Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

Chicken Florentine Roll-Ups with Lemon-Thyme Orzo Pilaf

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
A sumptuous stuffing of spinach and soft goat cheese, jeweled with sun-dried tomatoes and basil, is all it takes to turn plain ol’ chicken breast into a magnificent craveable main. It pairs perfectly with the lemon-thyme orzo pilaf for a meal that is colorful, elegant, and satisfying.


Chicken Florentine Roll-Ups:

Lemon-Thyme Orzo Pilaf:


  1. For the chicken Florentine roll-ups: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Thaw the spinach in the microwave or on the stove as per the directions on the package, then place it in a strainer and squeeze out as much liquid as possible, discarding the liquid. 
  3. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes, grate the Parmesan cheese, and chop the basil, and place them in a medium bowl with 2/3 cup of the spinach, the goat cheese, egg white, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Stir with a fork until well incorporated. 
  4. Spread 3 tablespoons of the filling on the top half of each chicken breast, roll up, and secure with 2 toothpicks. (See Cook's Note.) Sprinkle the chicken rolls with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 
  5. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet with a cover over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken rolls until golden, 2 minutes per side. Pour the chicken broth over the rolls, cover, and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes.  
  6. For the lemon-thyme orzo pilaf: Peel and chop the shallots. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the orzo and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the broth, bring to a boil over high heat, then decrease the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the orzo is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 8 to 9 minutes. 
  7. Meanwhile, halve the tomatoes, grate the cheese, chop the thyme, and zest and juice the lemon (1 teaspoon zest and 1 1/2 tablespoons juice). When the orzo is done, stir in the tomatoes, thyme, lemon zest and juice, cheese, salt, and pepper. Cover and let sit off the heat for 5 minutes before serving. 
  8. To serve, drizzle the roll-ups with the liquid from the skillet and serve with the orzo.

Cook’s Note

Leftover filling can be used to stuff more chicken or saved for another use. Roll-Ups: Serving size 1 roll-up: Calories 300; Total Fat 13g (Sat Fat 5g, Mono Fat 4.9g, Poly Fat 1.2g); Protein 39g; Carb 6g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 105mg; Sodium 500mg. Orzo: Serving size 3⁄4 cup. Calories 260; Total Fat 9g (Sat Fat 1.5g, Mono Fat 5.5g, Poly Fat 0.9g); Protein 10g; Carb 37g; Fiber 7g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 240mg.