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Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Updated on April 11, 2015

Vegetable Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Chicken is truly a versatile meat as there are so many different ways to prepare it. When it comes to stuffing chicken breasts you can create a flavorful delicious entrée with a few ingredients. You can incorporate cheeses, vegetables, fruit, and even other meats into the stuffing that can satisfy, and delight even the pickiest eaters.

Usually when I'm making a family dinner I will cook everyone the same dish. However when using spinach as one of my ingredients, there is one member of the family that is not too keen about it, so I've accommodated him, which you will see in this recipe.


Chicken breasts stuffed with spinach, bacon and mushrooms. Served with homemade ranch roasted potatoes and coleslaw.
Chicken breasts stuffed with spinach, bacon and mushrooms. Served with homemade ranch roasted potatoes and coleslaw. | Source

Please Note:

For this recipe I made 2 chicken breasts without the spinach. If you are planning to stuff all five breasts with spinach please add two additional ounces of spinach to the ingredients.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 4-5 people
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Ingredients

  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 8 ounces of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1/8 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated fine
  • cooking spray
  • toothpicks
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Bacon is cooked perfectly for the stuffing mix.Pound the chicken with the flat part of the meat mallet.Divide the stuffing up placing it in the center of the flattened breast.Once the chicken breasts are folded and toothpicks are in, place into the baking dish.Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese and pop into the oven.Stuffed chicken breasts are cooked and ready to serve.
Bacon is cooked perfectly for the stuffing mix.
Bacon is cooked perfectly for the stuffing mix.
Pound the chicken with the flat part of the meat mallet.
Pound the chicken with the flat part of the meat mallet.
Divide the stuffing up placing it in the center of the flattened breast.
Divide the stuffing up placing it in the center of the flattened breast.
Once the chicken breasts are folded and toothpicks are in, place into the baking dish.
Once the chicken breasts are folded and toothpicks are in, place into the baking dish.
Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese and pop into the oven.
Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese and pop into the oven.
Stuffed chicken breasts are cooked and ready to serve.
Stuffed chicken breasts are cooked and ready to serve. | Source
There are two little stuffed pieces at the bottom of the plate ... When I was pounding the chicken breasts these two pieces broke off and rather than waste them I stuffed them as well.
There are two little stuffed pieces at the bottom of the plate ... When I was pounding the chicken breasts these two pieces broke off and rather than waste them I stuffed them as well. | Source

"I was a really picky eater as a child. Because I was obsessed by Popeye, my mum and aunts would put my food in a can to represent spinach and we'd hum the Popeye tune and then I'd happily eat it."

Paul O'Grady



Instructions for preparing and cooking the stuffed chicken breasts

  1. An hour prior to starting to prepare the chicken breasts remove frozen spinach from the freezer, and thaw in a colander.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray an oven safe baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Cut bacon into small pieces and fry until bacon begins to render fat. You don't want to overcook the bacon as it will continue to cook once it is in the chicken breast, and cooking in the oven. Remove from the pan, and drain. Set aside.
  4. Place a chicken breast between 2 large pieces of plastic wrap. With the flat side of a meat mallet pound the chicken until flat. If the chicken breast is fairly thick you may want to butterfly it first. Flatten each breast and set aside.
  5. Press the spinach while it is still in the colander removing as much liquid as possible. Add the spinach to a medium sided bowl.
  6. Wash and slice the mushrooms and add 3/4's of them to the spinach. Set the remainder aside as these will be used for the breasts without the spinach stuffing.
  7. Add 1/2 of the cooked bacon to the bowl and set aside the remainder.
  8. Sprinkle the garlic powder into the spinach and mixing all ingredients together that are in the bowl..
  9. Take three of the chicken breasts, one at a time, and spoon 1/3 of the spinach mixture into the center of the flattened breast. Fold edges of the breast over and secure with toothpicks. Place each breast into the baking dish.
  10. With the two remaining chicken breasts add bacon along with the mushrooms to the flattened breast. Fold and secure with toothpicks. Place them into the baking dish.
  11. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with Parmesan cheese, and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and ENJOY!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      MissO, It's hard to cook that bacon and not sample it, but I know you can do it :) It is easy and I'm sure you'll think so too once you've made it. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      spinach, bacon and mushrooms......ahhhhh these ingredients are so good I don't think they'd make it into the chicken.,,haha I've never attempted to make something like this but I've always wanted to give it a try. You make it look so easy. I recently saw a show where they created a dish similar to yours but added a couple more steps, once the chicken was 'almost' cooked, they dredged the stuffed chicken in flour and then did a quick fry for the final step. Your version sounds MUCH healthier. Thanks for sharing...bet it smells great too!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, Watch those sharp knives, they can be a killer :) Hope you and your family enjoy the chicken breasts.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yeah please do...I am making this for dinner tonight! Seems like a fantastic Sunday night dinner. I had to come over and get the list - Dave is going to the store for me:) lol

