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Petti di Pollo con Spinaci -- Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Spinach





2 lbs. chicken cutlets
2 pkg. (10 oz. each) fresh spinach, cleaned
5 tbsp. olive oil
1 md. onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 cup fontina cheese, diced
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, grated
1/4 tsp. salt


3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste


With a meat pounder or the side of a cleaver, flatten the cutlets to a ΒΌ inch thickness, being careful not to tear the meat. Set aside.

Place the spinach in a dry large skillet, cover and cook over medium heat until wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry. Coarsely chop and set aside.

In the same skillet, heat half of the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are lightly browned. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool slightly. Wipe out the skillet and set aside.

Stir the cheese, nutmeg, and salt into the spinach. Spread the mixture, evenly over the cutlets. Roll each one up like a jelly roll and tie with string or fasten with toothpicks.

Return the skillet to medium high heat and heat the remaining olive oil. Add the chicken rolls and cook until nicely browned on all sides. Remove the rolls to a serving dish and cover to keep warm.

In the same pan, reduce the heat to medium and melt the butter. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, until the mixture forms a paste, about 1 minute. Slowly add the broth and wine, whisking until the sauce is smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and salt. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.

Author's Comments

Nutmeg,, spinach and Fontina cheese are favorite ingredients in Italian cooking, especially the Northern areas. Chicken cutlets stuffed with a mixture of the three and served with a white wine sauce made the dish almost perfect. It is fairly simple to put together, as well as quick. Makes a good meal for company, and fast enough for unexpected company.

From my cookbook: The "Old Country" Italian Cookbook, by Donald J.P. La Marca

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