Spinach and Artichoke-Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce

Cream cheese has two jobs in this chicken dinner: it adds just the right amount of creaminess to the spinach and artichoke stuffing and enriches the roasted red pepper sauce.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, chopped

1/2 small onion, chopped

Half of a 9-ounce box frozen artichokes, thawed, squeezed dry and roughly chopped

Half of a 5-ounce container baby spinach (about 3 cups) 

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice 

10 tablespoons Arla Original Cream Cheese Spread

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 small skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts (2 to 2 1/2 pounds total)

12 ounces small red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick half-moons

1/2 cup jarred roasted red bell peppers, drained and rinsed 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in an extra-large nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened and lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the artichokes and cook until warmed through, about 1 minute. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until completely wilted, about 3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and let cool completely. Wipe out the skillet and reserve. 
  3. When the spinach mixture is cool, add the mayonnaise, lemon zest and 7 tablespoons of the cream cheese spread and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Insert a thin paring knife into the thickest part of each chicken breast and cut down the side to make a 3-inch-long pocket. Stuff each pocket with one-quarter of the spinach mixture. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.
  5. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the chicken breasts skin-side down and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add the potatoes to the skillet, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook, tossing, about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, return the chicken to the skillet skin-side up and transfer to the oven. Roast, stirring the potatoes halfway through, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F, 25 to 30 minutes. 
  6. Meanwhile, combine the roasted peppers, lemon juice and remaining 3 tablespoons cream cheese in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. 
  7. Spoon the red pepper sauce onto 4 plates. Top each with a chicken breast and some potatoes. 
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