Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
Chicken marinated in sherry and cooked with a wonderful stuffing. A bit tricky but so worth it. Not quite as bad as the nutritional facts say, since the marinade gets thrown away and using skinless breasts will cut down on the fat. Serve with fresh, steamed asparagus.
- 2 cups dry sherry
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry
- 3 whole chicken breasts, split and boned
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 3 cups fresh spinach, cut into thin shreds
- 2 cups chopped mushrooms
- 1 cup grated carrot
- 1⁄3 cup sliced scallion
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 1⁄2 cups light Italian salad dressing
- 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1⁄3 cup grated romano cheese or 1⁄3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Pour 2 cups sherry into large shallow dish.
- Add chicken, turning to coat. Cover and marinate at least 3 hrs in fridge.
- Heat oil in large skillet over med. heat.
- Add garlic spinach, mushrooms, carrots, scallions, salt and pepper and remaining 2 tbs sherry.
- Cook and stir 3-5 minutes, until spinach is completely wilted. Cool completely.
- Place dressing in another small bowl and set aside.
- Combine breadcrumbs and cheese in another bowl and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade.
- Slice a pocket into side of each breast where they were originally attatched.
- Fill pockets with spinach mixture. Secure pockets with toothpicks.
- Coat each breast with dressing and dredge in breadcrumbs.
- Place chicken in single layer on greased 13x9 dish. Drizzle with remaining dressing.
- Cover and bake 15 minutes.
- Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until chicken is done.
- Remove toothpicks before serving.
What a great recipe for chicken! I made this the other night. I used frozen thawed spinach and canned mushrooms since thats what I had on hand. It did take about 45 or 50 minutes for this to finish in the oven. The marinade gave this chicken a wonderful flavor, I only let it marinate for about 2 hours since thats all I had time for but it still tasted great.
The flavor and presentation of this is wonderful. Spinach, mushrooms and chicken are such a wonderful combination. I was really surprised how well the sherry and Italian dressing flavors melded. I used only 3 chicken breast halves and the stuffing amount was perfect. I had to cook the chicken for 30 more minutes than the recipe states and the prep was a little longer too, maybe if I had bought carrots already grated, my prep time would have been less. We served this with fresh snow peas from the garden! Thanks for a great dinner and this would be perfect to make for guests!
This is excellent and very versatile. I didn't have whole breasts so I made the chicken separate from the breasts and served the chicken on top. We ate the leftover breasts as sandwiches the next day and the chicken was just as nice and juicy as the first day. Great recipe and one that we'll be making again.