Spinach and Red Pepper-Stuffed Chicken

55 min
4 servings

Succulent chicken breasts filled with spinach and roasted red pepper.



ounce frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 12-oz
jar roasted red peppers, drained, patted dry and chopped
cup panko breadcrumbs
cup grated Parmesan
tsp smoked paprika
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
small chicken breasts (about 8 oz each)
tbsp olive oil
shallot, grated or chopped
cup dry white wine
cup chicken broth
tbsp unsalted butter, cold
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish



Special equipment: a meat mallet; kitchen twine

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

Step 2

Mix together the spinach, peppers, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, smoked paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

Step 3

Butterfly the chicken: Holding your knife parallel to the cutting board, slice a breast through the middle, stopping about 1/2-inch short of the other side. Open the breast up like a book and flatten it with your palm. Place between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet to a little less than 1/2-inch thick. Repeat with the remaining breasts.

Step 4

Divide the spinach mixture into four portions and place a portion in the center of each breast. Roll the breasts tightly around the filling and secure with kitchen twine. Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper.

Step 5

Heat the oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the roll-ups and cook until golden brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the filling registers 160ºF, another 6 to 8 minutes.

Step 6

Transfer the roll-ups to a cutting board and cover loosely with foil. Return the skillet to the stovetop over medium heat (be careful, the handle will be very hot). Add the shallots and cook until softened, stirring, about 1 minute. Add the wine and boil until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth; boil until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Off the heat, whisk in the butter and season with salt and pepper.

Step 7

Cut away the twine and slice the chicken into 1-inch rounds. Serve with the pan sauce and sprinkle with parsley.

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