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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baked Chicken and Spinach Rolls

I have made similar recipes to this in the past but they always seem to fall apart, this was super delicious and super easy! I love the combination of fresh ingredients and the heartiness of this dish, everyone ate it up! This is a slightly labor intensive dinner to make but totally worth it :)

8 thin chicken cutlets
1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 T whole ground flax seed meal (I use Bob's)
6 tablespoons egg whites (I use Eggbeaters)
2 handfuls of fresh spinach about 2-3 cups
6 tbsp part skim ricotta cheese
1 package part skim mozzarella slices
1/4 cup grated mozzarella
Non-stick spray
1-2 cups marinara sauce
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray baking dish with non-stick spray. Then get set up, you need 3 bowls in a line beside your sprayed baking dish. The one farthest away from the baking dish, will have your spinach mixture, the middle one egg whites and the one closest to your baking dish will have your bread crumb/parm/flax mixture. Like this...

Now fill your bowls like mine: for the spinach bowl, rough chop your fresh spinach, add the ricotta, 1 T of the Parmesan, the grated mozzarella, 2 T of the egg whites and mix together. Because you are using fresh spinach and not frozen this will look like it is not combined but it just mix it well and wait, it will be perfect once cooked. For the middle bowl, put the rest of the egg whites should be 4 T. For the last bowl mix the Panko, flax and remaining parmesan. 

Side note about flax: I love to add whole ground flax to my recipes whenever I can. It is so good for you, full of fiber, lignans and omega 3's. It can used in baking recipes in place of oil, it really sticks! It also helps when your need to bread something. I use it whenever I bread chicken or fish before cooking. Make SURE to buy it ground, you do don't want the seeds. I only buy it ground, Dr. Oz says it is actually the only way your body can really digest it so that is a bonus :) He really does say that, you should read the article.

Now back to business, your hands will be nasty and need a good cleaning after this so just prepare for that. Lay your chicken flat, put about 2 T of the spinach mixture on the cutlet, then roll it up, dip it in the egg whites, then in the breadcrumb mixture and place in your dish, seem side down. Repeat 7 times, like this...


Now put those babies in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Once they are golden brown pull out of the oven, add your homemade marinara sauce  and place your sliced mozzarella cheese on top and place back in the oven for 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

I served this with sauteed zucchini and a Greek salad and my kids loved it...
And how could you not love this dinner, it is really good!

Weight Watcher Friends: Each roll has 5 points! 

Source: SkinnyTaste


  1. ok...
    i got my bobs ground flaxseed meal. how do i use it and with what? Do I have to change any of the "baking" recipes I add it to? What about adding it to recipes when I cook?

  2. Good question Diana! At first I didn't know what to do with it other than make the muffin recipe on the back of the package :) But over time I tried different things and now I use it all the time!
    One important thing is, it makes anything so much thicker!!!! I would add about 2 -3 Tablespoons to your muffins and don't worry about substituting anything for it. They will be fine and you will never know it is there. I put it in my pancake, waffle batters, all my muffins and anything I bread (chicken parm, fish, whatever.) I have put it in my oatmeal before but you just put about a teaspoon, it will make it very thick!