Spinach, Tomato, Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

I'm always trying to come up with quick, easy, week night dinners. My goals are usually, less than an hour start to finish, and as few ingredients as possible. I hate, h a t e, cleaning up after making dinner, so I figure the fewer ingredients I use, the less cleanup there will be. Does that make sense, maybe not but just go with it.

The other night I wanted something healthy, hearty, and that would make for good left overs for the next day. I threw together some of my favorite flavors in an adaptation of a shrimp dish I used to make all the time. See recipe below:

Spinach Tomato Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken:

1 butterflied boneless+skinless chicken breast (your grocery meat counter will butterfly it for you)

1/2 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

1oz. goat cheese [plain or herbed]

1/2 clove fresh garlic

1 small vine tomato, sliced

1 tbsp EVOO

Salt + Peper to taste


Prep: preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Always rinse raw chicken and pat dry before beginning the cooking process. Lay the butterflied chicken breast  out and layer on garlic, tomato slices, goat cheese and spinach. Dash of salt and pepper here, if you like.

Next, have your toothpicks ready to go: gather the edges of the chicken and bring them together, using toothpicks to hold the edges together where needed.

Oil your oven-safe cooking dish and place the stuffed chicken in the oven for 30min. (Use a cooking thermometer to be sure the chicken is at least 140 degrees at it's thickest point to be sure it is cooked enough.)

While your chicken is cooking it's a great time to throw together your side dish, salad and/or my delish mashed cauliflower [in place of potatoes]!

Tip: Stuffed chicken sound like more work than you're up for?  [we all have those nights] Just baked a chicken breast at 350 degrees for 30 min, put the spinach, tomato + garlic  in a sautΓ© pan until spinach is wilted and flavors come together [5-10 min based on your preference]. Serve over mashed cauliflower with spinach sautΓ© and crumble goat cheese on top if desired. Leftovers make a great chicken sandwich for lunch or dinner the next day!