How To Make Stuffed Spinach Margherita Chicken

How To Make Stuffed Spinach Margherita Chicken

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!

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First get together your ingredients and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

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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.

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Season each breast with some freshly ground black pepper and salt if you choose (I left salt out and it was still great).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spoon the remaining crushed tomatoes on top of the chicken breasts and add a few more leaves of chopped basil on top.

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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.

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Take out and let cool for about 5 to 10 minutes and put some more fresh basil on the top. Then serve and enjoy!

Ingredients:

Chicken Breast

Sliced Mozzarella Cheese

Crushed Tomato Sauce

Ground Black Pepper

Fresh Basil

Spinach

Garlic

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lay chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound until 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Season breasts with pepper and salt (optional).
  4. Mince garlic and saute in olive oil for a few minutes and then add spinach and basil and saute until wilted.
  5. Lay layer of cheese on chicken breasts and then add a layer of spinach and roll each breast.
  6. Put a layer of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking pan and sprinkle some freshly chopped basil on it.
  7. Place rolled up chicken breast in the pan and then cover with the rest of the sauce on top.
  8. Bake chicken breasts for 20 to 30 minutes until chicken reads a temperature of 160 F.
  9. Take out the pan and place a layer of mozzarella on the breasts and sauce and broil until browned and bubbling.
  10. Take out and sprinkle some fresh basil on top and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

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(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!

36 thoughts on “How To Make Stuffed Spinach Margherita Chicken

  1. Wow now that is what you call a great meal. I really love chicken and cheese so both of those put together sounds like a winner to me. I really appreciate you showing a step-by-step process on how this meal is made. The pictures makes things so much easier to understand. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I look forward to learning more great recipes from you.

  2. That looks really good. As someone who has had a fair amount of success with low carb lifestyle, it’s always great to find new recipes to try, just to keep myself from getting stuck in the rut of wings every night.

    1. Haha I can understand what you mean, and I do love me some wings, but it can be difficult to think up ideas even when there are so many out there. I’m glad you liked this recipe, and be sure to come back around!

  3. Great layout, love your photo quality! Makes me hungry just looking at it, lol. I like that the ingredients are simple. I’m going to make this for my son tomorrow. It looks to good not to try. Thanks for the excellent instructions! đŸ™‚
    Happy cooking! <3

  4. yum, this made my mouth water! I love chicken, especially in combination with tomato and cheese, so this is right up my alley. Thank you for posting this! Blessings!

  5. I’m a big fan of chicken and when I seen that you had spinach in the recipe I thought eww but after reading the recipe in full I’ve found it sounds really good. Not to mention the final product picture really sells it for and makes me wish I could pull the actual food outta the computer. Thanks for the wonderful recipe cant wait to try it out.

    1. I’m glad the pictures could make this recipe appealing for you. I know spinach isn’t at the top of many people’s food favorites, but it worked out pretty well in this recipe. Just be sure to use fresh and saute it yourself, because the canned or frozen stuff just isn’t the same. I don’t care much for that stuff either. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you try out the recipe yourself!

  6. This looks and sounds so delicious and easy. I try to stay low carb and usually cook Saturday nights for my wife. She is great at making stuff up, but I need the recipes, so your step-by-step photos and instructions are perfect for me. I will definitely try this one and look forward to following your site for more recipes. Also, love that you take the time to show the nutrition information.

    1. Thanks so much for coming by. I try to make things spelled out step-by-step so that people can make these recipes without getting confused. I know on a lot of recipe sites they just have pictures of the finished products but i’m left trying to figure out exactly how things go. I also think that nutrition is an important aspect of any diet, especially when trying to count calories or carbs. Thanks again for stopping by! I’ll have more for you soon!

  7. Pete, you’re a genuine cook. If this is an original recipe, you’re something else! Positively mouthwatering, this recipe is. I love that you got this from pizza. Low-carb out of high-carbs!

    What I love about this is that I enjoy most of the ingredients. Admittedly, I hate spinach, but I could see myself including it, since it looks like the spinach taste is overshadowed by the other parts. Plus, it’s the source of that 210% Vit A. Would you say so, Pete? Thanks for the amazing recipe, you’ve done again. Proud to be a regular here.

    1. Hey Makki! I’m so glad that you like the recipe. The recipe is one that I came up with myself based on the inspiration from the pizza I had. I believe the Vit A would be from the spinach and the crushed tomatoes probably. You could always substitute the spinach for some other greens like collars, or you could leave it out and just have stuffed cheese chicken. The spinach doesn’t really play the biggest role in the flavors though, so it would probably be okay regardless. Thanks for being a regular!

