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Stuffed Chicken Breast With Spinach, Mushrooms, and Parmesan Cheese

You can easily change up this hearty main dish. For a Greek flavor, sub in chopped Kalamata olives, feta cheese and chopped tomatoes for the mushrooms, garlic and Parmesan cheese. For Thai, toss the spinach with mushrooms, bean sprouts and a ginger-peanut sauce.

Serves four

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 6 small cremini mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a 6-inch-by-8-inch baking dish.

Make a crosswise slit in each chicken breast, about halfway through the chicken breast, to make a “pocket” for the stuffing.

Sauté the mushrooms in the remaining olive oil until soft. Add the spinach and garlic and cook until the spinach is wilted. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Fill each chicken breast with the spinach mixture and arrange the stuffed chicken breasts in the baking dish.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked through.

Serve the chicken with fresh salad greens.

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