Spinach And Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast Fillet

Spinach And Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast Fillet

Spinach And Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast Fillet 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Spinach and ricotta Stuffed Chicken breast fillet is a tasty way to pack more flavour into your dinner and a simple and healthy recipe. Just like the baked Herb Stuffed Chicken Breast Fillets, you can easily prepare this recipe ahead of time and cook when needed. Make it once or twice and you’ll get the hang of it.

Chicken breast fillets can be hard to cook on the stove especially if they are big in size.  They brown really fast on the outside and remain uncooked on the inside.  Placing them in a hot oven for 10 minutes will ensure juicy and tender fillets.

Spinach and ricotta Stuffed Chicken breast fillets served on a board with sage flowers

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 250-grams spinach fresh or frozen
  • 125 grams ricotta crumbled
  • 75 grams feta crumbled
  • 6 chicken breast fillets (small-medium size)
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 40 grams of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2-3 tablespoons thickened cream

 

Cook’s Notes

*This is a recipe that starts on the stovetop and needs to be finished in the oven. A shallow casserole dish or a dutch oven that can be used on the stove and in the oven is versatile and perfect for it.
*Many frying pans with rubber/plastic handle are now oven safe. Read the label or email the manufacturer to find out.

 

Step 1. 
Preheat oven to 190°
To make the filling, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and sauté the onion for 3-5 minutes until softened.  Add the spinach and continue to sauté until spinach is wilted. Remove from the heat. Cool.

Once cooled, add the crumbled cheese to the spinach mixture.  Season with pepper (Taste before salting as the feta can be salty)

Step 2. 
Preheat oven to 190°
Using the tip of the knife, cut into the thickest side of each fillet to create a pocket.  The tip here is to only cut ¾ of the way through. Use your fingers to widen the pocket to avoid cutting through the chicken breast.  Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts.  Season with salt and pepper.

Spinach andMaking a pocket in chicken breast fillet

Step 3. 
Divide and stuff the spinach mixture in each chicken pocket.

stuffing with spinach and feta

Step 4. 
In a large frying pan over medium, add the garlic and the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil and cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.  Now add the thyme and sage and the chicken. Cook chicken to seal for approximately 3-5 minutes on each side.

sealing stuffed chicken in a pan

Add the butter and chili. Season with salt and pepper.  Place in the preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

adding butter and fresh herbs

Remove from the oven.  Squeeze with lemon juice and pour the cream into the sizzling pan. Cover and set aside for approximately 5 minutes before serving.

Spinach and ricotta Stuffed Chicken breast fillets close up shot

Makes 6

Why you will love this recipe:

Delicious and versatile
Healthy
Prepared ahead of time
Packed with flavour
Homemade family dinner

 

Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health