Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast combines spinach, artichokes, and cream cheese in a cheesy chicken breast filling. This baked stuffed chicken recipe is easy to assemble and cooks in minutes for a quick weeknight dinner!
5 chicken breasts, butterflied with a deep slit (see recipe notes)
1/2 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces fresh baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
14 ounce canned artichokes, chopped
4 ounces light cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup fresh parmesan, grated
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
In a large nonstick skillet heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add half of spinach, salt, and pepper. Stir until spinach is wilted.
Continue to add handfuls of spinach until all spinach is wilted. TIP: Placing a lid over the skillet helps the spinach cook down faster.
Reduce heat to low and add artichokes and cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in both mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Set aside.
Place butterflied chicken breasts (see recipe notes) on the prepared baking sheet. On top of each chicken breast drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and paprika. Use your hands to spread olive oil and seasonings evenly over the top of chicken breasts.
Open the chicken and evenly divide spinach artichoke filling. Close the chicken (like a closing a book), and bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken breasts.
For best results, use a thermometer to make sure chicken reaches a temperature of 165ºF.
How to Butterfly to Stuff Chicken Breasts
Butterfly cut chicken breasts to make a pocket for the spinach artichoke filling. Leave the deep slit in the chicken without cutting through to make two halves.
First make a deep slit in the middle of the breast, lengthwise. Start at the thicker end and work the knife through the middle, down to the thinner end.
Cut all the way across until you almost reach other side, so it will open like a bookrce