Love this chicken breast filling – makes it juicy and is low cal! Good also for Cooking with Kids
Chicken breasts can be dry. These are not. Use feta ( we make our own!) and tapenade which along with olive oil makes this yummy. Play the Potty Song for fun! I have adapted this from myrecipes.com.
- 4 5- to 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves ( we only use organic chicken)
- 2 ounces crumbled Feta ( here is our home made feta in brine)
- 4 tablespoons black-olive tapenade or paste
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup salsa fresca ( chopped tomatoes and onions with cilantro if you prefer)
- 1 5-ounce package baby spinach
- 1 large lemon ( below is Jack reading me my recipe – he taught himself to read at 4!)
- 4 tablespoons capers packed in liquid (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Cut a 2-inch pocket in the thickest part of each chicken-breast half.
- In a small bowl, combine the Feta and tapenade, then stuff ¼ of the mixture into each pocket. This is something that the children can do – and tasting is permitted! I have found that my eldest grandson Jack LOVES feta! Who knew?
- In a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil on medium to high heat.
- Season the chicken with the pepper and add it to the skillet, cooking 2 minutes on each side or until brown. ( My husband doesn’t like pepper so we go light on this part).
- Transfer to an oven-safe baking dish drizzled with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and bake for 18 minutes.
- When the chicken is 5 minutes from being finished, put the remaining olive oil and the salsa in the skillet and heat through. How do you tell when it is nearly ready? Prick it with a toothpick or a fork and see if the juices are pink or colorless. Pink means it needs more cooking. Colorless means it’s ready!
- Add the spinach and cook until slightly wilted. This happens VERY quickly.
- Slice the chicken and serve it with a squeeze of lemon juice and the capers, if desired, with the spinach on the side.
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