Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken

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    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken are chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Marinated in a yogurt and basil pesto sauce, they are moist and flavorful.  #stuffedchicken #spinachstuffedchicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken are chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Marinated in a yogurt and basil pesto sauce, they are moist and flavorful.

    One of my new staple ingredients is Greek yogurt and one of its primary uses is for excellent marinades. Yep, Greek yogurt is an excellent base for marinades.

    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken are chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Marinated in a yogurt and basil pesto sauce, they are moist and flavorful.  #stuffedchicken #spinachstuffedchicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    It keeps meats and fish nice and moist, while gently flavoring vegetables. Plain yogurt is like a blank canvas waiting to be spiced and flavored with whatever your heart desires, in this case, garlicky basil pesto.

    This stuffed chicken breast recipe isn’t your typical one. Why? Two reasons. The first is that the chicken is marinated before being cooked. Secondly, I don’t initially stuff it and cook. I cook, then stuff, then cook more. Backwards from most.

    Why? Because I hate when my baked stuffed chicken has dry stuffing. Or worse, all the cheese melts out! Oh, the humanity of lost cheese!

    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken are chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Marinated in a yogurt and basil pesto sauce, they are moist and flavorful.  #stuffedchicken #spinachstuffedchicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    Making the incision before cooking and then stuffing a little over halfway through prevents the issue. It is fairly easy to stuff even though it is hot. Simply use two forks and jam it all in there.

    Using a low moisture cheese for any stuffed chicken breast recipe is also important. We’ve all had our chicken sitting in a pool of liquid or a pool of cheese. Some can’t be helped, but starting with low moisture cheese gives you a better chance.

    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken are chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Marinated in a yogurt and basil pesto sauce, they are moist and flavorful.  #stuffedchicken #spinachstuffedchicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    If you liked this spinach stuffed chicken recipe, be sure to check out these other easy chicken recipes:

    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken are chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Marinated in a yogurt and basil pesto sauce, they are moist and flavorful.  #stuffedchicken #spinachstuffedchicken www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken are chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Marinated in a yogurt and basil pesto sauce, they are moist and flavorful.  #stuffedchicken #spinachstuffedchicken www.savoryexperiments.com
    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     
    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken are chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Marinated in a yogurt and basil pesto sauce, they are moist and flavorful. 
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: stuffed chicken breasts
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 513 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 4 chicken breasts , boneless and skinless
    • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 1 cup pesto
    • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes in oil , drained and patted dry
    • 1/2 cup baby spinach
    • 4 ounces mozzarella
    • fresh basil , for garnish
    • Maldon sea salt , for garnish
    Instructions
    1. Prep chicken by using a very sharp knife and carefully cutting a pocket into the side of the chicken breast that is about 1/2" shy of cutting completely through the other side and ends.
    2. Combine chicken breasts, Greek yogurt, pesto and Kosher salt in an airtight plastic bag. Massage marinade into chicken breasts, including the pocket.  Marinate in the refrigerator from 1 to 24 hours.
    3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
    4. Remove chicken from marinade, tapping to take off excess sauce.
    5. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and using two forks, stuff each pocket with evenly divided mozzarella cheese, sundried tomatoes and spinach.
    6. Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
    7. Remove and garnish with fresh basil and Maldon sea salt.
    8. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition Facts
    Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 513 Calories from Fat 306
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 34g 52%
    Saturated Fat 8g 40%
    Cholesterol 102mg 34%
    Sodium 1527mg 64%
    Potassium 746mg 21%
    Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 3g
    Protein 39g 78%
    Vitamin A 40.1%
    Vitamin C 19.9%
    Calcium 31.4%
    Iron 7.6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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