Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean  chicken

Feta cheese is mixed with a little fat-free cream cheese, sundried tomato and Kalamata olives and used as a stuffing for chicken. This adds depth of flavor to this Mediterranean dish.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup crumbled basil-and-tomato feta cheese (1 ounce)*
     
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese (1 ounce)

 

  • 2 tablespoons Kalamata olives, chopped

 

  • 1 sun-dried tomato, finely chopped
     
  • skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 pounds total)
     
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
     
  • Dash salt
     
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or cooking oil
     
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
     
  • 1 10 - ounce package prewashed fresh spinach, trimmed (8 cups)
     
  •  tablespoons walnut or pecan pieces, toasted
     
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

 

  • Lemon slices, halved (optional)
     

Directions

  1.  In a small bowl combine feta cheese, suns dried tomato, chopped black olives and cream cheese; set aside. Using a sharp knife, cut a horizontal slit through the thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff pockets with the cheese mixture. If necessary, secure openings with wooden toothpicks. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and salt.
  2.  In a large nonstick skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium-high heat about 12 minutes or until tender and no longer pink, turning once (reduce heat to medium if chicken browns too quickly). Remove chicken from skillet. Cover and keep warm.
  3.  Carefully add chicken broth to skillet. Bring to boiling; add half of the spinach. Cover and cook about 3 minutes or just until spinach is wilted. Remove spinach from skillet, reserving liquid in pan. Repeat with remaining spinach. Return all spinach to skillet. Stir in the nuts and lemon juice.
  4.  To serve, divide spinach mixture among 4 dinner plates. Top with chicken breasts. If desired, garnish with lemon slices. Makes 4 servings.

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