Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Spinach and Ricotta Chicken for the Whole Family

This is another delicious dish from Jillian Michael's book Making the Cut. It's light, yummy, easy to make,  and great for the whole family. It's got your healthy protein, calcium, folate, vitamin A and iron all in one rolled up bite. I served this with whole wheat couscous. You can serve this to the whole family starting at 10+  months.

Here's what you need for 4 to 6 servings:
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 cup fat free or part skim ricotta cheese
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 (10 oz) package frozen organic chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
1 large egg
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp parsley

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, black pepper, spinach, and egg in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of heavy duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/4 inch thickness using meat mallet or rolling pin. Mix bread crumbs, dash or 2 of salt, rosemary and parsley in a shallow bowl. Dredge each chicken breast through the bread crumb mixture. Divide and spread cheese and spinach mixture evenly over chicken breasts. Roll up jelly-roll fashion. Tuck in sides and place chicken seam side down in a deep baking dish (think lasagna dish). Pour wine and chicken broth over the chicken and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, basting chicken with wine and broth every 10 or so minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until chicken is done. Spoon wine and broth mixture over chicken and serve. Make sure to cut your little one's portion (1/2 cup to 3/4 cup) into bite size pieces. You don't need to serve your little one's portion with sauce. Enjoy!

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