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Tired of plain chicken? Try preparing it stuffed! This broccoli stuffed chicken breast recipe takes a classic flavor combo and pairs it with protein for a simple, comforting dish. Chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese takes a similar approach to other stuffed chicken recipes, like spinach stuffed chicken breast or asparagus stuffed chicken, but with a creamy broccoli filling similar to broccoli casserole. Enjoy it any night of the week — this healthy dinner is that fast and easy!
Why You’ll Love This Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe
- Juicy, tender chicken
- Creamy, cheesy filling
- Simple ingredients
- No need to cook the broccoli first
- Naturally low carb and full of veggies
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for broccoli cheddar stuffed chicken breast, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – These are best for stuffing. Boneless skinless chicken thighs would be too small to stuff, but you could sandwich the filling between two of them if that’s what you have on hand.
- Seasoning – Including sea salt, black pepper, dried oregano, and paprika. If you have poultry seasoning on hand, that would make an excellent addition.
- Olive Oil – For searing the chicken to give it a nice golden crust on the outside. You can use another neutral cooking oil, such as avocado oil.
- Broccoli Florets – I used fresh broccoli, but frozen would work as well. Either way, you’ll need to chop it finely to fit inside the filling.
- Cheddar Cheese – Sharp cheddar cheese tastes delicious in this stuffed chicken breast recipe, but any kind works (including pre-shredded varieties).
- Cream Cheese – Leave the cream cheese on the counter for about 30-minutes to soften. Using cold cream cheese will make it difficult to mix the stuffing ingredients. Or, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments until it softens.
- Spices – Season the filling with garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper to taste.
How To Make Stuffed Chicken Breast
This section shows how to make cheesy broccoli stuffed chicken breast, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Butterfly the chicken. Use a sharp knife to slice a pocket in each chicken breast lengthwise horizontally, being careful not to cut all the way through.
- Season. Coat chicken with salt, pepper, oregano, and paprika. Set aside.
- Make the filling. In a large bowl, mix filling ingredients: chopped broccoli, shredded cheese, cream cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Stuff the chicken. Divide the filling into 4 portions. Stuff the mixture inside the chicken breasts.
- Seal. Fold the chicken breasts closed and secure with toothpicks.
- Sear. Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a large oven safe skillet (or a large cast iron skillet) over medium-high heat. Sear both sides of the stuffed chicken breast, just until browned. (It does not need to cook through at this step.)
- Bake. Transfer the skillet to a preheated oven. Bake broccoli stuffed chicken until cooked through. Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, making sure to measure inserted into the chicken and not the filling.
- Store: Allow chicken to cool. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- Reheat: Warm up stuffed chicken breast recipes in the microwave, in the oven at 350 degrees F, or in the air fryer at 325 degrees F.
- Freeze: Allow to cool, then wrap in plastic or aluminum foil and place in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
What To Serve With Broccoli Stuffed Chicken
Chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese goes well with so many dishes. Here are a few ideas:
- Vegetables – If you want an easy side to make while the chicken cooks in the oven, sauteed zucchini, eggplant, or sauteed asparagus would all be delicious.
- Rice & Noodles – Pick your favorite noodles or rice! Zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or cauliflower rice make great healthier options.
- Potatoes – Classics like crispy roasted potatoes and roasted sweet potatoes make perfect sides for this broccoli cheese stuffed chicken breast recipe. For a less starchy version, try mashed cauliflower.
- Salad – Pair this dish with 7 layer salad, pear salad, or French carrot salad for a quick and simple side.
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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (191 degrees C).
Use a sharp knife to cut a pocket in each chicken breast lengthwise horizontally, being careful not to cut all the way through.
Season the chicken with salt, pepper, oregano, and paprika. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients: chopped broccoli, shredded cheese, cream cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Divide the filling into 4 portions and stuff inside the chicken breasts. Secure the chicken closed with toothpicks.
Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side, just until browned. (The chicken does not need to cook through at this step, just get golden brown.)
Transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake broccoli stuffed chicken for about 20 minutes, until cooked through. (The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) using a meat thermometer — make sure to measure the temp of the chicken, not the filling.) Remove the toothpicks before serving.
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Serving size: 1 broccoli stuffed chicken breast
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