Roma Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Stuffed Chicken Breasts Roma

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked chicken, chicken breast, stuffed chicken
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 400kcal
Filled with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and thyme with a blend of ricotta and parmesan cheese, these stuffed chicken breasts elevate Tuesday night.
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Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup white mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves minced
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves or half a package of frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated, divided
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375┬░.  Lay a piece of parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a medium pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the chopped mushrooms and saute until browned and most of the liquid has been given off.  Stir in the garlic, thyme, sun-dried tomateoes and spinach.  Cook for an additional minute until garlic and thyme are fragrant and the spinach wilts. Transfer mushroom mixture to a medium bowl.
  • Add ricotta and parmesan cheese to mushroom mixture and stir to combine.  Set aside.
  • Using a very sharp paring knife, carefully cut a pocket into the side of the chicken breast that is about 1/2" shy of cutting completely through the other side and ends. 
  • Fill the pockets with the filling and secure with 3 or 4 toothpicks to keep them closed.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.  Brush the chicken breasts with melted butter and dip into the breadcrumb mixture to coat, pressing the crumbs into the chicken breast with your hands.  Transfer to the baking sheet.  Drizzle the remaining butter over the chicken breasts.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.  Let sit for five minutes before serving.

Notes

Because there's two chicken breasts, I count this as two servings, but my husband and I usually split a chicken breast because they're quite large.  That brings the calorie count down to a moderate 400 calories/serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 39.9% | Vitamin C: 9.6% | Calcium: 34.5% | Iron: 14.6%