These spinach-stuffed chicken breasts are flavored with Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic and lemon zest. Together, the flavors are bright, light and pack a punch. This well-seasoned dish is easy to make and looks impressive on the table., January 2021


Credit: Antonis Achilleos

Recipe Summary

25 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Squeeze thawed spinach between layers of paper towels to remove moisture. Combine the spinach with Parmesan, parsley, garlic and lemon zest in a medium bowl.

  • Cut a horizontal slit most of the way through the thickest portion of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Stuff each pocket with about ¼ cup spinach mixture. Secure the pockets using wooden picks. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with salt and pepper.

  • Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange the stuffed chicken breasts, top-sides down, in the pan; cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Carefully turn the chicken breasts over; transfer the pan to the oven. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of chicken registers 165°F, 15 to 18 minutes. Drizzle the chicken evenly with lemon juice. Remove wooden picks from the chicken before serving.

Nutrition Facts

½ stuffed chicken breast
192 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 88mg; sodium 321mg; carbohydrates 2g; dietary fiber 1g; protein 30g; niacin equivalents 11mg; saturated fat 2g; vitamin a iu 4324IU.