Chicken Breast Stuffed With Pepper Jack Cheese and Spinach Redo

There is a recipe circulating on Facebook right now that I had to try. The original recipe is apparently from someone in a closed group called Weight…No Longer. I tried the original version of it found here.

It was ok. Honestly we were not all that impressed with it. It was good, but not anything I would be quick to repeat anytime soon. But I had extra spinach and thought lets try it my way. Here is the redo….You know it was good when the Hubby who has NEVER liked anything I have ever made with spinach in it, devoured every last bite of it.

Supply List:

4 Boneless chicken breasts

I package of frozen spinach

1/2 cup of bread crumbs (I used panko bread crumbs)

1/2 lb of Salsa pepper jack cheese

Cajun seasoning mix (Recipe here)

Meat tenderizer (soft mallet would work too, just be sure to clean it first)

Parchment paper, plastic wrap, anything to keep the chicken from splattering the counters, your clothes, your face, walls, etc.

Cutting board or something hard to beat the hell of out a chicken breast on.

Baking dish

Skillet

Tooth picks (I did not need any to keep the chicken together, but you may decide that you do)

Instructions:

Place the chicken on a cutting board and put the parchment paper on top of it (covering it completely) and gently beat the hell out of it until it thins out evenly to about 1/4 of an inch in thickness.  (This is especially fun if you have had one of those frustrating days or someone has just gotten on your nerves. You can take some of your frustrations out on the dead bird. Just remember this is dinner and to be gentle with it.)

Chicken breast before...
Chicken breast before…
Chicken breast after being gently beaten....
Chicken breast after being gently beaten….

Place the frozen spinach in a skillet on med low (watching it, as it thaws, so it does not stick to the skillet). It will shred apart easily as it “thaws”.

Spinach thawing....
Spinach thawing….

Once thawed, add seasonings to the spinach.

Cajun seasonings added...
Cajun seasonings added…

Next add the breadcrumbs to the mix.

Breadcrumbs added to the spinach...
Breadcrumbs added to the spinach…

Crumble the cheese and add it to the spinach mix.

Cheese added to the spinach...
Cheese added to the spinach…

Stir until blended together.

Spinach mix ready to go....
Spinach mix ready to go….

Lay out the flattened chicken breasts (OPTIONAL~ if you want quick clean up lay the chicken on top of a sheet of parchment paper) in the baking dish. Generously put the spinach mix on the chicken breast.

Spinach on top of the chicken breast....
Spinach on top of the chicken breast….

Fold over the piece of chicken until is in half.

Folding the chicken over...
Folding the chicken over…
Folding the chicken over...
Folding the chicken over…

If there is any of the spinach mix left over place it on top of the folded chicken.

Ready to be topped with the extra spinach mix...
Ready to be topped with the extra spinach mix…
Ready for the oven...
Ready for the oven…

Bake at 425 until the chicken is a golden color and cooked all the way through. About 30 minutes or so.

Ready for the plate....
Ready to eat…
Golden brown and ready to eat...
Golden brown and ready to eat…

Serve with a side and enjoy….I know we did!

Chicken redo with pasta...
Chicken redo with pasta…
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