Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spinach & Pepper Jack Stuffed Chicken

Happy Tuesday, y'all! I have entered what I like to call "a cooking phase". I've told my friend and family to watch out because when I get in a cooking phase, it's serious!

I am pretty darn proud of myself when I cook something that is both delicious and somewhat healthy. Those are my main goals when searching for recipes. I do most of my recipe searching on Pinterest.

Let's start with a pretty awesome recipe.. Spinach and Pepper Jack stuffed Chicken. Super easy and just a few ingredients...my kind of recipe! We added a bit of chili powder to the cajun spice seasoning for a little extra kick :) and we served this dish with brown rice (from a frozen steam-able bag..love those!) and green beans while watching the Thunder game, of course!

This recipe is from Cooking Creation via Pinterest.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes



-1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-4 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded (you can use up to 6 oz)
-1 c frozen spinach, thawed and drained (you can also use fresh spinach)
-2 tbsp vegetable oil
-2 tbsp Cajun seasoning - click here for my homemade Cajun spice recipe
-1 tbsp breadcrumbs
-Sea salt, to taste
-Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Flatten the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness.

In a medium bowl, combine the pepper jack cheese, spinach, salt and pepper.

Combine the Cajun seasoning and breadcrumbs together in a small bowl.

Spoon about 1/4 c of the spinach mixture onto each chicken breast. Roll each chicken breast tightly and fasten with toothpicks.

Brush each chicken breast with the vegetable oil. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning mixture evenly over all. Sprinkle any remaining spinach and cheese on top of chicken (optional).

Place the chicken seam-side down onto a tin foil-lined baking sheet (for easy cleanup).  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove the toothpicks before serving.

Enjoy!

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