Chicken Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Arugula

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Adapted from Food Network Magazine Great Easy Meals: 250 Fun & Fast Recipes‘s Pepper-Jack Chicken with Succotash

Total Time (cooking & preparation): 40 minutes
Serves 4

1/2 cup of cream cheese (I would use a little less next time)
4 cups of baby arugula, chopped
2 (12 oz or 340 g) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt
1-2 tablespoon of Montreal chicken seasoning (or Cajun spices)*

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the cream cheese and arugula in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Make a slit in each chicken breast to create a 2-inch pocket. Stuff the breasts with the arugula mixture.
  4. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and season with salt and other seasoning*.
  5. Heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat until hot. Cook the chicken on one side for 3-4 minutes, until blackened, then flip over and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Insert a meat thermometer. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until thermometer reached the appropriate temperature.
  7. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice the chicken.

This is a very easy recipe (and not time-consuming) that looks and tastes impressive. I like the flavour of arugula stuffed in the chicken. Next time, I will try a different type of cheese.

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2 responses to “Chicken Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Arugula

  1. Sounds like a great dish. I think I agree about the cream cheese…probably just enough to keep the arugula together inside the chicken. Wishing you all the best this year with all you wish to accomplish.

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