Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cheese-Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo

I don't really have too much to say about this except that everyone loved it and I added more phyllo to the outside (4-5 sheets each) so it would have a little more crunch. Everyone loved it and I got to use some of my arugula from the farmers market in the salad.
Cheese-Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo from Southern Living
8 skinned and boned chicken breast halves

1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened and cut up
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
16 frozen phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
Melted butter or margarine
Mixed salad greens

Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/8-inch thickness, using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper, and set aside.
Sauté spinach and onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is tender. Remove from heat, and stir in cream cheese until blended. Stir in mozzarella cheese and next 6 ingredients.
Spoon 1/4 cup spinach mixture on center of each chicken breast half, and roll up, jellyroll fashion.
Unfold phyllo sheets on a lightly floured surface. Stack 2 phyllo sheets, brushing with melted butter between sheets. (Keep remaining phyllo sheets covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.) Place 1 chicken roll on short side of phyllo stack; gently roll up, folding in long side. Repeat procedure with remaining pastry, melted butter, and chicken. Place rolls in a shallow pan, and brush with melted butter.
Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until done. Serve on a bed of mixed greens, if desired.


Jenny said...

Another great looking dinner! I love that phyllo dough. I'll have to give this recipe a try too! Love your recipes!

Prudy said...

Wouldn't that be the best Sunday company dinner. I'm definitely making this one as soon as the heat goes below 100.

Aggie said...

Ooooh...this looks so yummy. I love the phyllo crust, and anything stuffed with cheese works for me! This is pretty impressive looking too!

Cali Angel said...

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