chicken roll dinner

Feta and spinach stuffed chicken

The other day, I came home and was trying to figure out how to make the dinner I had planned. On my four-day meal plan (I can only do serious cooking Thursday through Sunday because of my job), I had jotted down chicken and potatoes. But, I had yet to decide exactly how to make the chicken and potatoes.

chicken roll dinner
Feta and spinach stuffed chicken with hash browns and broccoli.

In my fridge I also had spinach and feta (unfortunately no onions were in the kitchen) available. So, I decided that I would try something I had never made before and after some research, decided on feta and spinach stuffed chicken with a side of hash browns. For the chicken, I adapted from this recipe.

What you’ll need
1 lb chicken cutlets
1 – 2 cups of spinach
crumbled feta cheese (as much as you want)
2 freshly pressed garlic cloves
white pepper
salt (I used Himalayan sea salt)
roasted and crushed pumpkin seeds (a 1/2 or 1 cup should do)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Clean the chicken cutlets of any fat or tendons. You may end up with two medium sized pieces and two smaller cutlet pieces. Lay them individually out on a flat surface and cover with plastic wrap. Then pound them until flat (I used my garlic press for this as well, it’s quite a versatile tool) and even. Sprinkle with a little salt and cayenne pepper.

In a nonstick pan, heat a small bit of olive oil. Add the spinach, garlic, pepper and cook for a couple minutes. Stir in the crumbled feta and cook until it’s slightly melted. Remove the pan from heat.

feta and spinach chicken rolls
The feta and spinach chicken rolls ready to go into the oven.

Spread one side of the chicken with the feta and spinach mix, then taking one end of the cutlet, roll the chicken until the feta spinach layer is no longer visible. The original recipe says to secure with toothpicks, but I didn’t have those, so I just made sure to face the open end downward.

Drizzle chicken rolls with juices from the feta and spinach mixture, then coat with pumpkin seeds (a much tastier option than breadcrumbs).

chicken roll close up
Close up of the chicken roll.

Place chicken rolls in oven-safe dishes and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

cooked chicken roll
Close up of the cooked chicken roll.
chicken roll cut open
What the inside of the feta and spinach chicken roll looks like. Delicious.

Plate and serve with your choice of sides. The hash browns I made are from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter and turned out wonderfully browned and crunchy.

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