Baking is a healthier cooking alternative, and chicken is a great source of lean protein. But sometimes baked chicken can get boring. If you are looking to try a new chicken recipe, try stuffing the chicken with added vegetables and some cheese for added flavor! Serve with additional vegetables and whole-grains for a full meal.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4

 

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp light cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, and divided into two portions
  • zest and juice of one lemon, juice divided into two portions
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking tray.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, parmesan, spinach, one portion of the garlic, and one portion of the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In another bowl, combine the rest of the garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, thyme, smoked paprika, and olive oil.
  4. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then rub the chicken breasts in the marinade.
  5. Put the chicken breasts on a greased baking tray, then make a split across the centre of the breasts, making it deep enough to hold the spinach and cheese mixture.
  6. Divide the spinach cheese mixture into four portions, then stuff the mixture into the incisions made in the chicken breasts.
  7. Bake the chicken for 25-35 minutes (depending on size), or until a meat thermometer reads 165°F.

 

Check out the full recipe post here: http://loveandcilantro.com/stuffed-chicken/