- STEP 1
Start with the sauce. Peel and seed the tomatoes and place to one side. Next pour your measured oil into a deep skillet or pot and leave on a medium heat.
- STEP 2
Next dice your onions and peel/chop your garlic as finely as you can. Once you have done this add them to the simmering oil and stir until the onions become colourless.
- STEP 3
Then add the herbs, tomatoes and cherry tomatoes stirring well until thoroughly combined. After this add the tomato puree and stir again. Finally add season generously and stir once more.
- STEP 4
Place a lid over the pan and leave to simmer for 1.5-2 hours stirring every 20 to ensure the sauce-like consistency.
- STEP 5
While the sauce is simmering you can begin to prep the chicken. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees centigrade and begin by pouring the breadcrumbs into a bowl and mixing them thoroughly with the salt and a generous sprinkle of parmesan.
- STEP 6
Next prep the filling. Using a frying pan sauté the spinach using garlic oil to add flavour until just cooked. then mix together the spinach, a tablespoon of parmesan and 1 egg white. Stir gently as to not let air into the egg white.
- STEP 7
Next prepare the chicken. slit the raw chicken in the middle and so a flap is created. then spoon in a tablespoon or enough of the spinach mixture into the flap and so it is not pouring out of the chicken but the flap just gently rests on top and the flap still closes. Repeat this with all the chicken breasts you could add an optional smooth layer of ricotta cheese for a little extra flavour.
- STEP 8
(optional) Place the chicken in the remaining egg white and cover completely and dip in the breadcrumb/parmesan mix then place in an oiled baking dish. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts and place them evenly apart from each other.
- STEP 9
Bake the chicken in the oven for 25 minutes until the breadcrumbs have turned golden brown. Then remove from the oven and cover in the tomato sauce and place a slice of mozzarella over the top of each breast.
- STEP 10
Place back in the oven and for roughly 5 minutes until the mozzarella has melted. Then sprinkle with the remaining parmesan and basil leaves and serve warm. This dish can be served with mushrooms, potatoes or seasonal veg for an additional healthy and delicious taste.