So a few days ago we were on our wonderful trip to the Florida Keys and Key west, which I’ll probably create a post on the great food we ate, and one evening we ordered in a pizza from a local mom and pops shop located by Mallory Square (awesome place to see the southernmost sunset in the United States). Pizza is obviously not low carb, but we were on vacation and the place delivered to our bed and breakfast!
I saw they had a Margherita Pizza, and it was just absolutely the perfect summer pizza. With a robust tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil, and some pepperoni added onto it, it was beautifully delicious in it’s simplicity. I actually enjoyed the pizza so much that I was inspired to make up this new recipe of some Stuffed Margherita Chicken.
With the flavors of tomato, garlic, basil, spinach, and mozzarella being the major players here, this simple ingredient dish came out delightfully delicious for my family, whom we were visiting at the time. The only spices used were pepper, garlic, basil, and the only other ingredients were some crushed tomatoes, chicken, spinach, and mozzarella. The best thing about this dish was the stuffed aspect of the chicken.
By thinly pounding the chicken and then rolling up some sauteed spinach and mozzarella into the thin breasts, the cheese melted and mixed with the spinach creating an almost decadent filling when the chicken was cut open. The crushed tomatoes added just the perfect amount of sweetness and acidity, and because I just bought some crushed tomatoes in a can with no sugar added, I knew that the sweet was only coming from the tomatoes themselves and not any added sugar.
You all know I love cheese, and what could be better than adding some cheese on top of the chicken and then broiling it again. This dish just seemed to be the perfect summer dish with bright fresh flavors exuding deliciousness in every bite. I hope you all like it!
First get together your ingredients and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Get a piece of plastic wrap and lay your breasts on it. You can do multiple breasts on a single long piece of plastic wrap or you can just do one at a time and replace the breast in the wrap after it is pounded thinly. Proceed to pound each breast until they are about 1/2 an inch to a 1/4 of an inch thick.
Season each breast with some freshly ground black pepper and salt if you choose (I left salt out and it was still great).
Chop about 2 to 3 cloves of garlic and about 5 to 6 of the fresh basil leaves and lightly saute in a large pan with a little olive oil.
Once the garlic starts to cook, add the fresh spinach to it and saute until the spinach wilts and cooks down. Once done, put the spinach in a bowl and let cool off for a little bit.
Get your chicken breast and put about two slices of mozzarella on each one (at least enough to cover one side, and then spread spinach on top of each breast on top of the cheese.
Get a baking pan and spread out about half the can of crushed tomatoes on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle some of the garlic and basil on top of the sauce.
Roll up the chicken breasts and place into the pan. It’s okay if they touch as the sauce will help to cook everything evenly.
Spoon the remaining crushed tomatoes on top of the chicken breasts and add a few more leaves of chopped basil on top.
Bake for about 20-30 minutes then take out and layer mozzarella slices covering the entire top and broil for a few minutes until the cheese begins to brown and melt.
Take out and let cool for about 5 to 10 minutes and put some more fresh basil on the top. Then serve and enjoy!
Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
Crushed Tomato Sauce
Ground Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Lay chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound until 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick.
- Season breasts with pepper and salt (optional).
- Mince garlic and saute in olive oil for a few minutes and then add spinach and basil and saute until wilted.
- Lay layer of cheese on chicken breasts and then add a layer of spinach and roll each breast.
- Put a layer of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking pan and sprinkle some freshly chopped basil on it.
- Place rolled up chicken breast in the pan and then cover with the rest of the sauce on top.
- Bake chicken breasts for 20 to 30 minutes until chicken reads a temperature of 160 F.
- Take out the pan and place a layer of mozzarella on the breasts and sauce and broil until browned and bubbling.
- Take out and sprinkle some fresh basil on top and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
(Note – Serving size is one breast. Rough estimate of nutrition).
Well there you go guys. A delicious and nutritious stuffed margherita chicken breast meal. I hope you enjoyed it and give it a try. If you liked this post please like and share it, and if you’d like more, feel free to sign up for my mailing list. Thanks!