Spanakopita Stuffed Chicken

I can distinctly remember when I started liking spanakopita as a kid. It was the first food I can remember going from hating to loving. Until I was around nine years old I was turned off by the fact that it had spinach in it which I deemed “yucky!” Every time my mom made spanakopita she also had to make tiropita so that I would eat something.

Now Spanakopita is one of my favorite foods, but I don’t have it very often. With my schedule it’s not something that’s quick to make, and the filo used doesn’t make it the healthiest option for me outside of special occasions.  This recipe was born out of wanting the taste of spanakopita in a healthier version.  On the plus side it’s one of my boyfriend’s favorite dishes! I think the spinach and feta keep the chicken from getting too dried out

The weather was perfect this weekend so I cooked this up with my boyfriend, along with some skewered red potatoes on the grill. It was my first time cooking it on the grill and it turned out perfectly, (despite some of my shoddy grill skills which I won’t document here). My boyfriend has a lactose intolerance so I just made his without feta and it turned out just as good.

Thaw your frozen spinach and squeeze out the excess water.  Then combine with the feta.

Mix it up! YUM!
Mix it up! YUM!

Cut a slit in the chicken breast. This isn’t an exact science but my slits were about 2 inches deep and maybe 3 inches wide? I like to get as much stuffing in them as possible though. That’s the yummy stuff!

20140607_205559Stuff your chicken, enough to fill it up but not so much that it will spill out. I did have some spillage on the grill but nothing too bad. I forgot to get a picture with the chicken seasoning. 20140607_211036

Heat up your grill to medium heat and place breasts on the grill. Let them cook for about 15 minutes on each side. Definitely check that it’s done before you take it off though, there’s nothing worse than raw chicken! I usually just slice in and see if it’s cooked through for peace of mind

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Serve and Enjoy!

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Spanakopita Stuffed Chicken

8 oz Frozen Spinach, thawed and drained

½ cup Feta, or more! More feta is always good 🙂

6 Chicken Breast

Parsley, Oregano, salt and pepper to taste

Heat grill to Medium heat

Combine frozen spinach and feta in a small bowl

Cut a pocket in the side of the chicken breast

Stuff Spinach/feta mixture into chicken breast. Season with parsley and oregano salt and pepper to taste

Once grill has heated place chicken on the grill cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and repeat on other side.

Serve and Enjoy!