Healthy Holiday Series – Baked Lemon and Artichoke Chicken

Baked Lemon and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

I can’t believe the Healthy Holiday Series is almost over! The new year will be here before we know it. I wanted to find an easy main dish that didn’t seem boring or like something you would eat every day. I found this baked chicken recipe and even though I’ve never made stuffed chicken, I decided to give it a shot! I adapted the recipe slightly and cut all ingredients in half, but you could easily make this for a crowd of people. It came together very quickly, which is a huge bonus during the holiday season – less time in the kitchen, more time with your loved ones! Lets get cooking!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Tbsp Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 jar Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 ounce Goat Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

First step, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Then, I mixed up the filling! I added the bread crumbs, lemon zest, artichokes, goat cheese and italian seasoning to a bowl and mixed it together.

Next, time to get some aggression out. I placed the chicken breast in between two pieces of wax paper and used a frying pan to flatten them.

I ended up cutting the chicken breasts in half, because they were still pretty big despite my banging. This made it a a lot easier to stuff them with the filling.

Once I added the filling, I secured the chicken breasts with toothpicks – VERY important, do not forget to take the toothpicks out after the chicken is done cooking! Then, it was time to sear the outside of the chicken.

I heated a little bit of olive oil in a pan and added the chicken breasts, cooking on each side for about 2 minutes.

Finally, I was ready to bake! If you don’t have a frying pan that can go in the oven, I would suggest putting whatever sheet pan or pyrex you want to use in the oven while it is preheating. That way, when you transfer the chicken the pan will be hot.

I ended up baking the chicken for about 15 minutes until it was cooked all the way through.

This was my first time making stuffed chicken and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was! The dish felt fancy but still light, which is a rare combination for holiday dinners!

Have you guys tried any new main dishes for the holidays? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Holiday Cooking!

Libby

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