase it too. I also used thin sliced chicken breasts pounded out even thinner. They cook faster and aren't so "meaty" that you can't enjoy the filling. I do this with all stuffed chicken recipes. For the spinach, I add my own fresh croutons which are really just bits of high quality bread, skillet cooked until browned in kosher salt and olive oil. No need to serve another carb with it this way, just add a good salad.
Herb and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Dress up a basic chicken breast by stuffing with an herb and goat cheese mixture. Serve with fresh spinach sautéed with crushed red pepper.
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- Calories: 348
- Fat: 12.9g
- Saturated fat: 5.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 5.2g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
- Protein: 46.8g
- Carbohydrate: 10.7g
- Fiber: 3.7g
- Cholesterol: 112mg
- Iron: 4.2mg
- Sodium: 579mg
- Calcium: 114mg
- 1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 (4-ounce) package goat cheese
- 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach
- Lemon wedges (optional)
- 1. Preheat broiler to high.
- 2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each breast half to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each pocket; close opening with a wooden pick. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- 3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan. Add chicken to pan, and cook for 2 minutes on 1 side or until browned. Arrange chicken on a baking sheet (browned side up); broil for 8 minutes or until done.
- 4. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, red pepper, and spinach; cook for 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
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