Mozzarella Chicken and Spinach Bake

03Nov08

Ingredients:

  ● 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast ; boneless & skinless

  ● 2 tbsp. butter

  ● 2 tbsp. veggie oil

  ● 3 lrg cloves garlic ; crushed & chopped

  ● 1 small onion ; chopped, if desired (added when garlic is added) 

  ● Salt ; & pepper to taste

  ● 12 oz. bag fresh spinach ; torn

  ● 1 (6 oz) box stuffing mix ; chicken flavor

  ● 1 -1 1/2 cups low-fat mayo

  ● 1 -1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

  ● cooking ; spray

Directions:

*Melt butter & oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet.

*Add garlic & sautee briefly

*Add chicken breasts, season to taste with salt & pepper and cook until browned and just cooked through

*Remove chicken from pan and add spinach to the pan, then cover.

*Allow spinach to cook on low heat just until wilted; DO NOT STIR SPINACH

*Meanwhile, cook stuffing per package instructions & set aside.

*Cube chicken into bite size pieces & place in medium mixing bowl.

*Add 1 cup mayonnaise & stir until all of chicken is coated

*Blend in shredded cheese and stir until chicken is evenly coated.

*Add more mayo if needed for chicken and cheese to stick together

*Spray bottom of lrg casserole dish with cooking spray

*Spread chicken mixture evenly into bottom of baking dish

*Place spinach on top of chicken mixture in a layer, spreading out evenly across dish

*Layer stuffing over spinach layer evenly.

*Cover & bake for 40 minutes, or until bubbly at the edges.

*Remove lid, turn oven off and allow casserole dish to sit in oven for additional 10 minutes to allow stuffing to dry slightly & “crisp” on top

*Serve

 

(I also make this with frozen spinach – just thaw and wring out the water)- I just add it then to to casserole without cooking

 

This freezes wonderfully – just allow to defrost in refrigerator.

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