Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Thighs

Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Thighs
Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Thighs. Katie Workman / themom100.com
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
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Sometimes I forget about frozen spinach.  I always have frozen corn and frozen peas on hand, but frozen spinach falls off the radar from time to time.  The good news is that then I get to rediscover it.  You can thaw frozen spinach by leaving it in the fridge overnight, or another way to thaw frozen spinach is to put it in a strainer and run it under very warm water.  Use your fingers to break apart chunks of frozen spinach.   Turn off the water, grab a handful of  spinach and squeeze until you get out as much water as possible.  Repeat with the rest of the spinach.  

This stuffed chicken thigh recipe, and this customized frozen pizza recipe, also utilizes frozen spinach in a delicious way, resulting for a simple yet impressive weeknight dinner.

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What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
  • Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • 8 chicken bone-in, skin-on thighs (about 2 ½ pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet, or line with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat the butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat until melted.  Sauté the onion for 2 minutes until tender, then add the spinach, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the spinach is cooked and most of the moisture is evaporated, about 4 minutes.   Add the red pepper flakes, if desired, and the cream and cook for another 3 until the cream has blended into the spinach.  Stir in the feta, and cool so that it’s just slightly warm or room temperature, and check for seasoning.
  1. Loosen the skin from each thigh, and place a couple of tablespoons of the spinach mixture under the skin, spreading it out beneath the skin.  Brush the skin with the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  
  2. Roast for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (an internal temperature of 165F.).  Serve hot or warm.

Don't Forget About the Sides!

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What's So great About Spinach?

Spinach is a leafy green vegetable belonging to the amaranth family.  It is related to beets and quinoa, interestingly.   

It is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, and eating spinach may benefit eye health, reduce oxidative stress, help prevent cancer and reduce blood pressure levels.  It's low in carbs and high in insoluable fiber, which aids in digestive health.  

Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It contains high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron and calcium.