      I will let you know how it turns out - hopefully I won't slice my thumb off tonight!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, Hope that you like it. I have the slaw recipe around here somewhere :) Maybe I should add a link for it.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      sgbrown, Thanks and I hope that you enjoy the recipe.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This looks so good! I can not wait to try it...I love spinach, bacon and mushrooms - of course chicken:)

      The slaw that is on the plate looks really good too!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This looks great and I already have everything I need! (I love it when that happens.) Everything here is low fat and healthy, always a plus. Gave this 5 stars and will be cooking this, this week! Voted up, useful, pinning and sharing! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks unknown spy.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I always love chicken recipe. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ignugent, You could make his with only bacon. Hope that you enjoy the recipe.

      Ruby, Hope you enjoy it.

      Mama Kim, Thank you and hope you like the recipe.

      Lesley, Thanks!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Another fabulous recipe Susan, thank you.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh these look so good! I'm gong to have to make dinner soon ^_^ I think I have everything but the mushrooms... hm... yup! I'm making this tonight! Thanks for the great recipe ^_^ voting up, useful and awesome and pinning!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This looks so good. I will try making this..Thank you Susan..

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      I can try this one but I am not sure if my husband will like it. He is not a fan of vegetables. Thanks and I will pin it. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GoodLady, Thank you.

      Ruchira, Minus the bacon too :)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      minus the chicken...I could sauté the vegetables on my plate :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ghaelach, Thank you. I'm glad that you enjoy my recipes. You've made my day. I hope that you enjoy this one too.

      Cardisa, Thank you.

      brtbell, The first time I had a stuffed chicken breast I knew I had to start making them myself as I really enjoyed that first one.

      Eddy, Thanks so much!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      The colors look so pretty! It's so appetizing. We love stuffed chicken breasts too and we make them a little like this in Italy, but we have never tried with spinach. It's a lovely idea. Voting and pinning this great recipe so I don't lose it.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful recipe for my recipe book. Mmm I can almost taste it.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This looks yummy. I'm not usually one for stuffing the breasts but I you make it look easy! Thank you!

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Very tasty looking. I loved stuffed chicken breasts and this looks so scrumptuous.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pamela

      drbj

      Mhatter

      viewfinders

      Thank you all so much.

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Morning Susan.

      You know me, any time you publish a chicken recipe I'm into it straight away.

      Over the time I've been at HP I must have tried all that you've shared and I won't be missing this one either. It will be on the table over the weekend.

      Guten Appetite.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      viewfinders 4 years ago from God's own country(kerala)

      It looks delicious,thanks for sharing with us,voted up and sharing.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great recipe. Thank you. This is a great vitamin transfer.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      The recipe seems delicious, Susan, but I will make it sans spinach. I am not a Popeye fan.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      The stuffed chicken breasts look delicious and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, Thanks and I hope that you and Bev enjoy the recipe.

      Jools, I always leave the skins on the potatoes whenever possible. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

      Carol, The chicken tends to fuse together quite nicely while it's cooking.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This does sound delish... I have always stayed away from stuffed anything thinking it would fall apart. This one sounds easy enough and certainly worth trying.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      This looks delicious. I have only recently started to eat spinach and this is a great way to serve it rather than as a side vegetable. Your potatoes look lovely as well; they always taste nicer in their skins :o) Will definitely give this a try, thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Any chicken recipe is a recipe for me. Love this one! Giving it to Bev because there is no way it will taste good if I make it. :)