We all already know this, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again. I love one skillet meals. This is almost a one skillet meal– I made the bacon and spinach for another recipe, so I doubled what I needed for the first recipe to make this recipe much, much easier!
I am still in love with the apple stuffed chicken over the summer, so I thought I would take a new take on it for the wintertime. It was a hit! This bacon and spinach stuffed chicken seemed like a pretty healthy recipe to me. Granted, it has bacon and cheese in it, but divided among four chicken breasts, it’s not too much fat per serving. I felt like it was complete and healthy meal in just one chicken breast- I hope you agree!
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 2 cups fresh spinach, cooked/wilted
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1 cup shredded cheddar/fiesta blend cheese
- 3 tbs Panko bread crumbs
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 tbs cold water
- 1 tbs cornstarch (flour also works)
- Servings: 4
- Difficulty: easy
Slice pockets in chicken breasts. If the pockets aren’t perfect, don’t worry. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine the spinach, bacon, cheese, and garlic salt. Divide the spinach and bacon mixture between the chicken breasts, stuffing it into the pockets. I had much more mixture than would fit in the chicken breasts. If this happens to you, just add it in the skillet along with the chicken breasts.
In a large, nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken breasts in a single layer, about 5 minutes per side. After browning both sides, pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover the skillet and simmer the chicken for 10-15 minutes, until cooked through.
Remove the stuffed chicken and apples to serving platter.
In a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and cornstarch and stir the cornstarch mixture into the juices left in the skillet. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking or stirring, until the mixture is bubbling and thickened slightly. You can pour the gravy through a fine mesh strainer, but I didn’t do this- I liked having such bacon and spinach in the gravy. Pour gravy over the chicken.