Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

I’m not sure what it is this week, but I am just totally exhausted! And it is a short week! Is it bad that I am already wishing it was Friday?! I need to sleep in!!

Anyway, onto the food. I love goat cheese. Seriously, I could eat it every day. With crackers, on bread, on pasta, in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, or in this case, stuffed into some chicken breasts with some lemony spinach goodness!!

Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Serves 2

Ingredients:

– 2 chicken breasts

– 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

– 1 cup spinach

– 2 garlic cloves, minced

– 1 lemon, zested and juiced

– 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

– 1/2 cup chicken broth

– 1/4 cup white wine

– salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add spinach, season with salt and pepper, and cook approximately 2-3 minutes until spinach is wilted. Put spinach in a small bowl. Zest lemon into bowl. Add goat cheese and combine ingredients.

2. Clean and trim chicken breasts. Slice each chicken breast almost in half (but do not cut all the way through). Drizzle a little olive oil into each the pocket (about half a tsp. for each breast) of each breast and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Divide cheese mixture evenly between both breasts. Secure breast with toothpick(s). Sprinkle some additional salt and pepper on top.

3. In a pan, heat remaining olive oil, add chicken breasts. Cook on each side approximately 3 minutes until chicken begins to brown. In a small (I used a 9 x9) baking dish, add browned chicken breasts. Pour broth, wine, and the juice of one lemon evenly around the dish. Cover with foil and bake for approximately 15 (remove foil the last 5 minutes) or until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Remove toothpicks, drizzle with sauce from the baking dish, and serve!

   

32 comments

  1. I could totally eat goat cheese everyday too. This looks healthy and really flavorful. I’m saving this and I might even try it tonight!

  2. This does look lovely – thanks for sharing x

  3. I love stuffed chicken. This looks like a great weeknight dinner. Seems fancy, but is easy!

  4. This looks delicious! I’m curious why you put 2 teaspoons in the opened chicken breasts before you stuff….I’m sure it’s an amazing flavor agent, but I’m wondering if I can omit or use less.

    I’m with you – I’m a HUGE fan of goat cheese and spinach! I’ve never used them to stuff a chicken breast….it’s BRILLIANT!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Ann, thanks for pointing this out to me. That is actually a typo (that’s what I get for blogging before having my morning coffee). I did drizzle a little EVOO inside, but it was more like a teaspoon between both chicken breasts. I do think you could totally omit it since the spinach was cooked in it as well. And actually, you could also probably cut down on the oil for the spinach as well! I’m going to fix the measurements right now!

  5. This recipe looks and sounds delicious! I love that you paired it with sugar snapped peas, my favorite! Thanks so much for sharing! =]

  6. I love your chicken stuffed, but I don’t really like goat cheese.. can I substitute with normal Cheese I like? :)

    • Absolutely! I bet provolone or mozzarella would also work really well with this!

    • I was thinking the same thing. I’m not a fan of goat cheese, so I was thinking maybe mozz would be a good substitute. I like stuffed chicken, but I’ve never tried making it like this before. I bet the liquid keeps the breasts moist and juicy. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a lovely dinner….from the stuffed chicken to the sugar snap peas….mmmmmmm.

  8. Oh I feel the same way about goat cheese! Its so good! This sounds amazing. Bookmarked this for dinner this weekend.

  9. This looks great. I’m the same way about goat cheese–a total fanatic!

  10. I’m in the same boat! I don’t get a day off until Sunday and Monday, but boy, am I just counting down the days!

  11. I’m such a big fan of stuffed anything but using spinach and goat cheese just threw this post over the top.

    Great post!

  12. What a great filling to jazz up some chicken! I love it… goat’s cheese in my favourite… so tasty and delicious! Bookmarked!

  13. I was craving stuffed chicken tonight! Goat cheese is for sure my favorite – I especially love the texture when you heat it like this.

  14. My coworkers and I agreed today that this was just about the longest short week ever. So ready for the weekend. This chicken recipe looks awesome! I love goat cheese :)

  15. Oh this looks so good! I love stuffed anything – especially when its goat cheese.

  16. Mmm…You had me at goat cheese…

  17. I never stuffed chicken before but goat cheese and spinach sounds really good with the chicken. Thanks for sharing and giving me the idea!

  18. this looks fantastic! i’m always looking for new weeknight dinners + this is getting added to the to-make list. =)

  19. Loved stuffed chicken breasts but never thought to use goat cheese before. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be making this soon.

  20. I bet this tasted fantastic. I love the use of goat cheese with the spinach. What a flavorful filling for chicken. : )

  21. Oh my goodness Stephanie! This looks amazing! I love goat cheese…and combined with spinach! What a perfect stuffing combination! This just looks so scrumptious!

  22. I love goat cheese too and find that it is such a flexible ingredient to cook with. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  23. Sounds so delicious with the goat cheese and spinach stuffing, excellent recipe!

  24. I love using goat cheese to stuff our chicken from time to time! Mixes it up and its the only time Handsome doesn’t say he hates goat cheese- what he doesn’t know wont hurt him kind of situation ;)

  25. Stuffed chicken breasts are like tasty little presents to open and scarf down! Love the goat cheese and spinach, classic combination!

  26. This chicken looks really lovely – I always struggle finding new ways so this is a keeper!

  27. I have just about the right amount of goats cheese in my fridge, looking for a decent home. Looks like your lovely chicken recipe is on tonight’s menu. Thanks for that, Stephanie!

  28. Well-done Stephanie! I love goat cheese with chicken. It’s such a great combination and then add the spinach…perfect!

  29. Sounds like a great quick dinner

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