Stuffed chicken breast with zoodles and tomato sauce

Stuffed chicken breast with zoodles and tomato sauce

Creamy ricotta. Savory spinach. Sharp cheddar cheese. What the what? Those ingredients enveloped by tender chicken and covered with an herby tomato sauce make this dish a keeper. And by “keeper,” we mean low-carb fabulosity at its finest!

Stuffed chicken breast with zoodles and tomato sauce

Creamy ricotta. Savory spinach. Sharp cheddar cheese. What the what? Those ingredients enveloped by tender chicken and covered with an herby tomato sauce make this dish a keeper. And by “keeper,” we mean low-carb fabulosity at its finest!
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

Stuffed chicken breasts
  • 5 oz. (4¾ cups) 140 g (1.1 liters) baby spinach
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz. 230 g goat cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 4 (213 lbs) 4 (1.1 kg) chicken breastchicken breasts
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) 240 ml (110 g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 oz. 28 g butter
Tomato sauce
  • 1 (1 oz.) 1 (30 g) shallot, finely choppedshallots, finely chopped
  • 2 2 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • 2 oz. 55 g butter
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups (1 lb) 475 ml (475 g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • pepper, to taste
Zoodles
  • 14 oz. 400 g zucchini, spirulized
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Instructions

Stuffed chicken breasts

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Sauté the baby spinach until it shrinks. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place in a bowl and mix with the goat or ricotta cheese.
  3. Slice the chicken breasts lengthwise but don't cut all the way through. Place in a greased baking dish. Fill the chicken breasts with the spinach-cheese mixture, dollops of the butter, and sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 20–30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked all the way through. You can later pour the juices into the tomato sauce, giving it additional flavor.
  5. Tomato sauce

  6. Fry the shallot and garlic in butter until soft, without letting them turn brown. Add tomato paste, vinegar, and crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil.
  7. Once boiling, add the herbs and chili flakes. Turn down the heat and let the sauce simmer on low heat for at least 15 minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste. (NOTE: The sauce will be enough for two batches, so freeze half of it and save for another time or use it for a low-carb pizza).
  9. Zoodles

  10. Make spirals out of the zucchini, so-called zoodles, with a spiralizer. If you don't have a spiralizer, you can make thin zucchini strips with a potato peeler.
  11. Fold the zoodles into the hot tomato sauce and serve immediately with the chicken.

Tips

You can make the tomato sauce while the chicken is in the oven, or you can make it first so that it has more time to simmer and develop more flavor. Tomato sauces get better the longer they are allowed to simmer.

Although the sauce is enhanced by the powerful flavors of dried herbs, garnishing the dish with fresh herbs makes it incredibly fresh and festive.

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10 comments

  1. Chris
    Hi I have been trying to print some recipes but with no avail
  2. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Chris!

    Just "right klick! on the picture for the recipe and choose print.

  3. Paul DTS
    I not a fan of Zoddles, I much prefer Boddles (Butternut Squash Noodles)
  4. Elroy Jubinville
    First, start by washing your zucchini and patting dry. Then, prep your zoodles by spiralizing them. You can watch an awesome tutorial from Inspiralized here .
  5. Airlia
    I need clarification on the amount of crushed tomatoes to add - one can of crushed tomatoes here in the States is 28 ounces. However, diced tomatoes are available in 14 ounce cans. Would someone from Team Diet Doctor please let me know how many ounces or grams to use? Thanks.
  6. Mary
    I just love this recipe!! I've served it up to all sorts of people and they love it, hardly realising that it is low carb! I sometimes add a little chopped fresh red chilli to the tomato sauce to give a little kick to the taste. But it's great without.
  7. Sheila E.
    Delicious as is! Only difference ... I used Green Giant frozen zucchini noodles. Family loved it! Will make again and again!
  8. Flo
    King Soopers/Kroger markets a lower carb crushed tomatoes in the 14 ounce can.
  9. Julie Wilkins
    Love this recipe!!! Thanks
  10. wyoming13
    Made this last night for dinner and my husband and I both loved it. This will be made alot!

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