Sunday, November 11, 2012

Italian Style Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Cutlets

Today hubby and I spent part of the day recuperating from doing yard work all day yesterday!  We ran our weekly errands and did our grocery shopping this afternoon.  Youngest son came over and had dinner with us this evening.  I made Italian Style Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Cutlets.  Essentially they were stuffed with a filling much like I used to make when I made stuffed shells.  The filling was a mixture of fresh spinach, ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, herbs and spices that I rolled up in chicken breast cutlets, dipped them in egg wash and then rolled in Italian seasoned almond flour and Parmesan "breading" and baked until done.  I served them in a little puddle of spicy marinara sauce and added another spoonful on top.  It was delicious.  As a side dish I julienned a mixture of yellow summer squash, zucchini and a carrot into long thin strips and lightly sauteed in olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and black pepper and then topped with a little Parmigiano Reggiano.  It was both colorful and delicious.  I snapped a few photos below for you to see as well as the recipe.  Enjoy!

Fresh out of the oven
Topped with fresh mozzarella, ready to be popped back into the oven to melt
Yellow squash, zucchini and carrots ready to be sauteed


Italian Style Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Cutlets



1 6-oz bag fresh baby spinach leaves (about 3/4 cup chopped and cooked)
1 tablespoon olive oil (for sauteing spinach)
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of cayenne pepper, optional
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, shredded (or Parmesan)

3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Dash of cayenne pepper

Other Ingredients
6 Chicken Breast Cutlets (about 1-1/4 lbs)
Egg wash (1 egg beaten with splash of light cream, salt and pepper)
Paprika (for sprinkling on before baking
6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in strips
Olive oil spray, to coat baking dish
About 1 cup marinara sauce (to top chicken when serving), optional


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  In a medium-high non-stick skillet, put a drizzle of olive oil and quickly wilt the spinach leaves; remove to a mesh strainer and press as much liquid out as possible; place in a medium bowl and set aside to cool.  Place the cooled, well drained spinach on a cutting board and chop well; add back to bowl along with the Italian seasoning,  salt and pepper to taste, garlic powder, optional cayenne, ricotta, shredded Parmigiano Reggiano and mix well.

Mix all breading ingredients together in a shallow bowl.  In a medium bowl, make egg wash by beating an egg with a splash of light cream and pinch of salt and pepper, or to taste.

Lay chicken cutlets out on a cutting board or work area and divide the filling evenly between the cutlets, spreading the mixture evenly on top of the cutlet; roll up lengthwise. Dredge the stuffed chicken bundles in the egg wash and then roll in the seasoned almond flour crumbs and place in a baking pan or dish (seam side down) that has been sprayed or coated with olive oil.  Lightly sprinkle the tops of the breaded cutlets with paprika.  Bake at 375 F degrees for about 30 minutes or until done.  Remove from oven and lay strips of fresh mozzarella on top of cooked stuffed chicken bundles and return to the oven for another 5 minutes or until cheese melts.  Let cool about 5-7 minutes to allow cheeses to set.  Serve topped with a spoonful of marinara sauce, if desired.



Anonymous said...

Making this this week!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hope you enjoy it! :-)

Unknown said...

Looks and sounds so good. I made your chicken pot pie this evening -the entire family loved it - even one who doesn't like pot pies said "mom this is really good". I had left over chicken from a botched attempt at baked chicken nuggets - so I just chopped them up - cooked the veggies and added the chicken in. I had to wait to cook about 3 hours and it was still tasty and the crust so yummy. I had left over crust, so I baked it and my 3 year old grand daughter and 2 year old grand son loved "my" cheesy bread!!! Thank you so much - it is easy and tasty and on my comfort food list. Hubby who is not WGFLC - absolutely loved it so much he ate 2 big helpings! YAY

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks so much Terry -- I am so glad you and your family liked it. My hubby is not WB'd yet either -- but he loves almost everything I make. He just eats the other stuff too for breakfast and lunch...LOL. He seems to have only one foot in the WB life and the other one still in Wheatville -- he will switch over when he is ready to -- I don't believe in trying to talk anyone into anything -- I'd rather lead by example! ;-) Again, glad you liked the chicken pot pie!

Marilynn said...

A quick question - what is a Spirelli and where to I find one?

Also, I tried your Almond Flax pizza the other day...AMAZING! I have tried a couple of versions of cauliflower pizza crust as well as a chicken and cheese crust and your recipe is so fast and easy and totally "holdable" in hand. Chicken Pot Pie is next on my list as well as the "spaghetti" and meat balls. Just have to find a Spirelli now.

Love your recipes! Thanks.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Marilynn! I bought my Spirelli from Amazon -- I'll include a link here for you. So glad you enjoyed the pizza crust -- I have made the cauliflower version before too (just too tedious for me) as well as an all flax version which I like. My favorite so far is the Almond Flax version. It is the best for holding, just like you said! Here is the link for the Spirelli -- it isn't fancy -- just a simple little gadget.