`Menu Monday: Hassleback Chicken

So when I was browsing Facebook on Saturday a ‘proper tasty‘ post caught my eye (if you haven’t liked proper tasty’s page on Facebook you totally should – it’s full of easy-to-follow recipe videos and they all look SO SO GOOD). The video was for something called Hasselback chicken, which is basically chicken stuffed with spinach and ricotta then covered in cheddar and paprika. To view the easy instructions from proper tasty you can click here, but i’ll summarise them below as well.

I figured as we had nothing for tea yet, and we had to go shopping anyway i’d get the spinach and ricotta (I already had the rest of the ingredients) and give it a shot, to see whether proper tasty’s easy recipes really ARE proper tasty!!

So here is the recipe:

You will need (serves 2):

  • 50g Spinach
  • 50g Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 20g Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Firstly, Cook the spinach on the hob for 3-5 minutes so that it begins to wilt, then once wilted, mix in the ricotta and stir for a further few minutes over the heat until its all mixed up nicely. Remove from heat.

Chop some vertical slits in your chicken breasts – trying not to cut them all the way through (though don’t worry if you do – i’m pretty sure I did).

Stuff some of the spinach and Ricotta mix into each slit, then season the top of the chicken with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese evenly over the top of each chicken breast, and then sprinkle over some paprika to add flavour (as much as you desire, depending on how much heat you like – I like a fair bit).

Finally, pop in the oven and bake at 200 degrees celsius for 30 minutes (or until the cheddar cheese has melted and the juices run clear).

And waaa la – you can serve it with whatever you fancy – we went for a nice salad!


I really really enjoyed this – the flavours from the spinach, ricotta, cheddar and paprika all worked really well together, all though next time I may even make a bit more of the spinach and ricotta mixture as I think I could have stuffed some more in there given half a chance! It was ‘proper tasty‘ and I would definitely try some more of their recipes in the future!




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