I currently live in Charlotte, NC and after spending 7 years as a personal chef and caterer, I am now happy to share my love of cooking with friends and family. My heart is in the kitchen, but my soul is in the stars!

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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