Friday, April 25, 2014

Ricotta and spinach stuffed chicken breast


Every time I make any form of Ravioli it's always a struggle to find a reason to use the leftover ricotta cheese. I know I can make pancakes or stuffed shells or plenty of other things, but it's still difficult before the ricotta cheese goes bad. I ended up making this stuffed chicken breast the last time I made ravioli and it did not disappoint. It was deliciously cheesy, easy and cooked through quickly. It was perfect with some pasta for an easy weeknight dinner.

I apologize that I do not have a recipe. I just kind of throw shit together on dishes like this. It's like magic

Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

Ingredients
  • 2 handfulls of baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • a few tablespoons shredded parmesean cheese
  • 4 basil leaves, chiffonade
  • oregano
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • flour
  • egg
  • breadcrumbs
  • 2 chicken breasts
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Sautee a little garlic in olive oil, then wilt the spinach until just cooked. Let cool and squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible.
  3. Roast the red bell pepper over a grill or burner to char the skin until black. Let cool and peel off blackened skin. Remove seeds and ribs and dice small.
  4. Mix spinach and red pepper with cheeses, herbs, spices, salt and pepper. Adjust to taste, adding more cheese as necessary.
  5. Butterfly chicken breasts by cutting a slit down the side and opening up a pocket. Fill the pocket with cheese mixture  and pin closed as best as possible with toothpicks of cocktail skewers. 
  6. Bread the chicken in flour, egg and breadcrumbs.
  7. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium high heat with olive oil. Sear chicken for 2 or 3 minutes on each side until golden crust forms
  8. Finish chicken in the oven for 10 more minutes or until cooked through. Let cool a couple minutes before serving.
Note: if you have extra filling, you can make more chicken, save it for pasta or use it as a warm dip/topping for french bread. Don't really worry about making too much.

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