5ouncesfrozen spinachthawed and drained (squeeze all the water out of the spinach
6sundried tomatoes in olive oilchopped (more for garnish)
¼cupchopped fresh parsleymore for garnish
Make the filling. In a mixing bowl combine the ricotta cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, chopped walnuts (save ¼ cup walnuts for later), spinach, sundried tomatoes, parsley, garlic and oregano. Add a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper. Drizzle with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. Mix until well combined.
Pat the chicken breast dry and season on both sides with Kosher salt and black pepper.
Now, you need to make a pocket in each chicken breast. Lay a chicken breast flat on a cutting board. Place a hand firmly on top of the breast. Insert a good chef’s knife in the thickest part of the breast and cut through to make a pocket about 3 to 4 inches wide (only cut ¾ of the way in or you will split the chicken breast).
Spoon the stuffing mixture into the pocket of each chicken breast (try to equally divide the stuffing among all four pieces).
In a large cast iron skillet, heat 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add the chicken in and cook on one side for 5 to 7 minutes, then turn over and cook on the other side for another 5 minutes or so (chicken’s internal temperature should register 165 degrees F).
Remove from heat and allow the chicken 3 to 5 minutes to rest. If you like, slice the chicken up into smaller pieces and garnish with the remaining walnuts, a bit of parsley and sundried tomatoes. Enjoy!
To serve. If you leave the stuffed chicken breasts whole, you can serve 4 people (this is a very generous serving). But I like to slice up the chicken breasts, which shows off the beautiful stuffing and also allows me to serve more people (6).
Baked option: You can bake this chicken in a lightly oiled baking dish at 350 degrees F heated for about 16 to 18 minutes or until the internal temperature at the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F.