Spinach Pesto Chicken Rolls


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
16 mins
Total Time:
36 mins
4 chicken breasts


Spinach Pesto Sauce:

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon basil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or more to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste

Chicken Breasts:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese, cut into strips

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • ¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

685 Calories
55g Fat
10g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 685
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g 70%
Saturated Fat 20g 98%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 867mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 507mg 39%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 562mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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