Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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.

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

  • 4 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

192 Calories
7g Fat
2g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size ½ stuffed chicken breast
Calories 192
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Vitamin A 4324IU 86%
Sodium 321mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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