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MICHAEL SYMON Spinach and Feta Chicken Roulade

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4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
1 shallot (minced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 pound spinach
1/2 cup pine nuts (toasted)
1 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
1 lemon (zested)
crushed red pepper (optional, to taste)
salt and pepper (to taste)
4 6-8 ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded to 1/4-inch)
1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley (chopped)
1 lemon (cut in wedges)

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
For the Filling: in a large sauté pan over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, shallot, and garlic and sauté until tender about 3 minutes. Add the spinach, in 3 batches, allowing the spinach to wilt a little with each addition, season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature. Using a kitchen towel, ring out any excess moisture from the spinach mixture.
Roughly chop the spinach mixture and add to a medium bowl, along with pine nuts, feta cheese, lemon zest, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and chili flakes, if desired. Fold together until combined.
For the Chicken Roulade: season the chicken breasts with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Divide the spinach mixture evenly among the 4 chicken breasts, keeping the filling away from the edges. Beginning at the narrower end of the chicken of 1 chicken breast, roll up, enclosing the filling as you would a jelly roll. Tie with kitchen twine every inch to secure. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast iron skillet, over medium high heat and add the chicken. Rotate to evenly brown on all sides, about 6-8 minutes. Place in oven, bake until a thermometer registers to 165ºF on the thickest part of the chicken, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven. Let rest 5 minutes. Cut the twine and slice into 1-inch pieces.
Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.
– Use a pork cutlet instead of chicken!
– Make sure you don’t over-stuff the chicken, or the filling will come out the sides!

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