I recently traveled to Orlando, FL and had a delicious dinner at the T-Rex Cafe in Disney Springs. They have a dish called, “Mastodon Stuffed Chicken” and oh my, it is delicious. I decided to make it for myself on the island. It is a chicken breast stuffed with Spinach and Artichoke dip essentially, they add some other things like sun-dried tomatoes and shallots, but in med school, nobody has time for that. This is my med school version of the Mastodon Stuffed Chicken.
This is a delicious stuffed chicken with a creamy sauce and a light pasta (enough for 8 servings, I might add) in 30 minutes. It doesn’t get any easier than this.
You will need:
1 package of chicken breast (pounded thin)
1 jar of Spinach & Artichoke Dip
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. Seasoned Italian bread crumbs
1 c. of Mayonnaise
1/2 c. milk
1 box Angel Hair Pasta
Pre-heat your oven to 300F
Since we are stuffing chicken, you want to cook this covered low and slow so the outside of the chicken doesn’t dry out waiting for the inside of the chicken to get cooked through.
Take a pounded thin chicken breast and spoon about 1-2 spoonfuls (or more if you love spinach and artichoke dip) onto the edge of each chicken breast. Roll the chicken breast up tightly.
In a bowl, combine Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and stir to combine. Set Aside.
On a plate, place the mayonnaise.
The mayonnaise and bread crumb mixtures are your dredging stations.
Now, take a stuffed chicken roll, and roll it around in the mayonnaise until evenly coated. Mayo is better than egg, flavor wise, when it comes to coating meat.
After it is coated in mayonnaise, roll it in the Parmesan cheese and bread crumb mixture.
Place each stuffed and breaded chicken in a 9×13 foil lined pan. Once the pan is loaded up, place it in the oven covered with foil until the chicken is cooked through (20-30 minutes depending on your oven).
Next, make the delicious and simple sauce.
Spinach & Artichoke Sauce
You will need:
2 heaping spoonfuls of Spinach & Artichoke Dip
1/2 c. milk
Whisk together in a small pan over low heat until heated through. Add more milk for a thinner sauce, add more dip if you desire a thicker sauce.
I personally love Angel Hair pasta with this dish. Cheese Tortolleini would also be a good alternative.
Follow the instructions on the box to prepare the desired number of servings.
Boil some pasta. Pour the sauce over the pasta and chicken! This is so divine, you will add this to your weekly dinner rotations for sure!
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