Welcome to another Not So Fat Friday. I almost called this dish Fridge Door Baked Chicken because I created it in order to get rid of some things on my - yep, you guessed it - fridge door. You know the stuff I'm talking about - half jars of olives or roasted red peppers that you haven't used up, or the bit of shredded cheese left in the crisper.
I call it Club Med-iterranean because I worked as an au pair in the Bahamas Club Med for a month when I was younger. And the olives & roasted red peppers give it a mediterranean flair.
This dish has a little more fat than the others I have posted but they are healthy fats from the olives & olive oil. Just a little bad fat comes from the cheese but use sparingly.
2 thick boneless chicken breasts
Salt & Pepper
About a cup of roasted red peppers from jar, drained
2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
2 tblsp of kalamata olives or your favorite
1 tblsp of olive oil
Herb stuffing mix or bread crumbs (optional)
White wine or chicken broth (optional)
Pre-heat over to 350. Split the chicken breasts to butterfly them & pound thinly with a mallet, until flat & uniform. Season with salt & pepper. Set aside.
Combine roasted red peppers, spinach & olives in a bowl. Toss with olive oil & sprinkle with a little salt & pepper. Spoon mixture over one side of chicken breast, top with a little mozzarella cheese. Fold over other side of chicken. Sprinkle with salt & pepper & top with just a little herb stuffing mix or bread crumbs.
The cheese below was asiago but I used mozzarella after & it was much better! Just didn't get a picture of it.
Place chicken in a baking dish & pour a little wine or broth in the dish. This is optional, I just think it keeps the chicken moist & gives a steaming effect. Bake for about 20 minutes or until juices run clear. Ovens will vary.
I had leftover filling & chicken so 2 days later I made a little more but this time pan fried the chicken in just a tiny bit of olive oil. I didn't bread the top & just turned it carefully to cook the other side. It was equally enjoyable but if you're cooking for more than 2 it's easier to bake!
Have a great weekend everyone!
And Happy Valentine's Day!!!!