I will begin with sharing a recipe I tried out tonight....
Feta Chicken Breasts
(courtesty of Family Circle dec.09)
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed
8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
6 thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 4 oz each
1/2 teaspoon paprika
6 slices bacon
~Heat oven to 325. Place a rack in a large baking pan.
~Drain and squeeze liquid from spinach. In a medium-size bowl, mix together spinach, feta, mayonnaise and garlic.
~In batches, place chicken breasts between sheets of waxed paper and pound to 1/8-in. thickness. Place about 1/3 cup of filling down the center of each chicken breast. Roll up and secure each with 2 toothpicks.
~Sprinkle the paprika. Wrap a slice of bacon around each piece of chicken and place on the prepared rack.
~Bake at 325 for 55-60 mins. or until internal temp. reads 160 on an instant-read thermometer. Run under the broiler for a minute or two, if desired.
I did some motifications to the above recipe. Bear isn't too keen on garlic so I just left it out. We were out of paprika so I didn't use any. Instead of using 6 chicken breasts since it was just dinner for the two of us, I took 3 chicken breasts and cut them in slices lengthwise. Instead of placing them between waxed paper and pounding, I just put three slices in a sandwich bag, at a time, and pounded them. The only problem I discovered was that because I cut the chicken in half, there was extra filling after I rolled them up.
My solution was to use that as an extra side item/appetizer. So I put some bacon on top and cooked it along side the chicken in a small dish. It went well with some chips!
Also I used turkey bacon on some and regular bacon on others. They both were a success. Overall, I believe this recipe was a success! It sort of seemed like "fancy food" to me! And most of all, Bear liked it!