Mediterranean Chicken

Photo: Andrew McCaul

Stuff chicken breast halves with Feta cheese and olive tapenade for a Mediterranean chicken meal.  Serve with a side of wilted spinach tossed with fresh lemon juice and capers. 

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Real Simple

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 352
  • Calories from fat: 54%
  • Carbohydrate: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 99mg
  • Fat: 21g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Protein: 35mg
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 521mg
  • Calcium: 129mg

Ingredients

  • 4 5- to 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves
  • 2 ounces crumbled Feta
  • 4 tablespoons black-olive tapenade or paste
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup salsa fresca
  • 1 5-ounce package baby spinach
  • 1 large lemon
  • 4 tablespoons capers packed in liquid (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut a 2-inch pocket in the thickest part of each chicken-breast half. In a small bowl, combine the Feta and tapenade, then stuff ¼ of the mixture into each pocket. In a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil on medium to high heat. Season the chicken with the pepper and add it to the skillet, cooking 2 minutes on each side or until brown.Transfer to an oven-safe baking dish drizzled with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and bake for 18 minutes. When the chicken is 5 minutes from being finished, put the remaining olive oil and the salsa in the skillet and heat through. Add the spinach and cookuntil slightly wilted. Slice the chicken and serve it with asqueeze of lemon juice and the capers, if desired, with the spinach on the side.
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