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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast

When I saw my good friend Kristy's post on Lychee Chicken Rolls on her food blog it reminded me of a chicken roll that I've made a lot, but haven't made recently. Thanks Kristy! This dish is a nice way to do something different with chicken breasts, it really dresses it up, looks impressive, but is so easy to make. Perfect for a quick easy midweek meal, or a way to impress dinner guests!

I served this with the baked beets I posted yesterday, and (as long as I had the oven on) I threw some cauliflower with olive oil and lemon juice, in another stoneware pan next to it.

First flatten the chicken breasts if you didn't buy the cutlets that are already flat. I just cut these in half and opened it up like a book. I didn't take the time to pound them out to make them all even and thinner, and it worked okay for my family. Lol! You might want to make it look a little nicer if serving it for guests. :D

Season the chicken, I used zaatar (a middle eastern seasoning of sumac, sesame seeds and green dried herbs, like marjoram, thyme, savory and others, there are many different versions) salt and pepper. Then add the the spinach and feta. For my daughter I used provolone and salami, she's okay with a little bit of spinach, but I just left it out of hers this time. The zaatar gave it a nice tang to the spinach.

Roll them up like a burrito and secure them with some cooking twine (I happened to have a lot of this and am so happy to be using it). If you don't have any butchers string you can always use 15 toothpicks ...hehehe! (Kristy that was just for you! and I'm just kidding! I couldn't resist). Try to tuck some of the ends in if you can, but don't worry if you can't, you'll just have some of the cheese ooze out if you are using a melting cheese. It's still good!

Use a skillet that you can put in the oven. Heat a little oil in the pan and brown the chicken on stove top. Finish in a medium heated oven 350 F for about 15 minutes until cooked through.

I really like it when some of the cheese and juices cooks on the bottom of the pan and all those good flavors...mmmmm!

I did get plenty of compliments at dinner, maybe it was after dinner, it was pretty quiet while they were eating! Always a good sign! This is too easy and good not to try it!


  1. Lyndsey this look really yummy! gloria

  2. I just happen to have a jar of Zaatar in my cupboard! I know another way to use it now! Thanks!

  3. Hi Lyndsey! I was just sitting down to make my dinner menus for the next few days and saw this post. Yum! And I'm even going to use the Zaatar you made me. I'll let you know how it turns out.

  4. very Gourmet-like. Love the stuffing choice!

  5. Lyndsey...not only do these look so attentively made...I'm ready to ask you to have me over for supper. The ingredients put a big smile on my face ;o)

    BTW...Thanks for bringing my attention to the fact that you had made salmon patties. I came looking for them and quickly went to plug it into my post ;o)) Hope that pleases you.

    Ciao for now and have a great evening,

  6. I adore chicken stuffed with spinach and cheese. I think it is one of my favorite things. I don't have any zaatar - is it very spicy?

  7. These look delicious. I have a bunch of spinach that I need to use and I know I have some feta cheese in the fridge. Going to try these!

  8. Spinach and feta is such a great combination, isn't it? I make turkey burgers stuffed with feta and spinach, I bet these are even better. I've never heard of zaatar. Time to Google! :o)

  9. stefania.confidential - thank you!

    Gloria - Thank so much!

    TKW - I know I keep forgetting to pull it out too!

    Robyn - Yes let me know. I haven't made it in a while, it's nice to be reminded to pull out some good old recipes and spices!

    Cool - thank you, you can't go wrong with feta and spinach!

    Claudia - Haha! You are more than welcome to stop by for supper. Thanks for adding my salmon patties to your post! :) How nice!

    marthaandme - Zaatar is not spicy, the main ingredient is sumac, which is a little tangy more like lemon. It goes really well with fish!

    Mags - I'm sure you'll love it! Easy too!

    Brenda - Turkey burgers stuffed with feta and spinach sound awesome!

  10. Look really good, have always like stuffed chicken breast...and I don't bother with making it even too, just cut it open like you did!:D

  11. I love the comment you made about it being "quiet while they were eating!" The dish looks and sounds delicious. I make a similar recipe. Spinach, feta, and chicken. Yum!

  12. Those look delicious! Great tutorial!

  13. Lyndz~ hahaha.... you make me smile today! But I hope to see you use toothpicks instead. This should be your happy night. hehe.... Actually, I have tried this roll up before, with ham & spices and top with sweet & spicy sauce. Btw, yours look amazing. Enjoy your day, sweetie.
    Blessings, Kristy

  14. Love spinach and feta combo! I like the idea of stuffing the chicken with that! yum!

  15. This looks really good, Lyndsey. And elegant enough for the dressiest of company. I don't have any zaatar in my pantry...sounds as though I better get some!
    What a super idea to roast beets; I've never done that and we love them.

  16. Elegant and so toothsome. You have such a great supply of culinary inspiration!

  17. Jeannie - yes it's quick and easy!

    Ana - I'll have to check out your recipe.

    Susan - thank you!

    Kristy - Hahaha! I'm glad it made you smile! Yours were smaller, more bite size, so I could see using the 15 toothpicks instead! :D Thanks! Have a great day!!

    pigpigscorner - Thanks, it's so good like that!

    Barbara - You certainly don't have to use Zaatar seasoning, you can season how ever you like. I just wanted to use my Zaatar that I haven't used in a while and it gives the spinach a little tart flavor.

    Thank you Jenn - you comment was so nice!

  18. Goodness gracious. Looks so delicious!

  19. Such a great healthy meal...Lyndsey

    ps I bought a couple curry trees off ebay...there are several people on ebay that sell them...just be sure the botanical name is Murraya Koenigii...The ones I ordered were $25 each and tiny, less than 6 inches...but since April they have grown about 2 feet and are very full. They would grow really well where you are.

  20. wow this looks amazing great recipe

    have a lovely weekend Lyndsey Rebecca

  21. That is a wonderful dish! So flavorful and refined tasting.



  22. I am printing out this recipe. My family will love it! Yummy! Thanks for posting it!

  23. I love the combo of spinach and feta. It works for pasta too! :) The chicken looks fab.

  24. This looks like a yummy & easy meal to prepare - just the thing for a quiet weekend at home :)

  25. That's a reminder, should try cooking this. Thanks for sharing this yummy dish!

  26. This looks so good! I'm definitely going to try this - although my recipe bookmarks are already overflowing with recipes of yours I'm going to try :-)


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