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Saucy Spinach and Cottage Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Easy, delicious, yet healthy stuffed chicken breasts with spinach and cottage cheese, all baked in a hot and bubbly pasta sauce.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken recipes, cottage cheese, healthy dinners, stuffed chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 Serves
Calories 276 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bag (8 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese , divided
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup tomato/spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • chopped fresh parsley , for garnish
  • cooked whole wheat pasta (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Slightly pound each chicken breast to an even thickness - DO NOT pound it thin.
  4. Cut a pocket on the side of each chicken breast and carefully cut it open - DO NOT cut through.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  6. Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet.
  7. Add spinach and garlic; season with a pinch of salt and cook for 2 minutes, or until wilted, stirring frequently.
  8. Remove from heat and let the spinach cool down.
  9. When cool enough, combine spinach, cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, egg white, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl; mix and stir until well combined.
  10. Evenly spoon spinach mixture over prepared chicken breasts.
  11. Seal the chicken breasts with a toothpick and transfer to previously prepared baking dish.
  12. Combine spaghetti sauce and tomato paste in a small mixing bowl; stir until well combined.
  13. Spoon sauce mixture over the chicken pieces.
  14. Cover the dish and bake for 25 minutes.
  15. Uncover and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  16. Put back in the oven and continue to cook for 20 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through.
  17. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes.
  18. Serve as is or over cooked whole wheat pasta.

Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 6

Nutrition Facts
Saucy Spinach and Cottage Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 Stuffed Chicken Breast)
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 861mg 36%
Potassium 1079mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 117.4%
Vitamin C 28.8%
Calcium 31.2%
Iron 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.