Blog Title: The Succulent Life
Blog Post Title: Succulent Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Succulent Stuffed Chicken Breasts
I am Lawrence Di Franco, a Bachelor of Commerce: Marketing student at Humber College; I am a food enthusiast, BBQ specialist, and author of The Succulent Life. The succulent life is Facebook page where I post daily awesome food recipes, healthy eating, and general food posts. Feel free to submit your favorite food recipes and we will post them! I acquired my knowledge and love of food mostly by watching and cooking with my Italian grandmother who I would classify in my books as a master chef, I also spent a lot of my free time as a kid watching Food Network, trying to replicate or improve dishes I saw on television. I originally wanted to go to culinary school, but my love for business and money took over my passion for cooking, leaving that as my fallback if things ever went south.
I think that it is safe to say that we all know chicken is a crowd pleaser, however most of the time it feels like it is formulaic or should I say boring. Why settle for the average boring grilled or baked chicken when you can do so many different simple recipe modifications and create dishes you didn’t think you were capable of making! I am personally a huge chicken fan, for two main reasons; chicken goes with almost anything, and you can season chicken with practically almost any flavor combinations making it one of the simplest meats to indulge in. However you have to be very careful with cooking chicken because of the amount of bacteria and health issues that could arise from eating raw chicken. So if you’re interested in making a fast and easy dish that tastes like something a fancy restaurant would server you, I have a recipe for you that will maximize the chickens flavor all with the same old ease of making your weeknight chicken. Stuffed chicken breasts pack an explosive gift of flavor in every bite. You can add your favorite ingredients to the recipe to personalize your extra oomph factor or simply follow the instructions below for what I think is an amazingly tasteful and beautiful dish you can serve your family, treat yourself or surprise your significant other with.
However before we get into how to create this delicious piece of art, I would like to remind you that you should feel free to modify aspects of any recipe given to you to fit your taste buds desires. Sure everyone can generally like a great tasting dish, but to truly fall in love with what you’re eating, that is a whole other story. We are all made differently, thus we react differently to certain tastes; some people may like there food salty, some may like it extra spicy, and some people even like there food plain, so finding the perfect recipe is more focused towards the physical dish its self and not the spices going on to it because those can all be modified to fit your wants. When you’re cooking for yourself or people close to you and you know what flavors they like, I recommend you experiment a bit with your flavor combinations. How else will you learn what tastes good with what, “you have to learn how to walk before you can run.”
So now for the part you all have been waiting for… the part where you will learn how to create a five star dish… the part where you can stun the people close to you…this beautifully succulent stuffed chicken breast recipe!
The Ingredients: 4 Chicken breasts, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), 1 bag of spinach, 1 cup of feta cheese, ½ cup butter (melted)
The Rub: 2 tablespoons of dried oregano, 2 tablespoons of dried thyme, 2 tablespoons of dried basil, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of EVOO, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 table spoon of paper.
Directions: Mix your rub together. Prepare your chicken breasts for stuffing, cut the breast almost in half but obviously not all the way through because you need to seal the stuffing in. Cook the spinach in garlic and oil on the stove top until it is done. Distribute the cooked spinach inside the four opened chicken breasts. Add as much feta as you like (personally I love feta so I would add more than a cup) to all the chickens. Wrap chicken around mixture and secure with a toothpicks (make sure they aren’t flavored tooth picks… trust me it will not be pleasant). Roll the stuffed chickens in your dry rub. Place in a nonstick baking dish and pour the melted butter over them. Cook for thirty minutes and serve with potatoes, asparagus or a bed of rice. You can also serve the left-over cooked spinach mix as a side (people tend to love the mix).
If you do try this recipe, leave your feedback on how you/ your friends liked it and how many stars you would give it! Also I am very open to hear how you would change up this recipe to make it better!
Recipe courtesy of: Lawrence Di Franco
Submitted by: Lawrence Di Franco
Submitted to: Daniel Schneider