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Chicken stuffed with broccoli


This delicious chicken stuffed with broccoli is extra easy to make. It’s filled with warm cheesy filling, it looks festive and perfect for any day of the week or even for a special celebration.

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Recipe Features

  • This broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken makes an easy chicken dinner.
  • The prep time is only 10 minutes.
  • This stuffed chicken is low carb, refined-sugar-free, gluten-free.
  • The gooey cheesy filling makes it picky eater-approved.

Ingredients You will need

Chicken breast-Choose large-sized boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Broccoli-I used frozen broccoli florets, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes.

Sharp Cheddar Cheese– For best flavor use freshly shredded cheddar cheese

Goat cheese-Feel free to substitute with cream cheese if not available

Spices of your choice. I used chili powder and black pepper.

two plates with ingredients to make stuffed chicken breast: raw chicken breast, broccoli, cheese, goat cheese

How to Make Stuffed Chicken with broccoli

Step 1. Gather the ingredients and preheat the oven to 425 F degrees. Soak frozen broccoli in a cup of hot water. Make the “filling”- shred the cheddar cheese if not grated. Drain and cut broccoli into small pieces. Place chopped broccoli into a small bowl, combine with shredded cheese and goat cheese, add some salt.

mixing bowl with green mixture for filling chicken

Step 2. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Lay chicken breasts horizontally on the cutting board and use a sharp knife slice to make a “pocket” in each breast by cutting the thickest side but not completely through. Add cheesy broccoli stuffing inside the chicken breast, divide evenly, pack tightly.

raw chicken stuffed with green colored stuffing

Step 3. Season stuffed chicken with salt and pepper, add some chili powder, rub really well all over the chicken.

white plate with raw stuffed chicken breasts sprinkled with brown spices

Step 4. Heat oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil so that bottom of the skillet is well coated. Add chicken breasts and sear in the skillet for 1-2 minutes per side till browned. The goal here is to create browned coating but not to cook the chicken through. Once chicken breasts are browned, place the skillet in the preheated oven on the middle rack and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. The temperature inside the chicken breast should measure at 165 F degrees.

cast iron skillet with roasted chicken breasts with melted green-colored stuffing inside

Recipe Tips

The serving size is half of the large chicken breast.

Chicken breasts. Choose a large size, this will help to keep all the filling in.

Cheddar Cheese. Choosing two kinds of cheeses, one of which is soft will help to create a gooey filling and enhance the flavor. Choose freshly grated cheese, it will melt perfectly.

Broccoli, use fresh or frozen. I use frozen and either let them sit on the counter to defrost for 20 minutes or soak in the hot water for 5 minutes. Make sure to chop them small.

Smoked paprika truly adds to the color and flavor palette.

When adding the cheese mixture stuffing, ensure to tightly fill it so broccoli mixture stays in while cooking chicken breast in the pan.

For best flavor and for chicken meat to stay moist, don’t overcook the chicken. Use a meat thermometer or digital food thermometer, the internal temperature should measure at 165F.

Preheat the skillet before adding oil and stuffed chicken breast, this will prevent overcooked chicken breast and help to create a brown coating.

Don’t add too much olive oil to the skillet to avoid smoke inside the oven, you will need only a little.

Use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet and ensure it’s large enough to fit all three large chicken breasts.

When cooking in the skillet, turn the broccoli cheese stuffed chicken after 1-2 minutes to ensure the chicken had enough time to brown.

Variations

When making a stuffed chicken breast recipe you can skip browning chicken in the skillet and bake it directly in the oven. You might need to use an oven-safe dish instead and increase the cooking time.

The filling can be adjusted and flavored with many different ingredients:

  • minced garlic, garlic powder, italian seasoning, onion powder
  • cream cheese instead of goat cheese
  • added chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • different cheese varieties, mozzarella cheese or harvati
  • fill with cooked wild rice and mushroom mixture
white serving plate with two cooked chicken breasts filled with melted cheese and broccoli filling

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white serving plate with two cooked chicken breasts filled with melted cheese and broccoli filling

Chicken Stuffed With Broccoli

Natalia-Flavorful Home
This delicious chicken stuffed with broccoli is extra easy to make. It’s looks festive like you really put an effort into it and taste even better.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 3 chicken breasts  boneless, large
  • 1 1/2 cup broccoli florets frozen
  • 1 cup Irish cheese grated
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper for filling
  • 1/2 tsp salt for filling
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Prep and make the filling. Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees. Soak frozen broccoli in a cup of hot water. Make the “filling”- shred the cheese if not grated. Drain and cut broccoli into small pieces. Combine with goat cheese, add some salt.
  • Stuff the chicken. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Lay chicken breast and use sharp knife slice horizontally to make a “pocket” in each breast by cutting the thickest side but not completely through. Add cheesy stuffing inside the chicken breast, divide evenly, pack tightly. Season chicken with salt and chili powder, rub really well all over the chicken.
  • Cook the chicken. Heat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add a teaspoon of olive oil so that bottom of the skillet is well coated. Add chicken breasts and sear in the skillet for 1-2 minutes per side till browned. The goal here ios to create browned coating but not to cook chicken trough. Once chicken breasts are browned, place skillet in the oven on the middle rack and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. The temperature inside the chicken breast should measure at 165 F degrees.

Notes

The serving size is the half of the large chicken breast.
Chicken breasts. Choose a large size, this will help to keep all the filling in.
Cheddar Cheese. Choosing two kinds of cheeses, one of which is soft will help to create a gooey filling and enhance the flavor. Choose freshly grated cheese, it will melt perfectly.
Broccoli, use fresh or frozen. I use frozen and either let them sit on the counter to defrost for 20 minutes or soak in the hot water for 5 minutes. Make sure to chop them small.
Smoked paprika truly adds to the color and flavor palette.
When adding the stuffing, ensure to tightly fill it so it stays in while cooking chicken breast in the pan.
For best flavor and for chicken meat to stay moist, don’t overcook the chicken. The internal temperature should measure at 165F.
Preheat the skillet before adding oil and stuffed chicken breast, this will prevent overcooked chicken breast and help to create a brown coating.
Don’t add too much oil to the skillet to avoid smoke inside the oven, you will need only a little.
Use well seasoned cast iron skillet and ensure its large enough to fit all three large chicken breasts.
When cooking in the skillet, turn the chicken after 1-2 minutes to ensure chicken had enough time to brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 33gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 715mgPotassium: 518mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 609IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 180mgIron: 1mg
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Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document her recipes and share home cooking tips. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!

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