Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts are a delicious and nutritious meal that’s sure to impress your family and friends. These chicken breasts are filled with a cheesy broccoli mixture, making them a great way to enjoy a wholesome and tasty dinner.

Why Make This Recipe

This recipe is perfect for anyone looking to add more vegetables to their diet without sacrificing flavor. The combination of broccoli and cheese stuffed inside juicy chicken breasts creates a mouthwatering dish that’s both satisfying and healthy. Plus, it’s simple enough for a weeknight dinner yet impressive enough for guests.

How to Make Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Steam Broccoli: Chop the broccoli florets into small pieces. Put the broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl with about 2 tablespoons of water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Alternatively, steam on the stove-top or blanch in boiling water for 1 minute.
  2. Prepare Chicken: Use a sharp knife to slice each chicken breast horizontally to form a pocket, stopping about 1/2 inch from the ends and sides. Season the chicken breasts with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Make Filling: In a large bowl, combine the steamed and chopped broccoli, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Stuff Chicken: Spoon the broccoli and cheese mixture into each chicken breast evenly. Secure with toothpicks if needed.
  5. Cook Chicken: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large cast iron or oven-safe pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden. Cover with aluminum foil and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

How to Serve Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Serve these stuffed chicken breasts hot, straight from the oven. They pair wonderfully with a side of rice, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.

How to Store Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep well for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through before serving.

Tips to Make Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts

  • Make sure to chop the broccoli into small pieces so it fits well inside the chicken breasts.
  • Use toothpicks to secure the chicken breasts if they seem too stuffed and are opening up.
  • Don’t overcook the chicken in the pan; it will finish cooking in the oven.

FAQs

Can I use frozen broccoli instead of fresh? Yes, just make sure to thaw and drain it well before using.

Can I substitute the cheese? Absolutely! You can use any cheese you like. Mozzarella or Monterey Jack would work great.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the stuffed chicken breasts ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook them.

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