Pistachio Crusted Greek Chicken

This flavorsome Mediterranean chicken dish is a creative and classic use for pistachios.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons olive oil, use divided

1 small onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed

Kosher salt and black pepper

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Juice of 1 lemon

Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated

4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (omit for dairy free)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

¾ cup pistachios, chopped

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425° F.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the onions until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

3. Squeeze all the liquid from the spinach and add to the onions. Add 1 teaspoon salt (if desired), ½ teaspoon pepper, the oregano and the lemon zest. Raise the heat to high and cook until all the liquid is gone, about 1 minute. Take off the heat and let cool while preparing the chicken.

4. Butterfly the chicken breasts by placing each one flat on a cutting board. Place one hand on top and with the edge of a sharp knife parallel to the cutting board, begin cutting down the length of the side of the breast. Carefully slice the breast in half widthwise almost to the other edge. Open up the chicken breast like a book.

5. Add the feta, if using, to the spinach mixture and stir to combine. Stuff each chicken breast with one fourth of the stuffing, letting it overflow at the edges.

6. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a rimmed baking dish and place the stuffed breasts in the baking dish. Squeeze the lemon juice over and top with the chopped pistachios. Top the pistachios with a pinch of salt (if desired) and pepper and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

7. Place the halved tomatoes in another baking dish and drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat.

8. Put both baking dishes in the oven and roast for 20 minutes or until the juices of the chicken run clear. Top the chicken breasts with the roasted tomatoes.

Pistachio Crusted Greek Chicken

Nutritional Information

Based on 4 servings.

Per serving:

Calories

480

Total Fat     

32g

Saturated Fat  

7g

Monounsaturated Fat

17g

Polyunsaturated Fat

5g

Cholesterol

85mg

Sodium

540mg

Carbohydrates

16g

Dietary Fiber      

6g

Sugars

5g

Protein

37g

Magnesium

113mg

Potassium

1035mg