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Tasty Tuesday – Panko Crusted Ricotta Stuffed Chicken

Wow, I sure do eat an incredible amount of chicken.  I don’t (actually can’t) eat beef these days, pork is all good (but tends to require extensive care to insure it isn’t dry), and I like seafood (but not everyone in my house is a fan).  Which leaves me with chicken as my go to option…  That being said, I really do enjoy it; however, I’m always on the look out for different was to mix things up a bit.  I love Pinterest for just this reason!  I found this interesting recipe for Panko Crusted Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breasts while I was searching for something more diverse thank another sauce or marinade for chicken breast.

Tomatoes are a definite no go in our house, so I had to revise the recipe slightly, but it wasn’t a very big change, more of a simple omission.  I got everything I needed together: 1 cup of low fat ricotta cheese (I used regular), a handful of chopped baby spinach, 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, 2 chicken breasts, Italian seasoned panko crumbs, 2 tsp olive oil.

Stuffed Chicken Ingredients

Once I had everything together, I preheated the oven to 400 degrees and got my heavy oven safe skillet out.  Then it was time to put together the stuffing.  I combined the ricotta, spinach, Parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a glass bowl and set it aside.

ricotta chopped spinach grated cheese fresh basilminced garlic salt pepper Spinach & Ricotta Stuffing

When that was all set, I moved on to prepping the chicken.  I rinsed each piece, trimmed it and then butterflied the breasts.  That means I cut a slice through the middle of each one longways without going all the way through.  It makes a pocket of sorts, which I then filled with the stuffing.

Butterflied Chicken Boobs Stuffed Chicken Breast

Next it was time to apply the crust.  I filled a bowl with the panko crumbs and rolled each stuffed breast to cover all of the chicken.

Panko Crusting

Once they were coated nicely, I brought the chicken over to the stove and heated the olive oil in the skillet I took out earlier.  When the olive oil was warm, I placed the chicken in the pan and let it cook for 3 minutes or so.  Then I turned it over and put the entire skillet in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

heat the olive oilSear the 1st side turn them over and bake

I loved this recipe, and will definitely be making it again!  Who wants to join me for dinner?

Panko Crusted Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Chicken

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Tasty Tuesday – Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

This week’s kitchen adventure is a recipe I found on Pinterest (as usual) for Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls.  I chose them, because they resembled Chicken Rollatini.

The directions were pretty straight forward.  First I gathered the ingredients:  chicken cutlets, ricotta cheese, parmigiano cheese, fresh mozzarella, marinara sauce, spinach, egg, olive oil, garlic and bread crumbs.

baked mozzarella chicken ingredients

Next I chopped the spinach and sauteed it with garlic and olive oil.

chopped spinach  saute with garlic and olive oil

When it is just wilted and smelling super yummy, take it off the heat and mix it in a bowl with a cup of ricotta, 4 tbsp. of parmigiano cheese and an egg.

sauteed spinach  ricotta cheese

egg  parmigiano cheese  filling mixed well

Once it is combined well, take a scoop of the mixture and put it on each piece of chicken and roll it closed.

stuffing the chicken

When each roll was stuffed I put it in an egg wash and then rolled it in breadcrumbs to coat it.

coat with egg wash  coat with bread crumbs

When everything was covered, they went into a baking dish.  I made sure the edges weren’t touching so that they would cook all the way through.  When the dish was full I put it into the oven at 450 degrees for 25 minutes.

ready to bake

While it was baking, I cut up the fresh mozzarella and heated up some leftover spaghetti sauce from Sunday’s lasagna.

sliced fresh mozzarella

After 25 minutes I pulled the cooked chicken from the oven and covered it with the pasta sauce and the fresh mozzarella.  Then it went back in for 3 minutes to melt the cheese.

baked chicken  ready to melt the cheese

Even though I didn’t follow the directions exactly, the finished product was really mouth watering!

Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

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