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Stuffed Chicken Breast

close up overhead shot of stuffed chicken breast sliced in a baking dish
Tender chicken stuffed with cheesy vegetable filling make these stuffed chicken breasts a fantastic option for both fancy and casual dinner entrees.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 618 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 chicken breasts skinless and boneless
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ cups broccoli florets finely chopped, steamed, and cooled (about ½ head of fresh broccoli)
  • 1 small red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Cut a horizontal slice in each of the chicken breasts to form a pocket for the filling. Take care to cut evenly and not all the way through. You can use your fingers to gently open up the pocket.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Use this mixture to season the chicken on both sides as well as into the pocket you just cut.
  • In a medium bowl mix together the broccoli florets, red pepper, cheddar cheese, and sour cream.
  • Divide the filling mixture evenly between the 4 chicken breasts. Spoon the filling mixture into the pockets of the chicken breasts. If the chicken breast is really full then you can secure the chicken breasts with a couple of toothpicks. This assures that all your filling stays inside the chicken while cooking.
  • In an oven-safe skillet, heat the butter and olive oil on the stovetop over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the skillet and sear on each side for about 4 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove the skillet from the stovetop, cover with a lid or aluminum foil, and place it in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and a meat thermometer reads 165°F.
  • Plate the chicken and pour the drippings from the pan over the top of the chicken. Be sure to remove the toothpicks prior to serving.

Notes

PRO TIP: Make sure that you cut the broccoli nice and small. This will ensure that you can fit it into the chicken breast and that everything cooks evenly.
 
PRO TIP: I find that the filling stays in the chicken breasts if I pack it in quite tight. If you’re worried about it falling out, you can use toothpicks to secure the opening.
 
PRO TIP: If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet (a Cast Iron skillet works great), simply sear each stuffed breast in the skillet you have, then transfer them to a baking dish to put them in the oven. Make sure that if you transfer to a baking dish that you pour all of your pan drippings into the casserole dish prior to finishing baking in the oven.
 
PRO TIP: Be sure to remove the toothpicks before serving.

Nutrition

Sodium: 853mgCalcium: 370mgVitamin C: 57mgVitamin A: 1762IUSugar: 2gFiber: 2gPotassium: 1086mgCholesterol: 219mgCalories: 618kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 18gFat: 38gProtein: 61gCarbohydrates: 6gIron: 2mg