For me, any recipe that says “stuffed” is code for “Fancy, shmancy”! Especially one like this.
I’ve made Italian Stuffed Chicken Breasts in the past, but this time I wanted to change up the flavors a bit. I scrounged around for a couple of ingredients that I thought would work well together. The result did not disappoint!
Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts (serves 4)
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 c. fresh spinach
- 1 red bell pepper, roasted (or jarred roasted red pepper slices), chopped
- 2 T. finely chopped kalamata olives
- seasoning of choice (salt, pepper, oregano, basil, etc.)
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small pan, lightly wilt spinach over low heat. In a small bowl, combine the spinach with the red bell pepper, and olives. Slice chicken breasts horizontally, without going all the way through the other side, creating a flap. Stuff each chicken breast with the spinach mixture, place in an oven-safe pot or dutch oven, and season as desired. Cover and cook for 25 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Similar to the last time I stuffed chicken breasts, I made a simple cauliflower mash as a side dish.
- 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
- dash of almond milk (or milk of choice)
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
Directions: Steam cauliflower pieces until fork-tender. In a food processor, place the steamed cauliflower, a dash of milk and desired seasoning. Process until creamy. Serve immediately.
MIWFY: As written, these recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free. If dairy is not an issue, I think some feta cheese would have been a fabulous addition.
*For a similar side dish, with a more complex flavor, try cauliflower and turnip mash.
Of course, I was proud of how fancy-schmancy it seemed! The presentation alone–well, I impressed myself! But it did not win me over with these aspects alone. It tasted fantastic!
The touch of salty olives (note: Bob requested I add more next time), the charred flavor of roasted red peppers, and the lightly seasoned chicken came together perfectly. And to cleanse the palatte between bites, the cauli-mash really rounded out the meal. I hope you give it a try!