Stuffed chicken breasts, filled with spinach, mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomatoes are lightly seared, then baked, in this easy dish!Stuffed chicken breasts, filled with spinach, mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomatoes are lightly seared, then baked, in this easy dish!
Today I am happy to share and recommend a unique and delicious recipe I found on Pinterest for stuffed chicken breasts. YUM.

How can you go wrong with Italian seasoned, pan-seared (then baked) chicken breasts, stuffed full of fresh baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, AND ooey, gooey mozzarella cheese? I mean, really… how could this NOT taste good? Here’s how to make them.

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How To Make Stuffed Chicken Breasts

The first thing you will need to do is mix up the Italian “dressing” in a small bowl. This will only take a minute or less.

An Italian seasoned "dressing" is mixed together before applying to chicken.
This is what it will look like once combined… it’s a bit thicker than a normal dressing or sauce.

The seasoning sauce is fairly thick before it is brushed onto chicken.

Prepare The Chicken Breasts For Stuffing

Carefully cut a “pocket” into each of the chicken breasts. Slice deep into each chicken breast (horizontally), but DO NOT cut all the way through the chicken breast! After cutting, they should be able to open almost all the way (like this, shown below).

Boneless chicken breasts are cut almost all the way through, forming a pocket.
Cover the chicken breasts inside and out with the Italian “dressing”. A pastry brush works well for this.

Sauce is brushed onto all sides of the chicken breasts.

Creating The Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Stuff one half of each chicken breast with thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed). I was lucky to be able to use the sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil that I grew in our garden, dehydrated, then packed in oil last Fall! You can find jars of sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed) in most grocery stores nowadays.

Sun dried tomatoes are placed on one side of the chicken breast.
Place the slices of mozzarella cheese on top of the tomatoes.

Mozzarella cheese slices are placed on top of sun dried tomatoes.
Top the mozzarella slices with a handful of fresh baby spinach leaves. Whoo Hoo… they’re almost done now!

Baby spinach leaves are added to the stuffed chicken breasts.

Seal Up Then Brown The Chicken

Now close the chicken breasts up, stuffing as much as you can into each piece. Secure the chicken breast, top to bottom, with several toothpicks to hold it all together. I used 3 toothpicks for each one, putting them in at a diagonal.

Heat olive oil in an OVENPROOF skillet until really hot. Carefully add the stuffed chicken breasts and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until each side is seared golden brown in color.

Secured with toothpicks, the stuffed chicken breasts are pan seared in hot oil.

Oven Time!

After browning both sides of the stuffed chicken breasts, place the skillet (and chicken) into a preheated 350 degree oven. Cook the chicken for 15-18 minutes for small and medium breasts.

Larger chicken breasts will need to cook a few minutes longer). This is what they will look like when you remove the skillet from the oven.  Lots of gooey cheese and juices!

After baking the stuffed chicken breasts are browned, and oozing with melted cheese.

Serve The Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Place the chicken onto individual serving plates, and for goodness sake… REMOVE THE TOOTHPICKS!!! (Just sayin’ – no one wants to bite into a toothpick now, do they?) Spoon a bit of the sauce and/or melted cheese over the top of each chicken breast, and SERVE!  Doesn’t that look GOOD?

A serving of the stuffed chicken breast, on a plate.

I cut this one in half so you can see what the inside looks like! Pretty sure that you’re gonna like this chicken dish. It is really good!

Once cut, you can see the layers of stuffing in each piece of chicken.

I hope you will consider trying this wonderful chicken recipe… we really enjoyed it!  Have a blessed day, and thank you for stopping by. I hope you will come back again soon.

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Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
33 mins
 

Stuffed chicken breasts, filled with spinach, mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomatoes are lightly seared, then baked, in this easy dish!

Category: Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stuffed chicken breasts
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 439 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For The Italian "Dressing":
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar (may substitute lemon juice, if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
For Chicken:
  • 2 small or medium boneless , skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (oil packed), drained and cut into thin strips
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese (2 per chicken breast to cover)
  • Handful of fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (for pan-searing)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180C).

  2. Mix Italian "dressing" ingredients in a small bowl until combined.
  3. Slice a pocket in each chicken breast. Cut far into each breast (horizontally), but do not slice all the way through. Cover the chicken breasts inside and out with the Italian "dressing". I used a pastry brush.

  4. Stuff one half of each piece of chicken with a layer of sun-dried (and drained) tomatoes. Cover tomatoes with mozzarella cheese slices, then cover cheese with baby spinach leaves. Try to get as much of the filling stuffed inside of the chicken as you can. Use toothpicks to hold each piece together. I used 3 toothpicks for each breast, and inserted them through at an angle.
  5. Heat oil on medium-high in an ovenproof skillet until very hot. Carefully place the chicken breasts into hot skillet. Sear them (without moving them) for 2-3 minutes, then carefully turn over and repeat with other side, until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Place skillet with chicken into preheated oven. Continue cooking for 15-18 minutes. Larger breasts may take a couple minutes longer (it may also take a bit longer if you are cooking more than 4 breasts at a time).
  7. Remove from oven. Place chicken onto individual serving plates. REMOVE TOOTHPICKS. Spoon up some of the juices, and melted mozzarella cheese; place on top of chicken. Serve & enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you are using really large chicken breasts, you can cut them in half once done, and you will end up with 4 decent sized portions (budget stretcher 101)

Nutrition Facts
Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 660mg29%
Potassium 1487mg42%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 2210IU44%
Vitamin C 16.3mg20%
Calcium 345mg35%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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