Do you ever get tired of eating chicken?
I have to admit, I do. But I found a recipe and made it for dinner the other night and it made me fall in love with chicken all over again. Chicken can be a versatile protein to use for a dinner recipe. And when you stuff it with mozzarella cheese, tomato pesto and spinach you have an amazing recipe for dinner tonight.
If you don't have the tomato pesto, you can substitute sliced tomatoes. But really go out and find some tomato pesto soon! I have used it in a few recipes so far and it is amazingly delicious.
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Chicken Stuffed with Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Pesto and Spinach
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- 2 thick slices of mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup tomato pesto
- 1/3 cup frozen chopped spinach; defrosted and squeezed dry
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a 9x12 casserole dish.
Butterfly chicken breasts by slicing into the long side of the breast, stopping just about 1/4 of an inch from the opposite side.
Sprinkle the insides of the chicken breast with salt and pepper.
Spread the tomato pesto on the chicken breast followed by the chopped spinach and then the slice of mozzarella cheese.
Fold the top layer of the chicken breast over making sure the "stuffing" is in place.
Secure with toothpicks.
Place chicken carefully in casserole dish.
Brush each chicken breast with the olive oil and sprinkle the Italian seasoning on top.
Bake the chicken for 30 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.
You can see how I sliced the chicken breasts making a pocket to
hold the tomato pesto, spinach and cheese...
Secure with toothpicks and place in casserole dish.
The chicken was tender and full of flavor.
And here is my favorite casserole dish to use for almost everything.
It has a cover too that's great if I prepare my food earlier in the day
and then keep it in the refrigerator until I need to put it in the oven.
This one even has a carrying case so you can take recipes for pot luck meals.
Find out more HERE.
And here's another recipe that uses the tomato pesto. Grilled Pesto Sandwiches.