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Spinach and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatloaf

This is a recipe repost from my original blog, Bakin’ and Eggs. I am slowly migrating my favorite recipes over to this site. This chicken meatloaf has been a favorite for almost five years! 

One of my favorite things that my grandmother cooked when I was growing up was meatloaf. It was a traditional beef-based meatloaf. She topped it with mushrooms and I loved to dip it in ketchup. Yep, it’s the most simple meals that stand out in my memories.

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I don’t make meatloaf often but when I do it’s usually a variation that is far from what I used to eat at my grandmother’s table. I first made this stuffed meatloaf a years ago after spotting it on Pennies On A Platter (which is now rebranded to Seeded at the Table). I’ve made quite a few changes to the original recipe over the years and put my own twist on it.

What I enjoy most about this dish is that the individual elements come together for a delicious flavor combination. The chicken mixture is seasoned with herbs and garlic and then stuffed with cheese and spinach and topped with marinara sauce and more cheese. Who can resist anything that’s stuffed and topped with cheese! Despite the cheese, it’s a relatively healthy take on meatloaf and also makes for a great spin on Italian night. I usually serve it with an extra drizzle or marinara, pasta and a green vegetable or salad. The leftovers reheat wonderfully.

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Mozzarella and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Meatloaf
(Recipe adapted from Seeded at the Table)

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken
1 cup marinara sauce, divided
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, diced
1/2 large onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed (optional)
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (squeeze all the water out)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch loaf pan with foil, shiny side down.

In a large bowl, combine chicken, 1/4 cup marinara sauce, bread crumbs, herbs, fennel, garlic, onion, eggs and parmesan cheese and mix well.

Press half of chicken mixture into loaf pan, creating a one-inch indentation down the center. Leave one-inch thickness on all sides. Mix together spinach and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese and spoon into the indentation. Cover with remaining chicken mixture and seal edges.

Top with remaining 3/4 cup marinara sauce and 3/4 cup cheese and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Let stand for 10 minutes and then lift out of loaf pan using foil edges. Slice and serve with additional marinara sauce, if desired.

Yield: 6-8 servings

{ 26 comments… add one }

  • 1
    Tamara February 6, 2014, 10:53 am

    Oh wow, does that look amazing!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • 2
    Nikki @Seeded at the Table February 6, 2014, 11:19 am

    I love the changes you made! Will have to give them a try, myself! :)

    • 3
      Jen February 6, 2014, 4:04 pm

      thanks so much for checking it out nikki!

  • 4
    Amanda Bee February 6, 2014, 11:26 am

    Yum! This sounds really great. Meatloaf is definitely one of those things that I have good childhood memories of, even though I’ve never made it myself :)

    • 5
      Jen February 6, 2014, 4:05 pm

      this recipe is simple and so yummy! try it out!

  • 6
    Josie February 6, 2014, 11:38 am

    I made this from your site a few years ago, and it was one of our favorites. I was actually just thinking about it recently, and how I need to make it again soon!

    PS – congrats on the book deal! One of my big goals for the year is to get my core back in shape, so I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out! So exciting for you!!

    • 7
      Jen February 6, 2014, 4:05 pm

      i know, now that i blogged it i want to make it again! thanks so much for the congrats! :) hope you and your family are well!

  • 8
    Holly February 6, 2014, 11:39 am

    This looks so wonderful. I just want to eat it…now!!! :)

  • 9
    Elizabeth @ Positive Change February 6, 2014, 12:02 pm

    Pinning! I am going to have to get give this a try! These look super yummy!

    • 10
      Jen February 6, 2014, 4:05 pm

      thanks! let me know if you try it!

  • 11
    Christina February 6, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Yay! This is one of the first Bakin & Eggs recipes I made, and it’s one of my very favorites! (that, and your chana masala recipe!) Mmmmmm…..I think I need to make it this week! :)

    • 12
      Jen February 6, 2014, 4:06 pm

      thanks so much for trying it out. man, i need to make that chana masala again! thanks for the reminder!

  • 13
    Callie February 6, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Meatloaf is my favorite childhood meal! Definitely putting this on my meal plan for next week!

    • 14
      Jen February 6, 2014, 4:06 pm

      thanks! let me know how it turns out!

  • 15
    Tracy February 6, 2014, 12:36 pm

    OMG!! So funny! My favorite grandma-cooked meal was a ham & mozzarella stuffed meatloaf similar to this one! Thanks for the reminder to make that again soon!

    • 16
      Jen February 6, 2014, 4:06 pm

      your grandma was fancy with stuffed meatloaf. love it!

  • 17
    LeeAnna Perry February 6, 2014, 12:37 pm

    This looks awesome! I will have to try it!

  • 18
    Jen@PregnantDiabetic February 6, 2014, 2:14 pm

    I’m generally not a fan of meatloaf, but this has my mouth watering right now!

    • 19
      Jen February 6, 2014, 4:07 pm

      this is not your typical meatloaf!

  • 20
    She Rocks Fitness February 6, 2014, 4:06 pm

    OMG this looks amazing and I am putting it on my “to do” list to try ASAP! Thanks for sharing Jen! XO

    • 21
      Jen February 6, 2014, 4:07 pm

      yay! you’ll love the leftovers too!

  • 22
    Nicole February 6, 2014, 5:19 pm

    Yum, thanks for sharing. I’ve been on the hunt for a good meatloaf recipe!

  • 23
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun February 6, 2014, 8:34 pm

    This looks delicious!

  • 24
    Erika February 8, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’m going to make this for a girls night in!

  • 25
    heidi February 8, 2014, 9:47 pm

    Thank you so much for posting!! This looks delicious! I’m for sure going to try this some time!!

  • 26
    Sarah February 9, 2014, 2:11 pm

    Looks so yummy! Making this tonight – do you think it would work with a different cheese than moz? Maybe cheddar?

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