Ramblings of Silver Blue


03 Jul

A Taste of Today™

Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Perfection

Not light fare by any imagination, though you could save calories (and fat) by changing to fat-free salad dressing for the marinade; using “lite” sour cream; change from feta to ricotta salata; use low-fat parmasean; and use regular sundried tomatoes rehydrated in water instead of packed in oil. Granted, the taste isn’t going to be exactly the same, however…if you’re trying to watch your waistline, you can take each serving down almost 200 calories per serving, and total fat drops to 18 grams per serving.

INGREDIENTS
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded thin
1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing

8 slices of stale wheat bread, torn
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 (8 ounce) jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
DIRECTIONS
Place chicken breasts in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in Italian dressing, seal tightly, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Place the stale bread, Parmesan, thyme, and pepper into a food processor. Pulse until the bread is processed into crumbs. Seat aside.
In a large bowl, stir together the feta and sour cream. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic. Then add the spinach, and cook until it wilts. Stir in green onions, cook 2 minutes. Remove spinach to a plate, and leave any liquid in the pan. Stir in mushrooms, and sautee until soft. Remove mushrooms to plate with spinach. Allow to cool briefly, then combine spinach and mushrooms with feta and sour cream mixture.
Stir the sun-dried tomatoes into the mixture, and spread onto a large cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Place chicken breasts on a cookie sheet, and place about 3 tablespoons of the filling mixture in the center of each breast. Roll the breasts, and secure with a toothpick. Transfer chicken breasts to a baking dish, and sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over chicken breasts.
Bake, uncovered, in a preheated oven for 25 minutes.

(NUTRITION INFORMATION
Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 701

Total Fat: 43.4g
Cholesterol: 120mg
Sodium: 1277mg
Total Carbs: 34.6g
Dietary Fiber: 5.2g
Protein: 44.9g)

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