  8. Wow, your niche is amazing. Low carb life recipes are great, not only to eat healthy but people can lost weigh naturally from eating low carb foods. You are a great chef. I like your low carb recipes. Nice work

    Sophie64

    1. Thanks so much. I know that being low carb really helped me out in a lot of areas in my life and not just in weight loss. I appreciate you thinking that I am a great chef. I try to make recipes that are easy to follow and delicious to eat. Thanks for coming by!

  9. Oh man, my stomach is literally growling while I’m reading this haha! I have chicken in the freezer too and really wish I had the rest because it sounds delicious and super simple even for me. I am also a huge cheese fan so I tend to apply probably way more than anybody needs. Your post is very helpful with all the pictures for us visual learners, I will be checking out your recipes gallery. Also, thanks for sharing a story!

    1. Haha I’m assuming that your stomach growling while reading means that it looks good to you. It’s tricky getting good photographs sometimes but i’m glad they’re helpful.

  10. Every single one of your posts leaves me hungry….even if I just ate. This is an awesome recipe.

    Question about chicken: what is the right temperature to cook chicken safely at? I’ve heard it’s dangerous to not cook it at the right temperature.

    1. Chicken should always be cooked to reach and internal temperature of 165 degrees F which is suggested by the USDA. I think I cooked this to 160 because I broiled it after and the temperature also rises as you let it rest once it has been taken out of the oven. My chicken always reaches 165 though. I just leave a thermometer in after I take it out to let it rest to make sure as well.

  11. This spinach margherita chicken looks delish! And I’m excited that it is very low in carbs which means I can make it. I just need to use my own tomato sauce as most store-bought cans have added sugar. Thanks for this recipe. I’m adding this to my Pinterest so I won’t loose it. đŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for pinning it! The major carb loader in this recipe would be the tomato sauce used for sure, and I definitely think going your own way for tomato sauce is the way to go.

  12. I can’t describe how hungry those pictures just made me. Really though, that looks amazing. I’m with you, cheese is irresistible to me. How do you think it would come out if you tried this same thing with salmon, maybe just removing or greatly reducing the tomato sauce? Maybe a bad idea, but I’m a bit of an amateur as a cook and like to try different things. Thanks for a great post!

    1. You know that may work out just fine. Playing around with the ratios would be key though. This recipe would probably work better if you cooked the salmon separately from the sauce though, as salmon can get overcooked rather quickly and then adding the sauce, spinach, basil, etc. separately.

  13. Man that’s recipies sounds good. I have has margarita pizzas many times before and the flavors from it are just outstanding. This sounds like it would be extremely good as well. What kind of side dish would you propane with this dish?

    1. I just a salad on the side using the same ingredients as the recipe. Spinach, sliced tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and a little balsamic dressing. It’s fun to have the same ingredients in different preparations for the same meal.

  14. When I first saw this post I thought “ooh that looks yummy, I’d like to try and make that”. Chicken is my favorite meat so I’ll definitely be giving this a go. Also, pizza is one of my favorite dishes. Thank you for a detailed guide.

    1. You are very welcome. Pizza is a favorite of mine, but it doesn’t fit in too well, or at all, in a low carb diet, so I thought these flavors would work well with some chicken, and they did!

  15. That sounds really good! I don’t like cheese, but I can handle mozzarella and I love chicken so I’m going to have to try this!

    1. I hope you do! Cheese is one of my go to snacks and additions to cooking. I always find that it adds a little something extra to any dish.

  16. That looks so delicious.
    I have to try this recipe as soon as I can.

    But I think I have to change the chicken with beef. I prefer beef over chicken.

    1. I am totally with you on the beef idea. I think the flavors would work wonderfully with some nice sirloin that is pounded thin. I may have to make that an upcoming recipe myself. Great idea, and thanks for coming by!

  17. What a great, simple, healthy and appetising dish? Chicken is my favorite source of protein and as I am a big cheese and spinach eater this simple recipe is a must for me. Will try it out later this week

  18. Looks soooooo good! Low carb and high in protein. This is perfect for my diet. Im going to try this soon! I am tired of eating hard boiled eggs and grilled chicken. I need something different now. And I think that this is perfect.

    Thanks!

    1. Hard boiled eggs and grilled chicken are definitely some good staples in a low carb diet, but I would probably get sick of them too. I’m glad my recipe looks appetizing!

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