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Monday, August 4, 2008

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Feta, Spinach, and Ham

Since having a baby I have learned that the best thing you can do for a new mom is take them food. I usually like to take one meal prepared and ready to eat and one for the freezer for another day. I have tried to find dishes that are nursing and figure friendly. This recipe is healthy yet tasty, inexpensive yet gourmet, and an easy freezer-pleaser. This is now my first choice to take to moms.

Makes 8 Servings

8 Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat feta cheese
1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
8 thin slices ham

With a knife, make a split along one side of the chicken breast to form a pocket. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and feta with a fork. Stuff each chicken breast with the cheese mixture, spinach, and ham.

To Prepare and Eat Now: Preheat oven to 350. Place the chicken breasts on a baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray, cover with foil, and bake for 40-45 minutes.

To Freeze: Do not bake before freezing. After chicken breasts are filled, wrap individually or flash freeze, label, and freeze. Recommended freezing time: 4 to 6 months.

To Prepare After Freezing: As directed above. Bake from frozen for 1 hour or thawed for 45-50 minutes.

* I use way more than 1/2 cup spinach. I just stuff them full. ** A tip from Rachel Ray on stuffing chicken breasts - Start cutting from the side that is fatter. When you have it cut open, place the chicken in a bag with a little water (to help it slide around) and pound it out with a fry pan or other heavy object. This is how I did it and it works great. Easier clean up too.


Analisha said...

I am excited to try this recipe and I love that you placed freezing instructions with it! Looks Yummy!!!

Kristin said...

I made this for supper last night, or should I say I cooked this for supper. I pulled it out of the freezer so the making it part was already done! Anyway, Kellen grilled it and it was so delicious! It tasted like bacon. All the flavors were enhanced. Only some of the cheese oozed out but nothing to cry over. Try it.

Jennifer said...

I cooked this up the other day, and loved it. So easy and not a lot to it. Jenson normally hates eating chicken, but he liked this.