Monday, July 4, 2011
Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Spicy Peas & Mushrooms
Happy 4th of July everybody!
We've been enjoying our 3-day weekend by being lazy and relaxing! I really don't want to go back to work tomorrow - but gotta pay those bills, right?
We'll be heading over to my parent's house today for some eats and apparently a Mario Party party - my sisters are addicted (and maybe we can be entertained by watching my mother try to play too, hehe!).
Anyway, I made this dinner a couple weeks ago after our CSA included these amazing peas. They're just beautiful, aren't they? Enjoy your Monday guys!
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large chicken breasts, pounded to about 1/2 inch thickness
salt and pepper, to taste
3 thai chiles, chopped
8 oz. package of sliced Portobello mushrooms
1 to 1 & 1/2 cups shelled peas
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Place spinach in a microwave-safe bowl and add about a tablespoon or two of water. Place in microwave for about 2-3 minutes, or until wilted. Let cool slightly.
Stir in sour cream, parmesan cheese, and about half of the minced garlic.
Lay the chicken breasts flat and spoon about half of the spinach mixture on top of each. Either roll the chicken breasts or just fold up and tie with kitchen string to seal. Place chicken breasts in a greased baking dish (seam side-down) and top with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Bake for about 35 minutes, or until chicken is white throughout and Parmesan on top is golden brown.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet under medium high heat and melt butter. Add remaining minced garlic and thai chiles and saute for about a minute or so. Add mushrooms and cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until mushrooms start to "sweat". Add in peas and cook an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve chicken breasts atop a big heaping of the mushroom and pea mixture.
This was definitely one of those weeknight meals that you say "wow" to. The chicken was juicy and the mushroom & pea mixture complimented it perfectly with just the right amount of spicy kick! If you're struggling to find a good weeknight meal that fresh, seasonal, and tasty - look no further!