Chicken Stuffed with Ricotta Cheese and Spinach - tender boneless chicken breasts pounded thin and then rolled up with a savory mixture of ricotta cheese, herbs and spinach. This is another Family Friendly Chicken Recipe that's perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Don't you just love when you find an easy chicken recipe? Chicken really is an easy protein to work with for dinner. But it can get boring if you are constantly using the same recipes.
This recipe for ricotta stuffed chicken is an updated version for Skinnytaste Style Chicken which is a very popular recipe here on the blog that I posted a few years ago.
So why update it? Well, I wanted to see if I could make it without the breadcrumbs or added mozzarella cheese as the original recipe calls for. I like THIS version so much better.
This Italian stuffed chicken breast with ricotta cheese and spinach makes a great dinner recipe. I know your family will love this recipe as much as mine.
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- Meat Tenderizer - for years I used the back of a stainless steel measuring cup. This meat tenderizer works so much better!
- Instant Read Digital Thermometer
- Pyrex Clear Baking Dishes - these are my favorite. I love the ones with lids to help with leftovers or preparing food earlier in the day.
This is an overview of the ingredients and instructions. Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact quantities, detailed instructions and special notes.
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts; pounded thin
- Parmesan cheese
- Frozen spinach; squeezed dry
- Ricotta cheese
- Homemade marinara sauce - try my Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce!
- Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, spinach and Parmesan cheese together. Make sure your spinach is squeezed completely dry.
Place boneless chicken breasts on top of waxed paper and lightly pound them with the flat side of a meat mallet until the chicken is even in thickness.
Spread some of the cheese/spinach mixture on top of each chicken breast. Roll each chicken breast up and secure with toothpicks if needed.
Cooking Tip: Use a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper on top of the cutting board to make cleanup easy!
Spread a layer of marinara sauce in the bottom of a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Place each chicken breast in the baking dish seam side down.Sprinkle each chicken breast with the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
Side Dishes to Serve:
I served buttered noodles with steamed broccoli alongside this recipe. But I think you could serve spaghetti or even sauteed zucchini. My recipe for zucchini casserole would make a perfect side dish as well as Fresh Tomato Salad.
Tried this recipe? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to rate it!
Like this recipe? Try these other Chicken Dinner Recipes:
- Hasselback Chicken Stuffed with Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil
- Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
- Chicken Cutlets Italian Style
- Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
Chicken Stuffed with Ricotta Cheese and Spinach
Chicken Stuffed with Ricotta Cheese and Spinach, Parmesan cheese baked and served with marinara sauce on top.
- 5 boneless chicken breasts pounded thin
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese divided
- 1 egg
- ½ cup frozen chopped spinach squeezed dry
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 5 slices Mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup marinara sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix the breadcrumbs together with half of the Parmesan cheese, set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, spinach and remaining Parmesan cheese together. Make sure your spinach is squeezed completely dry.
- Lay the chicken cutlets out on a cutting board and spread about 2 tablespoons of the cheese and spinach mixture on top of each cutlet.
- Roll each chicken breast up and secure with toothpicks.
- Beat the egg and place in a flat dish.
- Dip the cutlets in the egg and then in the breadcrumb/Parmesan cheese mixture.
- Place seam side down in a baking dish that has been sprayed and bake in a 425 degree oven for about 25 minutes.
- Remove baking dish from oven and spread tomato sauce over each chicken cutlet and top with a slice of mozzarella cheese
- Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the Internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
Make sure the spinach is squeezed dry before adding it to the ricotta cheese.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 432Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 716mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 54g
The nutrition information is calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee its accuracy. If this data is important to you, please verify with your trusted nutrition calculator.
This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2016 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!
Made a version of this tonight. Didn’t use the red sauce but added some Gouda and an egg to the stuffing. So delicious! Thank you for the inspiration!
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David Velez says
I didn’t use marinara
But made Acini di Pepa with saffron and vegetables For a slightly healthier take. Grest
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Made it. Loved it! Voted best meal this week by the whole family! Thank you. It's really pretty too. I wish I could post a picture 😁
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Happy to be here says
Sis and I made this tonight and it was totally divine...such simplicity that just explodes on your tastebuds and still a clean kinda dish with the sauce on the bottom...just helps keep the chicken tender. Plus got to relax few while it cooked...thanks for such a wonderful recipe
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A Novel Thought says
Okay, making this tomorrow. It looks delicious
Laura Franklin says
This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with the Delicious Dishes Recipe party this week!
Sahana Ajeethan says
Looks great! Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.
Amanda Kolb says
Looks like a new dinner recipe for me to try! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday.