Sunday, April 18, 2010

Feta Chicken Bundles for Magazine Monday

Thank you to Sue from Couscous-Consciousness in New Zealand for following my blog!

For Magazine Monday I made a fabulous recipe from Family Circle magazine, the December 2009 issue. I modified a bit using chicken cutlets in place of chicken breasts. Take it from me – this one is easy to toss together and the results are aesthetically pleasing.

Here are your ingredients....

1 package (10 ounce size) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
½ cup mayonnaise (I probably used a bit less)
3 cloves garlic, chop it fine

4 chicken cutlets (the original recipe calls for 6 thinly sliced skinless boneless chicken breasts)

Wooden toothpicks
½ teaspoon paprika
Slices of bacon

So, you’ll heat the oven to 325 F and place a rack in a large baking pan.

Drain and squeeze liquid from spinach. In a medium bowl ,mix together spinach, feta cheese, mayo and garlic.

I used cutlets because they are already super thin and boneless. But if you want to use the chicken breast, you are meant to pound them out between wax paper until they are very thin. Personally I liked using the cutlets as it cut down on the work.

So, take your cutlet and place about a 1/3 cup of the spinach feta mix in the middle. Roll it up, not like a jelly roll, but just bring the ends together. Secure with a toothpick. Easy.

Sprinkle with paprika and then wrap a slice of bacon around the chicken. Place the chicken on the baking rack. Bake for about 50 minutes.

These looked so pretty and they tasted fantastic. The feta was melted in the spinach, flavors blended and popping on the taste buds in a most pleasing manner.

Here they are just out of the oven....

Don’t forget to pull the toothpicks out prior to eating. Having your cheek or gums impaled by a hot wooden toothpick would be unpleasant.

I am sending this to Cream Puffs in Venice for Magazine Monday.


Cathy said...

oh damn those look good Tina! I'm saving this one to try - anything with feta is on the top of my to cook list and this just looks amazing!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Saw your profile on another page. Glad I read your informative and well-written blog. Look forward to following you here. Cheers! Your dish looks great.

monicajane said...

those look both delicious and simply beautiful...

thanks for stopping by's nice of you since I don't make the rounds much anymore...

hope you're well.

Kim said...

I think you made a great call using the think chicken cutlets. I don't like pounding chicken breasts - too messy.

I love all the components of this recipe, the chicken, spinach, and especially the feta. I bet it was really delicious.

Carla and Michael said...

I love these. Much easier than trying to stuff a chicken breast too. Also like the idea of adding in some mayo so the spinach and cheese doesn't get too dried out in the baking process. I'll have to remember that one. Thanks.

Janel said...

I love feta. Maybe the spinach and lean chicken will cancel out the calories in the cheese and mayo. :)

Velva said...

Tina, these chicken bundles look beautiful. This is perfect to feel elegant and yet easy to prepare. Those are my favorite kind of recipes.

Fearless Kitchen said...

These would make a perfect appetizer for a cocktail party or weekend picnic!

A Year on the Grill said...

oh my... anything and everything bacon wrapped... but the feta inside must be amazing... a keeper recipe

Wandering Coyote said...

This looks ridiculously good! I am definitely bookmarking this one, Pierce.

Pierce said...

Cathy - I love feta...make a nice change in some recipes.

Lazaro Cooks! Thank you so much. That is so nice of you to day and I am glad you enjoyed the blog :-)

Monica Jane - I like to come visit you. I have been following you since you were with Yes, We Cook. Love your recipes.

Kim - Thanks, it was a bit of laziness on my part to use the cutlets . haha

Carla and Michael - The combo of spinach with feta seems a natural. I did not use too much mayo. Maybe a bit less than what I called for in recipe.

Janel - thanks! I hope you had a great birthday :-0

Velva - they were seriously super easy.

Fearless Kitchen - what a good idea. I never thought about them as appies. Brilliant!

Dave - Thanks, I think you are so right about the bacon.

WC - Let me know if you make them...super easy and looks pretty. I LOVED your round up of the game meats. Drooling...

Le laquet said...

Damn those look good - love chicken thighs with anything!

Janet said...

I love this recipe, Tina! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try it out!

creampuff said...

You got me with the bacon! Looks easy and yummy!

Tia said...

yum! they definitely are pretty and they look so tastey too.

Pierce said...

Jo - I could have eaten a bunch of that feta.

Janet - Please let me know how yours turn out :-)

Creampuff - Bacon makes everything better.

Tia - Thank you so much!