Spinach Feta Stuffed Chicken

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Spinach Feta Stuffed Chicken is an upgrade from your everyday weeknight chicken recipes - juicy chicken breast perfectly seasoned and baked!

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If you’re looking for a fun way to switch up your chicken dinner recipes, try this spinach feta stuffed chicken. You may have seen the Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed or the Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken and this a similar concept of juicy well seasoned chicken stuffed with a flavorful blend of feta cheese and spinach.

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken served with mixed greens on white plate

Seasoning chicken breast traditionally adds great flavor. But stuffing a chicken breast with a blend of cheese, vegetables and spices takes chicken to another level. It’s the ultimate way to load up chicken breast with more flavor!

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Chicken: Use boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. Cut into them with a sharp knife to make a pocket before stuffing them.
  • Seasonings: Paprika, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder salt and pepper.
  • Oil: For cooking. I like to use olive oil, but canola or vegetable will work great too.
  • Spinach: I’m using frozen spinach for this stuffed chicken recipe. Quickly thaw it in the microwave water for a couple of minutes and then squeeze dry as much as possible. You can also use fresh baby spinach, but chop it up finely so it’s easier to stuff.
  • Feta cheese: This Greek cheese creates a creamy and briny filling. Goat cheese can also be used or even mozzarella cheese if you’d like.
  • Ricotta cheese: This adds a great texture and is mild in flavor and helps everything stick together. Cottage cheese can be used in a pinch.
  • Aromatics for the filling: Chopped scallions, minced garlic and dried dill.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make spinach & feta stuffed chicken

  1. Cut the chicken breasts to form a pocket, don’t cut all the way through.
  2. Season the breasts thoroughly on the outside and even inside.
  3. Mix the filling together and spoon into the chicken breast pocket.
  4. Secure the chicken with toothpicks so that the filling doesn’t fall out.
  5. Sear the breasts on both sides in a skillet, but don’t worry about cooking it through.
  6. Oven bake until the chicken is cooked through and golden on the outside.
6 image collage to show how to cut the chicken, season, stuff and seal along with cooking it in cast iron skillet in oven

Tips for making stuffed chicken

  1. Pound the chicken with a mallet or rolling pin so they are equal in size. This will allow the stuffed chicken to cook evenly in the oven so that they are all done cooking together.
  2. Use an instant read thermometer, which should register at 165F. This is the best way to ensure that your chicken is cooked all the way through. The chicken should be an even and opaque white color throughout when you slice it open.
  3. Don’t overfill the chicken breasts. Divide the stuffing mixture evenly between the chicken and secure them with toothpicks so that the fillings don’t fall out. Remember to remove the toothpicks to serve! 😉
  4. Don’t cut the chicken breasts fully in half. Use a small sharp knife to cut into the breast lengthways to form a pocket. If you cut them all the way in half the filling will leak out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you cook the chicken in?

Because these chicken breasts are cooked on the stovetop and in the oven, you will need to use an oven-safe skillet, a cast iron skillet is ideal. If you don’t have one, you can cook the chicken in a skillet on the stovetop then transfer the breasts to an oven-safe baking dish for the oven time.

How long do leftovers keep?

If you do have leftovers, they will keep well, covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat the chicken, covered with foil, in the oven at 350F for around 15 minutes until warmed through.

What do you serve it with?

This Greek stuffed chicken is perfect to serve with vegetable and potato side dishes for a healthy well balanced meal. Try them with:
Green Bean Salad
Roasted Cauliflower Au Gratin
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Close up shot of spinach and feta stuff chicken on plate

This Greek inspired spinach and feta stuffed chicken is an easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. Simple to make and bursting with flavor, it’s perfect to include on your weekly meal rotation.

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This Spinach Feta Stuffed Chicken recipe was originally published on March 25, 2017. The stuffing ingredients for the chicken have been slightly modified and the recipe post has been updated to include step-by-step photos.

Spinach Feta Stuffed Chicken

Spinach Feta Stuffed Chicken is an upgrade from your everyday weeknight chicken recipes – juicy chicken breast perfectly seasoned and baked!
5 from 50 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 354
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

For the filling

  • 5 ounces frozen chopped spinach thawed squeezed dry
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Make a horizontal slit in the thickest part of the chicken breast to create a pocket, making sure not to cut all the way through.
  • In a small bowl, combine the paprika, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Season the chicken breast with the seasoning and use your hands to rub the seasoning on both sides of the chicken.
  • In a small bowl, combine the spinach, feta cheese, ricotta cheese, scallions, garlic and dill. Stuff the mixture evenly inside the chicken breast, then use a couple toothpicks to close each pocket.
  • Heat a large oven-safe skillet or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then add the stuffed chicken and sear until lightly golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven uncovered and bake until cooked through, about 15-18 minutes. Broil for an additional 1-2 minutes if needed to brown the skin.

Notes

Storage: Leftovers will keep well for up to 4 days in the ridge and can be reheated in the oven at 350ºF.
Tip: Pound the chicken breasts so that they are an even thickness.
Tip: Use and instant read thermometer to check that your chicken is fully cooked through. It should register at 165ºF.

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 133mg, Sodium: 739mg, Potassium: 840mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 4893IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 198mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. I made Chicken with stuffed spinach for dinner . I added Boursin Garlic And Herb Puck Cheese to ricotta cheese filling, it was pretty good . I think next time I will add something spicy , maybe Aleppo pepper .thanks for the receipe

  2. Made this recipe last night for the hubby and it was a hit! Quick, easy and healthy-ish , definitely a keeper! Thanks Yumna!

  3. I made these last weekend and it was YUMMIE!!!
    Thank you for this recipe. Will definitely make them more often.
    – Rob

  4. This recipe is a keeper! Super simple but amazing. I’ve already had friends make it just from my posting a pic!

  5. It’s an excellent recipe! I just cooked it and my family was satisfied. Now one of our favorite dishes for dinner 🙂
    Thank you for sharing with us!

  6. I made this and I had no oven. So I did it in a cooking pan. It was so nice and I use a little bit lemon juice on top. Delicious!!!

  7. AMAZING recipe! Super quick and easy and came out so tasty. Really good for a quick after work meal, and pairs great with mini potatoes (our side of choice). I will definitely be making this again very soon