Chicken breasts are rolled around a spinach and cheese filling, adorned with a crumb coating, then baked and topped with pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix cream cheese, spinach, 1 cup mozzarella and 3 Tbsp. Parmesan until well blended; spread onto chicken breasts. Starting at one short end of each breast, roll up chicken tightly. Secure with wooden toothpicks, if desired. Set aside.

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  • Beat egg in shallow dish. Mix remaining Parmesan and cracker crumbs in separate shallow dish. Dip chicken bundles in egg, then roll in crumb mixture. Place, seam-sides down, in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

  • Bake 30 min. or until chicken is done (165 degrees F). Remove and discard toothpicks, if using. Serve topped with spaghetti sauce and remaining mozzarella.

Tips

Make Ahead: Assemble chicken bundles and place in baking dish as directed; cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, uncover and bake at 375 degrees F for 35 min. or until chicken is cooked through.

Special Extra: Stir chopped fresh basil and/or sliced black olives into spaghetti sauce before heating.

Nutrition Facts

347 calories; 17.6 g total fat; 125 mg cholesterol; 755 mg sodium. 16.1 g carbohydrates; 30.6 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2010
Ohhh so yummy! Used the whole 8oz box of cream cheese 4oz seemed not enough for 10oz of spinach and added 1 more TBSP of parmesan. Turned out to be a good mix. I also didn't have ritz crackers so used italian style bread crumbs (what I had on hand). Wrapped the chicken in a slice of bacon and used a toothpick to secure it. I served it over pasta with spaghetti sauce. My family LOVED it! I will definitely make this many times over! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/07/2015
This dish is easy to make but if I would have followed the recipe it would have been very bland. I used more spices and salt I added mushroom to the cream cheese and spinach mix I used panko that I seasoned to Italian spices. At the end it was delicious!!! I'm glad I read the reviews before I made it and decided to add more flavor Read More
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  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2011
Three stars as written or maybe a generous four stars as this dish as written needs some pizzazz-ing up. By the time I was done with this Hubs thought it was professionaI. I sauteed up some bacon to which I added shallots and fresh minced garlic. Tossed in some fresh baby spinach and cooked it just until wilted. Once cooled I mushed that into the cream cheese along with the mozzarella and some chopped roasted red peppers. What a boost of flavor those few additions gave this! I could have eaten this concoction all on its own spread on some crostini! But I didn t. We needed dinner. Instead of crushed Ritz crackers I used seasoned bread crumbs another layer of flavor! Finally instead of commercial spaghetti sauce I used tomato sauce I had put up from my garden seasoned with some herbs. I served this over penne pasta. This was unquestionably the most delicious and delectable dish I ve had in some time. Thanks to Kraft/Philadelphia Cream Cheese for the basic canvas with which to create my own masterpiece. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2010
Ohhh so yummy! Used the whole 8oz box of cream cheese 4oz seemed not enough for 10oz of spinach and added 1 more TBSP of parmesan. Turned out to be a good mix. I also didn't have ritz crackers so used italian style bread crumbs (what I had on hand). Wrapped the chicken in a slice of bacon and used a toothpick to secure it. I served it over pasta with spaghetti sauce. My family LOVED it! I will definitely make this many times over! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2010
This was very good only because I used BLSL chicken thighs it was too fatty. DON'T DO THAT. Use chicken breasts like the recipe states. I will say that I doubled the coating because the amount called for wasn't quite enough used fresh spinach that I cooked down in a little EVOO and I made my own sauce. I also added a little italian seasoning to the filling. Little changes like that really make it more personal and make this dish even more flavorful. I'll make this again. Combo of everything together was really tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2011
Great little recipe that's a wonderful creamy cheesy take on traditional chicken parmesan! Plus the filling is a great base for add-in's so get creative and adjust to your own likes or use what you have on hand. I used fresh spinach that I sauteed with a little garlic just until wilted along with some baby portabella mushrooms. I also added in some sun-dried tomatoes that I had on hand. I didn't have Ritz crackers and even if I did I still opt for Italian seasoned bread crumbs. For the pasta sauce I used "Bertolli Marinara" that I added a little white wine to along with some fresh basil. Wow - this turned out to be a really awesome dish that was perfect for Sunday dinner! Great with a side of angel hair pasta and a garden salad - YUM! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2010
I used breadcrumbs instead of ritz crackers and cooked it in a pan with some extra virgin olive oil and it got a really yummy crunchy browned crust. We will make this again! YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2011
This was super easy and delicious!!! What a great recipe. I didn't top with cheese and sauce just baked as directed and served on pasta with my homemade tomato sauce. Thanks for sharing this with us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2010
Awesome and college dude friendly. Yeah I will make this on at least a few dates so it must be good. Looks very very pretty too. I was more of a fan without the spaghetti sauce; thought it was a bit too strongly flavored and tended to take away from the amazing-ness inside. I am thinking about topping with parsley next time. Oh and I used Whipped Cream cheese to cut down on the fat a tad. Seemed to work really well! THanks a lot great dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
I made this for my family and friends. They loved it. I followed the recipe and it was great. Served it over Fettuccine noodles along side a salad. My friends asked where I was taking a cooking class. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2010
This is one awesome chicken recipe.. I've never tried the pounding and the rolling thing but the filling was so easy to make I just had to do it... It was a huge hit. My daughter thought she was eating in a fancy restaurant. It's worth it when your family raves about it. I'll be making it again and again. Read More
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