Add This Super Easy Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken into Your Meal Prep RotationJan 14, 2021
Inspired by traditional Greek spinach pie, our spinach and feta stuffed chicken recipe infuses your standard chicken dinner with savory, tangy flavors. It’ll add some excitement to workweek meal planning without taking up a ton of time. Win-win!
It combines veggies, lean protein, fragrant herbs, and briny cheese for a healthy and delicious meal that will probably taste like a way more advanced dish than it actually is. And if you haven’t used fresh dill much before, get excited…it’s a great add-in to salads and dressings!
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Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken
This Greek-inspired main dish is an easy, yet impressive dish that’s special enough to serve guests! This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to feed a group.
- 4 oz. raw thinly sliced chicken cutlet
- ¼ tsp. dried oregano
- 1 pinch garlic salt
- ¼ cup chopped frozen spinach
- 1 oz. crumbled feta cheese
- ¼ green onion
- 1 tsp. fresh dill
- ¼ lemon
Preheat oven to 400⁰ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Season chicken with oregano and garlic salt; set aside.
Defrost spinach and squeeze out excess water. Combine spinach, feta, chopped dill, and chopped green onion in a small bowl.
Arrange spinach mixture down the center of chicken, roll chicken up on the short side, and secure with a toothpick.
Place chicken on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165⁰ F.
Squeeze lemon over chicken just before serving.
- Give this dish a kick and garnish with red pepper flakes.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
How to Make Stuffed Chicken
A winner among easy stuffed chicken recipes, there are two essential parts to this dish—the base cutlet and the filling. Luckily, both are super simple to prepare!
- For the base: Start with a stuffable cutlet, which you can buy ready-to-go or slice yourself from a chicken breast. Uniform thickness is ideal, so if necessary, flatten down thick areas with a meat tenderizer or the back of a small skillet (that’s culinary ingenuity for you!). Once that’s set, season it with garlic salt and oregano.
- For the filling: Combine spinach, dill, feta, and green onions seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. After that, simply line the cutlet with the filling, roll it up, and secure it with a toothpick; then put it on a lined baking tray and cook.
It doesn’t take long to bake stuffed chicken breast, but be sure to check for doneness before eating. For an authentic Greek touch, squeeze some zesty lemon over your spinach-stuffed chicken before serving.
Stuffed Chicken With Benefits
Bursting with those garlicky, lemony flavors of the Mediterranean, this low carb-friendly dish also packs loads of complete protein, vitamins, and minerals.
With just 226 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving, as well as a whopping 32 grams of protein, you can eat spinach and cheese stuffed chicken on its own or serve it with a healthy side, such as brown rice, protein-rich quinoa, or fiber-filled freekeh.
And although kale may go down as the trendiest green leafy vegetable of the 21st century, spinach was once a pop-culture symbol all its own, famously powering Popeye’s strength. It doesn’t provide as much iron as the myth suggested, but this leafy green offers a bounty of vitamins and minerals:
- vitamin A, which research suggests may benefit the health of your vision and immune system.
- vitamin C, which research suggests may have a positive impact on immune health as well as healthy skin.
- vitamin K, which may be associated with bone health as well as healthy blood clotting function.
Sounds like a good reason to get cooking!
Photography by Meghan Hensley.