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Greek Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Lemon Orzo

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Makes: 4 servings Prep 30 mins Cook 32 mins View Nutrition Facts

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 5 ounces  baby spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves, about 1 1/4 pounds
  • 3/4 cup  crumbled feta
  • 1/4 teaspoon  dried dill (or 1 teaspoon fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1 cup  orzo
  • 1 teaspoon  lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup  grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup  fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Warm a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook, tossing, 3 minutes or until bright green and wilted. Add the garlic and nutmeg and cook, tossing, 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; remove skillet from heat and wipe with a paper towel.

3. Butterfly each chicken breast and open as you would a book; pound to an even 1/4-inch thickness.

4. Squeeze some of the liquid from spinach and toss with the feta and dill. Place a quarter of the mixture along the center of each breast; roll and secure with toothpicks.

5. In the skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add stuffed chicken and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until the bottoms are golden. Turn and cook another 5 minutes.

6. Transfer chicken to the prepared baking sheet; bake in the center of oven 15 minutes or until cooked through.

7. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add the orzo and cook according to package directions. Drain and toss with remaining oil and the lemon zest and lemon juice, Parmesan and parsley. Serve with chicken.

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tinkyouall wrote:

Loved this! I added some diced kalmata olives to the stuffing mixture. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of lemon juice in the magazine. I didn't think the orzo would be anything too special, but it really was fantastic. This will definitely become a regular meal in my house.

10/8/2011 04:39:29 PM Report Abuse
Ceta67 wrote:

In the number 6 step it says to add lemon juice yet I did not see it included in the recipe. "6. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add the orzo and cook according to package directions. Drain and toss with remaining oil and the lemon zest and lemon juice, Parmesan and parsley. Serve with chicken." Please advise.

8/18/2011 01:31:18 PM Report Abuse
snowbaby006900 wrote:

I loved the chicken part very much, my husband who doesn't like cooked spinach gave it about 3.5 stars. I though I had everything for the orzo, but I did not so I can't tell you how delicious it was :)

3/22/2011 09:21:32 PM Report Abuse
kennaellis1 wrote:

I agree! I just made this for myself and can't wait to make it for my boyfriend and family. Made me very happy with the results!

3/17/2011 11:03:08 PM Report Abuse
peg908 wrote:

This was beyond delicious! I wouldn't hesitate to serve it to company. It wasn't difficult and much of the prep could probably be done in advance. Husband gave it his highest review "don't lose THAT recipe!"

3/10/2011 10:09:53 AM Report Abuse

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