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What's for Dinner: Chicken Parmesan Wheels

Catherine McCord of Weelicious shares a recipe

chicken parmesan pinwheels!

You can go ten rounds with your kids over what’s for dinner, or you can just pick up Catherine McCord’s Weelicious.

The Web sensation’s first cookbook is a compilation of favorite recipes from her site and new menu options you’ve never seen before. From first foods (purees) to healthy desserts, McCord has built a mini food empire around flavors and meals that please, engage, and delight all eaters — young and old(er).

This recipe takes me back to my mom’s dinner parties, when she would let me be her little helper in the kitchen. One of her crowd-pleasers was chicken stuffed with cheese and ham. I put my own healthy twist on that dish, using spinach for some added nutrition. Kids love shapes and colors; cutting these into pinwheels exposes the beautiful green spinach and gooey cheese.

Chicken Parmesan Wheels
Serves four

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs.)
1 c. baby spinach
1 c. shredded mozzarella
¼ c. grated Parmesan
2 lg. eggs
½ c. bread crumbs
¼ c. flour
1 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
½ tsp. kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Place the chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap and use a mallet to pound them to ¼ inch thick. Lightly season with ½ tsp. salt.

3. Top each piece of chicken with the spinach, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Roll the breasts into cylinders and secure them with toothpicks.

4. Whisk eggs in a medium bowl and mix in 1 tbsp. water. In a separate bowl, combine bread crumbs and flour.

5. Roll each breast in egg; coat it in the bread crumb mixture.

6. Heat the oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken rolls on all sides for a total of 2 minutes.

7. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake 16-18 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

8. Slice the breasts into 1½-inch-thick wheels and serve.

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Photo: Maren Caruso / Courtesy of Weelicious