Thursday, March 3, 2011

Stuff It!: Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts

MBH and I try to eat as well as possible whenever possible (ignore that Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Pork Loin a few weeks back).  Whenever we cook at home we look to make lean, heart-healthy meals that are not too complicated.  For some reason every time we make a plan to do this I default to chicken breasts or fish.  Luckily this time around I had a package of 6 SAM's chicken breasts which equates to 15 Publix chicken breasts.  So MBH and I decided to cook the whole package and use the leftovers for lunches.  We decided to stuff a few with feta and spinach while the remainder were grilled with either Frank's buffalo sauce or Williamson Bros. BBQ sauce.

Prep:
For the stuffed breasts MBH provided these instructions:

1. Cook down fresh spinach (or defrost frozen chopped) and cook with 1-2 cloves garlic.
2. Use tenderizer and place chicken breasts in plastic wrap and flatten to approx 1/4 inch thickness.
3. Fill with spinach mixture and cheese of choice (feta, gorgonzola, etc).
4. Roll and close using tooth picks

Next time I would consider putting some grilled onions inside or on top of the chicken.

As for the other breasts, I just covered in their respective sauce and let them marinate for about an hour until the grill was ready.


Few of the stuffed breasts ready to go.


Cooking:
I locked in the grill at 350º with a direct heat setup.  I added a few well soaked hickory chips and placed the grate in.  I set the stuffed breasts in the middle of the grill and the other breasts toward the outside.  I let them go 8 minutes and then flipped and rotated the outter breasts to the center.  I let them go for 8 more minutes and pulled off the smaller breasts.  I let the larger ones go for 3 more minutes on the hottest part of the egg and pulled them off.

Notes:
The chicken was perfect.  The breasts were moist and juicy.  I was concerned about the mixtures of the smoke flavor and the flavors of the spinach and feta but they worked well together.  I would definitely make this again.  The other flavored breasts were heated up for lunches and remained moist and flavorful even when microwaved.  I am still working on finishing the last few breasts this week and I am officially sick of chicken breasts.

The plate for of delicious I pulled off the grill.





NOM NOM NOM!


Greek salad I made with one of the buffalo chicken breasts.


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