While beef and eggs are my favorite protein sources for building muscle, chicken is also a great protein source for fellow bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts everywhere. The problem with chicken however is well.. it can become extremely boring extremely fast. That is of course unless you’ve trained yourself to be a master chef and can make healthy and usually bland foods delicious! This recipe combines the usually boring chicken with vitamin packed spinach and delicious gouda cheese.
To be honest I’m pretty bad about getting in enough veggies in on a regular basis so its nice to be able to sneak them into a dish like this one. Spinach is loaded with vitamins A, C, and K, lots of antioxidants making them a win when it comes to health. Plus a cup only has 7 calories so if you’re trying to drop some weight its a great food to fill you up.
Gouda also compared to other cheeses contains vitamin K2 and zinc, so its not bad when it comes to micronutrients. It tastes great too.
You will need:
- 4 chicken breast
- 4 oz gouda
- 4 cups spinach
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Spray heated cast iron skillet with cooking spray and add spinach. Stir spinach until wilted and remove from heat.
- Slice chicken the side to create pockets.
- Fill pockets with chopped cheese and spinach and move to an oven safe container.
- Place in oven and cook for 40-45 mins depending on oven cook time. Chicken should cook to 165F internally.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Step by step with pictures:
Get oven preheating to 375. Heat cast iron skillet up as well and put in some spinach to sauté until wilted. I like to use a cast iron skillet and wooden cooking utensils to avoid BPA and other chemicals that are in plastic cookware and nonstick skillets. Once spinach is wilted remove from heat and set aside.
Slice chicken in half lengthwise, being careful not to cut the whole way through. This will create a pocket to stuff your chicken with cheese and spinach.
Fill those bad boys up with the stuff thats going to make them taste good.
Season with salt and pepper (or whatever else you like) and put into oven. Cook for 40-45 mins, until internal temp reaches 165. While these are cooking you can prep your side dishes. I had mashed potatoes with mine.
Remove from oven and let cool for a bit. After cooled, enjoy your delicious muscle building meal!
Calories and Macros
Serving size: one breast
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