Carciofo (Artichoke) Stuffed Chicken

Teresa Jacobson

By
@foundmyzen

Carciofo (kahr-TCHOH-foh)is Italian for artichoke. There are lots of towns in Italy that have yearly artichoke festivals. This dish is inspired by those festivals. I just love artichokes and think it is a highly underused vegetable. Mostly because I think most people don't know what to do with it besides make a dip out of it. This is a little something I created that is spectacular and very filling! Wonderful flavor! This is a great low carb meal too.


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Serves:

8

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

3 lb
boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut in 8 portions)
14 oz
can quartered artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp
italian seasoning
2 Tbsp
olive oil, divided
pinch
salt
3 oz
baby bella mushrooms, diced
1/2 c
diced leek
1/2 c
shredded parmesan cheese
1 c
shredded monterey jack cheese (or use slices)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a glass dish with nonstick spray. Spread out artichokes in prepared dish so they are not touching. Drizzle with 1 T. olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Place in oven for about 5-10 minutes until well heated. (You'll know because they smell amazing!) Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly then place in food processor.
2
Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 T. olive oil in a skillet and saute mushrooms; stir in leeks with a pinch of salt when mushrooms are almost done. Remove from heat. Place in food processor with baked artichokes.
3
Place Parmesan cheese in food processor with mushroom mixture and artichokes and process until well blended and pesto consistency.
4
Slice each of the 8 breast pieces along the sides to make a pocket. Stuff with the artichoke mixture. Place in glass dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Sprinkle a pinch of Italian seasoning on top of each piece of chicken. Spray chicken with nonstick spray. Bake in 375 degree F oven for 20 minutes; put Monterey Jack cheese on on top of chicken and return to oven for about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
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Nutritional Info: per portion
Calories: 477
Total Fat: 24g/ Sat Fat: 8.8g
Cholesterol: 175mg
Sodium: 517mg
Total Carbs: 4.6g/ Dietary Fiber 1.9g/ Sugar 1g
Protein: 58.4g

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Diabetic, Low Fat, Wheat Free, Low Carb
Other Tag: Healthy