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Spinach Pesto Chicken Rolls

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"I have been making this for years. It can be served as a main dish or appetizer. Kids and adults devour it and it is so easy. Serve with garlic bread and salad or slice each breast and serve as an appetizer."
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36 m servings 685 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 chicken breasts)

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  1. Place frozen chopped spinach in microwave-safe bowl with water. Cook in microwave until hot, 6 to 7 minutes; cool until easily handled. Squeeze spinach to extract liquid. Combine spinach, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, parsley, garlic, basil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor; puree until smooth.
  2. Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of plastic wrap; pound each breast using a meat mallet until flattened. Remove plastic wrap; sprinkle breasts with salt and pepper. Spread spinach mixture on each breast, top with Monterey Jack cheese strips, roll chicken, and secure with toothpicks. Dip each chicken roll in melted butter; coat thoroughly with bread crumbs. Place chicken rolls side by side in an 8-inch microwave-safe baking dish with seam-side down. Cover dish with plastic wrap, leaving 1/2 inch of one side uncovered to vent steam.
  3. Cook chicken rolls in microwave until juices run clear and chicken is firm to the touch, 10 to 12 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Use more or less chicken, depending on the amount of filling you want to include in each roll.
  • A blender can be used in place of a food processor to make the pesto.
  • Your favorite cheese can be substituted for Monterey Jack.
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  • Parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 685 calories; 54.5 g fat; 10.2 g carbohydrates; 39.8 g protein; 132 mg cholesterol; 866 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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