Et tu Brute?

There are times when a salad just won't do the trick to satiate your appetite, even one loaded with chicken for protein.  But take those same salad-making items, twist them around and you have quick and easy Chicken Caesar Florentine ~ a chicken breast stuffed with fresh spinach and coated with crushed garlic croutons and zesty Caesar dressing.

It's perfect for those time-crunched evenings when dinner needs to come together quickly and better yet, it's kid-friendly!  

Chicken Caesar Florentine

Adapted from Taste of Home Cooking Magazine, Dec/Jan 2012
Serves 4

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1-1/2 cups Caesar salad croutons, coarsely crushed, divided
1/2 cup fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup creamy Caesar salad dressing, divided
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets

In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 cup crushed croutons, spinach and 1/2 cup salad dressing. Place equal amounts of mixture vertically along the center of the chicken cutlets and roll up into a bundle.  Secure bundles with toothpicks.

Place remaining dressing and crushed croutons in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in dressing, then roll in croutons.

Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.



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