Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Spinach and Mushrooms
photo by Chef floWer
- Ready In:
- 4 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 12 small mushroom caps (crimini or button)
- 2 garlic cloves, cracked or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 small shallot (quartered)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
FOR THE SAUCE
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄2 cup white wine (not cooking wine)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- You will also need: large plastic food storage bags or waxed paper.
- Place breasts in the center of a plastic food storage bag or between 2 sheets of waxed paper.
- Pound out the chicken from the center of the bag outward with a mallet or a heavy skillet.
- Be firm and controlled with your strokes.
- Defrost spinach in the microwave.
- Transfer spinach to a kitchen or a piece of cheese cloth.
- Twist towel around spinach and wring it out until the spinach is very dry.
- Transfer the spinach to a medium size mixing bowl.
- Place a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
- When skillet is hot, add the butter, mushrooms, garlic and shallot.
- Season with salt and pepper, and saute 5 minutes.
- Transfer mushrooms, garlic and shallot to a food processor.
- Pulse to grind the mushrooms, and transfer to the mixing bowl, adding the processed mushrooms to the spinach.
- Add ricotta and grated cheese and nutmeg to the bowl.
- Stir to combine the stuffing.
- Return the skillet to the stove over medium-high heat.
- Place a mound of stuffing on each breast, and wrap and roll breast over the stuffing.
- Secure breasts with toothpicks.
- Add 3 Tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to the skillet.
- Add breasts to the skillet and brown on all sides, about 10 to 12 minutes.
- The chicken will cook quickly, because it is thin.
- Remove breasts.
- Add butter and flour to the skillet.
- Cook butter and flour 1 minute.
- Whisk in the wine and reduce for another minute.
- Whisk in the chicken broth, and then return the breasts to the skillet.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until ready to serve.
- Remove the toothpicks.
- Serve the breasts either whole, or slice on an angle and fan out on the dinner plates.
- Top the stuffed chicken breasts or sliced stuffed chicken breasts with generous spoonfuls of the sauce.
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I was born in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in this GREAT United States of America. I have since resided in Baltimore Maryland, Atlanta Georgia, Orlando Florida, Fort Lauderdale Florida, Los Angeles California, Selma Oregon, and now in Albuquerque New Mexico. I have enjoyed not only eating, but cooking all my life.