Give your weeknight dinner a face-lift by stuffing chicken with this Greek-inspired filling. For a simple variation, add pine nuts or currants to the spinach-feta mixture.
- Yields: 4 servings
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: 50 mins
- Active: 40 mins
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 medium red onion, small dice
- 3 cups spinach leaves, tough stems removed, washed thoroughly and dried (about 3 ounces)
- Dash nutmeg
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 (10-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 1 1/2 ounces)
- Heat the oven to 350°F. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add spinach and sauté until wilted and water evaporates, about 2 minutes. Add nutmeg and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove mixture from the pan and transfer to a bowl to cool. Wipe out the pan and set aside.
- Cut each chicken breast in half horizontally. Using a mallet or the bottom of a pan, pound chicken pieces to an even thickness, about 1/4 inch thick. Season all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Stir feta into cooled spinach mixture. Lay chicken breasts on a cutting board so the narrowest ends face you. Place 1/4 of the spinach mixture halfway up each chicken piece. Fold the bottom of the chicken up over the filling to enclose it, then roll into a tight cylinder. Use toothpicks or butcher’s twine to secure the rolls. Repeat with remaining chicken and filling.
- Return the frying pan to medium-high heat and add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once oil is shimmering, place chicken breasts in the pan and cook undisturbed until golden brown, about 4 to 6 minutes. Turn breasts over and transfer the pan to the oven. Bake until the filling is hot and the interior of the chicken rolls is white but still juicy, about 8 minutes.
Variations: Stir in 1/4 cup of either pine nuts, currants, or a combination when adding the feta to the spinach mixture.
Beverage pairing: Markus Huber Grüner Veltliner “Hugo,” Austria. A white with sharpness, a hint of bitterness, and some tang is called for, and this Grüner Veltliner fits the bill, echoing the spinach and feta while resonating with the chicken.