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Roast stuffed chicken fillet recipe

Roast stuffed chicken fillets

Try wrapping the chicken fillets in some smoked bacon for extra flavour

Serving: 4
Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy


  • Black pepper
  • 25g butter
  • 4 chicken fillets
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • Salt
  • 200g spinach, washed and trimmed
  • Bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 8 slices parma ham or smoked bacon 
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 200g ricotta
  • 50ml white wine


  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC/gas mark 4.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pan set over a medium heat. Add the spinach and white wine and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, until wilted, then season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and place in a colander to drain the excess liquid and cool slightly.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the drained spinach with the ricotta, parsley, pine nuts and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Butterfly the chicken fillets by slicing through them horizontally, but don't cut all the way through to the end. Open the fillets out like a book and place them flat on a large cutting board. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then divide the ricotta stuffing between the fillets. Bring the sides of each fillet together to create a pocket that encloses the stuffing.
  5. Wrap each fillet in 2 slices of parma ham and secure with toothpicks.
  6. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and cook in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked through.
  7. Serve immediately with some mashed potatoes or side salad.

Recipe courtesy of Kevin Dundon