Goat Cheese, Spinach & Bacon Stuffed Chicken

“The best chicken I’ve had.”

That’s what the hubby said to me last night while eating this. He said “Bean, this is the best chicken I’ve had.” I said, “Ever?” He said, “Yes.”

So there you have it. It’s that good, and it couldn’t be easier. Inspired by this recipe from Tessa that I’ve been thinking about for the past few weeks, here’s what I did. I was too lazy at the time to pull up the recipe again….but it turned out just fine :)

I did some prep work in the afternoon, before I left for work. I grabbed a handful of fresh spinach, diced it up and put it in a bowl with a little bit of water. After 2 minutes in the microwave it looked like this:

I scooped the spinach into a paper towel and wrung out the excess water before returning it to the bowl. Then I added a few tablespoons of goat cheese, and two strips of turkey bacon, diced, that I cooked up on the griddle.

Mix it all together and set it aside. I had three chicken breasts thawed out in the fridge so I cut slits in the side (kinda difficult since they were thinner than I thought they were!) and divided the mixture between the three breasts.

I knew I was going to bake these, but I always like to pan sear chicken for a little extra flavor. Bonus this time because, after seasoning with paprika and black pepper, I just plopped them on the griddle I cooked the bacon in for a little more bacon-y flavor. I didn’t even feel bad doing this since turkey bacon makes WAY less grease than regular :)

I put the chicken in a greased, glass baking dish, covered it with foil and stuck it in the fridge. Then the hubby popped it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degress while I was on my way home from work, along with a sweet potato I had diced up! When I got home, dinner was almost ready.

If you want to be extra fancy, slice it up so it looks pretty…but I’m not gonna lie, I only did this for you guys! Hubby got his piece whole on the plate.

So there you have it! It’s good stuff, give it a try :)

Goat Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Chicken

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Keywords: bake entree chicken goat cheese spinach

Ingredients (Serves 3)

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 3 Tbsp goat cheese
  • 2 strips turkey bacon, diced
  • paprika and black pepper to taste


1. Roughly chop the spinach and place in a small bowl with 1/4 c water. Microwave on high for one minute. Drain excess water.

2. Add the goat cheese and bacon to the bowl with the spinach and stir to combine.

3. Cut a slit in the side of each chicken breast and stuff 1/3 of the mixture inside each one.

4. Sprinkle with paprika and black pepper and sear both sides in a hot pan (Optional: cook in the same pan you cooked the bacon in for added flavor).

5. Transfer the chicken to a greased baking dish, cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

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Finally, thanks to everyone who commented, texted, tweeted, called and facebooked me a happy birthday!! I had a wonderful day and am lucky to have such great people in my life.


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. WOW that looks fabulous! Hubbs would love this chicken and it looks pretty easy- bookmarked! :)
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  2. This looks great!
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  3. I like how you stuffed the chicken…usually I do a “whack and roll” sort of thing, and as much fun as it is to whack chicken with a frying pan, this does look a lot easier. :)
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  4. oh my! these look amazing. i’ve NEVER made stuffed chicken breasts before. i’m not sure why! it doesn’t look that tricky!
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  5. My husband would be singing chicken and Lindsay praises if he had this for dinner too!! :)
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  6. Wow that looks awesome Lindsay! Stuffing anything adds another layer of flavor, and this sounds delicious!
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  7. This looks incredible. I can see why your husband would declare it the best ever. I love goat cheese, and I especially love meals that I can prepare and have my husband put in the oven for me. I’m bookmarking this one.
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  8. Um, Yum!!! This looks absolutely fantastic. I love stuffing chicken with all kinds of goodies. I can’t wait to try this one!
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  9. Nice! Josh love the stuffed chicken I made, so I am planning on trying new varieties. Spinach seems like a fun add in. Glad you had a nice birthday :)
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  10. I know exactly what I’m making for dinner tonight!

  11. This looks right up my alley!
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  12. This looks YUMMY! I’m going to make it!

  13. OMG—This looks amazing! My fave combo of ingredients all in one :) Can’t wait to try it!
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  14. Happy belated birthday! This dish looks amazing, I love finding new chicken recipes! Definitely trying this one soon! Thanks for sharing!!
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  15. This looks amazing
    Love the spinach wilting process, i’ll definitely have to try that soon :)
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  16. this looks great. i might try it with another kind of cheese though because goat cheese & i don’t get along :)

  17. Hi Lindsay, as you may or may not know, I was assigned your blog for this month’s SRC. I had chosen this recipe but then “out went the lights” for almost a week (freak snow storm in New England). However, I finally got around to prepare it, and HubbyGrouch and me liked it a lot. The post will be up very soon. Just wanted to let you know that you hadn’t been left out – I guess Amanda found someone to fill in for me but I wasn’t sure.
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