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It is officially fall and I am celebrating with soul-warming comfort foods! This week I have been making soups and drinking hot cocoa. I also started thinking about Thanksgiving (which is coming up!) and started craving cranberry dishes! I wanted to keep it light and healthy though, so I decided to make a spinach and cranberry stuffed chicken.
I definitely start craving cranberries in the fall, but they are such a great berry to incorporate into your diet all year long. Cranberries are high in antioxidants and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Their bright color and tart flavor make so many dishes taste better!
Spinach and Cranberry Stuffed Chicken
For my spinach and cranberry stuffed chicken, I grabbed fresh organic spinach, a generous amount of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries. I sautéed them with diced onions and garlic in olive oil, and it made a perfectly balanced and flavorful stuffing. I especially love the zing from the cranberries! Plus the combination of the spinach and Craisins® Dried Cranberries make such a beautiful contrast.
Pro Tip: If you happen to have young children that like to glue themselves to your legs while you’re trying to make dinner, I recommend pouring a 1/4 cup of Craisins® Dried Cranberries into a bowl and giving it to said children. Your kids will have tasty fruit and your legs will be free! 🙂
Spinach and Cranberry Stuffed Chicken
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup Craisins® Dried Cranberries
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ground thyme
- salt and pepper
- Parmesan cheese cut into thin slices
Place chicken breasts in a plastic bag or between two sheets of heavy plastic. Pound the chicken until it is 1/4 inch thick. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté a few minutes, until soft. Add in garlic and cranberries, and sauté an additional 2 minutes. Add in spinach, balsamic vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until spinach is wilted.
Lay chicken breasts onto a clean work surface and spoon 1/4 of the spinach mixture onto each chicken breasts. Layer on a few pieces of sliced Parmesan cheese. Roll the chicken breasts around the spinach stuffing and secure with a few pieces of twine or with toothpicks. Season outside of chicken breasts with thyme, salt and pepper.
Warm the same skillet over medium heat, adding a little olive oil, if necessary. Add stuffed chicken breasts to the pan and brown on all sides. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 30 - 35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and internal temp has reached 165 degrees.
I buy my cranberries in bulk when I shop at Sam’s Club. They are not currently in stock, so I grabbed them from my local Smith’s.
Added bonus of shopping at Smiths is the free produce that my kids can snack on while I grab my groceries!
What fall recipes do you love to make with cranberries? Share them in the comments below!
I add feta, goat or blue cheese to this to kick it up
Wildish Jess says
Well this is an interesting mix that I’ve never tried before!
Ayesha Heart says
Superb! Now I’m craving ha-ha 😀
Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. Thumbs up!
aziel morte says
What a good recipe for Spinach. I would love to try this
Marielle Altenor says
Yummy! This chicken recipe looks delicious! The cranberries from Ocean Spray are my favorite!!
I think cranberry and spinach would meld well together in terms of flavors. I’d love to make this dish.
Taty Pradilla says
I have made something similar to this before, except added catalina dressing to it. It was delicious!!
Oh my goodness this looks so yummy! I think my kids would love this!
April Mims says
We’ve gotten so tired of chicken recently so I’ve been looking for recipes to switch it up. This looks like it has plenty of flavor so I’ll have to try it.
Andrea, this is a dish I know my family would love. We really enjoy Craisins and use them when we can. They are a favorite snack of mine too. I will have to give this wonderful chicken recipe a try – I am sure my family would love it.
Ashley Voicu says
Im saving your recipe for dinner tomorrow. I am always looking for recipes online.
Vera Sweeney says
This sounds like an amazing dinner to make!!! We love chicken!
This looks really yummy. Maybe a simpler alternative to Turkey for Christmas.
Elizabeth O. says
This sounds so good and festive as well! It’s perfect for the Holidays! I really like this brand of craisins, it’s not too sweet and it’s perfect for just about anything, from sweet to savory dishes!
Amy Jones says
Oh my god I can’t believe how good this actually looks, got my mouth watering and all
Krystel @ PlanningThe Magic says
Wow that looks amazing. Stuffed to perfection.
Melanie Smith says
What a delicious recipe! Spinach and and cranberry should be a delicious combination!
Tara pittman says
This sounds perfect for Thanksgiving. I do love spinach and cranberries.
Amber Myers says
Oh, yes please! This looks fantastic. I love cranberries.
Robin Masshole Mommy says
That sounds absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try this.
You’ve got all my favorite ingredients in one dish! Can’t wait to try your recipe – it’s perfect for an autumn meal.