I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Stuffed Chicken Breast

Who doesn't love stuffed chicken breasts?  It takes a little work, but isn't hard.  You will impress your family and friends with this recipe.

(serves 4)

*3 tablespoons water
*3-4 cups fresh spinach, stems removed
*3 garlic cloves, minced
*1/2 small onion, chopped
*1 egg white
*2 teaspoons water
*1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
*1/2 cup all purpose flour
*3 tablespoons olive oil
*4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
*1/2 pound fresh ricotta cheese
*3 cups fresh spinach, stems removed
*1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
*1 egg, beaten
*2 teaspoons italian seasoning
*1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
*1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce (I make my own)

~ In a large skillet, sauté spinach, onion & garlic in water over medium heat, until spinach is wilted.
~Remove from heat and place into a large bowl and allow to cool.
~Add ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, italian seasoning and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese to spinach mixture and mix well.
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Pound out chicken breasts until around 1/2 inch thick.
~In a small bowl whisk egg white & water together.
~Mix bread crumbs & flour in large plate.
~Dip chicken breasts into egg white mixture.
~Drag one side of chicken into bread crumb mixture.
~Add olive oil to skillet that was used for spinach.
~Place chicken in pan, breaded side down.
~Cook for 3-4 minutes.
~Remove from skillet.
~Place chicken on a clean surface, breaded side down.
~Fill chicken breasts with stuffing and fold in half (secure with toothpicks if needed).
~Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.
~Place stuffed chicken into prepared pan.
~Pour spaghetti sauce over chicken.
~Cover with aluminum foil.
~Bake  30 minutes or until chicken is done.
~Remove from oven and remove aluminum foil.
~Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over chicken and return to oven.
~Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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