Friday, October 1, 2010

Parmesan-Crusted Stuffed Chicken

Yep. Another stuffed chicken recipe. I just can’t get enough of stuffed chicken, it seems. There are just so many delicious ingredient combinations, and it’s such a great way to add flavor to a bland chicken breast. In this version, chicken breasts are filled with a blend of spinach, cream cheese, and mozzarella, and then they’re rolled in a buttery, salty, crumbly crust of crackers and parmesan cheese. And they’re baked, so they’re a lot healthier for you. There’s nothing not to love.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that I served these atop a pile of Pasta Roni’s parmesan cheese noodles, to which I added about half a cup of store-bought marinara. And it was delicious. And I am unashamed.

Parmesan-Crusted Stuffed Chicken
adapted from Kraft Foods

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
6 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds), pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
1 egg
10 Ritz crackers, crushed (about 1/2 cup)
Spaghetti sauce, if desired

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Mix cream cheese, spinach, mozzarella, 3 tablespoons parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste until well blended; spread onto chicken breasts. Starting at one short end of each breast, roll up chicken tightly. Secure with wooden toothpicks, if desired.

3. Beat egg in shallow dish. Mix remaining parmesan and cracker crumbs in separate shallow dish. Dip chicken in egg, then roll in crumb mixture to evenly coat. Place, seam-sides down, in 13 x 9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

4. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove and discard toothpicks, if using. Serve chicken topped with spaghetti sauce, if desired.



Leigh said...

oh yes! This will be on my menu very very soon!

Holly said...

This looks soo yummy! I love chicken stuffed with...stuff;) lol I'm new to your blog-but I will be back! I'm adding myself to follow

Merut said...

I love stuffed chicken but I've never thought of serving it on pasta. Thanks for the idea. By the way, I love your blog and have given you an award on my site.

Unfortunately it looks like you've already received the same award from somebody else. Good job!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

Oh my goodness, that looks so good! I usually avoid stuffed chicken breasts but a baked version sounds right up my alley!

grace said...

Oh yum! I love how they're rolled around in Ritz .. and then served on top of PASTA! looks like a great dinner :)

Sherry G said...

Cassie this looks incredible! This is one of the best looking dinners out there to me!

Larissa said...

Looks great! And I'm all for a supermarket short-cut now and then.

Deborah said...

I really think you are the queen of cream cheese!! And I was drawn to the picture of that pasta - I need to pick up some pasta roni now!

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Monica H said...

I don't stuff chicken nearly enough...Love the addition of Ritz too!