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Walnut-Crusted Chicken with Spinach Stuffing

October 2006
Walnut-Crusted Chicken with Spinach Stuffing

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 40 mins

Cook: 35 mins

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 10 ounces baby spinach (about 12 cups)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 8 ounces chopped walnuts (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded 1/4 inch thick
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the spinach and wilt, about 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper. When cool, squeeze excess water out of the spinach and chop. In a bowl, toss the spinach with the goat cheese.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts with the 2 tablespoons flour until finely chopped; transfer to a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place the remaining 1/2 cup flour on a clean plate.
  3. Coat 1 side of each chicken breast with the flour, then dip in the egg mixture and the walnuts. Place the chicken on a work surface, coated side down, and spread the top with one-fourth of the spinach mixture, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Roll up from the long side, jelly-roll style, and place, seam side down, on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Bake the chicken until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Let stand, covered loosely with foil, for 15 minutes; slice into rounds.
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