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Even though I’m still traveling, I wanted to make sure to have you guys covered with easy low carb meals. I know I’m going to turn to them when I get back home tired and wanting simplicity. And since we still have another month left of asparagus season, I had to share this healthy asparagus stuffed chicken recipe with you!
Ingredients for Chicken Stuffed with Asparagus and Cheese
I love stuffed chicken. It’s one of the easiest ways to make a weeknight meal that looks nice enough for guests, too. And if you haven’t made it before, you’d be surprised how easy it is!
I have a few other low carb stuffed chicken recipes, so you’ve got choices for your favorite! Whether it’s spinach stuffed chicken breast, stuffed chicken with spinach and tomatoes, or pesto stuffed chicken, you can’t go wrong.
And, chicken stuffed with asparagus and cheese is just as easy, if not easier! And totally delicious for spring especially!
Check out these simple ingredients:
- Chicken breast
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Provolone cheese
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Smoked paprika
Of course, it’s easy to make variations of healthy asparagus stuffed chicken! Feel free to swap the provolone for a different cheese, like Swiss, Cheddar, or Gruyere. Mixing up different spices is great, too.
How To Cook Stuffed Chicken Breast With Asparagus and Cheese
Let’s get to it! I want to cover the steps for how to make stuffed chicken breast with asparagus in a little more detail, with some tips thrown in.
1. Brine the chicken
The first secret in learning how to cook stuffed chicken breast is actually the same as cooking chicken breast in general! Just like my basic baked chicken breast recipe, start by brining the chicken in salt water. It takes 10 to 20 minutes, but makes such a huge difference in how juicy it is in the end.
You can preheat the oven while the chicken brines, saving time. I prefer 450 degrees in most of my low carb chicken recipes, and that’s true for healthy asparagus stuffed chicken, too.
2. Get the Chicken to Even Thickness
Next, we do something called butterfly the chicken breast. What does that mean? Simply cut the chicken breast across, not quite all the way through, and then “open” it up so that it lays flat and is thinner. The technique is called “butterfly” because opening is like butterfly wings. Then you can pound the chicken with a meat mallet, forming a circle about 1/4 inch thick.
To make a long story short, the point is to make the chicken a very thin, even thickness. That means the asparagus stuffed chicken breast you get in the end will be cooked evenly. Cutting it to be thinner and then pounding gets it done!
3. Brush with Oil & Lemon Juice
It may be another step, but it’s quick and easy! Whisk together some olive oil and lemon juice, and brush it all over the chicken on both sides. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, too. Tons of flavor here!
4. Add the Filling
Lay out the circles of thin chicken breast so that you can add the filling to all of them simultaneously. We all want to save time, right?
Spread minced garlic in the middle of each, then provolone cheese and asparagus spears.
5. Roll up the Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast
Rolling up asparagus stuffed chicken breast might sound intimidating, but please don’t be intimidated! If you got your chicken really thin already, it’s super easy.
Start at the end parallel to the asparagus and start rolling tightly. For some stuffed chicken recipes you need to tuck in the sides, but not for this one! That makes it even easier – just leave the asparagus ends hanging out.
Place the asparagus stuffed chicken onto the baking sheet, seam side down. This will keep it closed.
If you are having trouble getting it to stay without unrolling, you can keep it shut with toothpicks. But, usually that’s not needed! Just roll it tightly and place seam side down, that’s all it takes.
6. Add Finishing Touches
You can bake the healthy asparagus stuffed chicken as-is at this point, but adding a bit more really makes it better. Brush the asparagus with more lemon juice/olive oil mixture, and sprinkle the chicken itself with grated Parmesan and smoked paprika. Other spices can be delicious here, too! Use whatever you like.
7. Bake the Stuffed Chicken
Last step, yay! Bake the chicken for 16 to 18 minutes, until it’s no longer pink in the center.
This is actually one of the most awesome things about this stuffed chicken with asparagus and cheese. Baking it doesn’t take a lot of time. Let’s be real, that is what so many of us want (and need) for dinner!
How To Make Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast Ahead
If you like to meal prep like I do, you may be wondering how to cook asparagus stuffed chicken breast ahead of time. And, you totally can!
Simply complete all the steps except the baking. Then refrigerate your pan, covered, until ready to cook.
When it’s dinner time, you can brush the chicken with a little more lemon juice/olive oil mixture right before baking, to give it a boost. Just pop it in the oven and you’re good to go. Your healthy, low carb dinner will be ready in just a little over 15 minutes!
If you want to make this dish extra decadent without much more effort, try topping it with some alfredo sauce – yum!
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Place the chicken breasts into a large bowl. Fill with warm water and add a couple tablespoons of salt. Stir to dissolve. Set aside to brine for 10-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and grease.
When the chicken breasts are done brining, remove from the bowl and pat dry.
Butterfly each chicken breast - cut horizontally without cutting all the way through, then "open" it up so that it lays flat and is thinner. Use a flat-sided meat mallet to pound into a circle 1/4 in (6 mm) thick.
Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice. Brush one side of the chicken with the mixture, then season with salt and pepper. Flip over and repeat on the other side.
Spread minced garlic down the center of each piece of chicken. Top with 2 slices of provolone, then 3 trimmed spears of asparagus.
Roll up the chicken, with the asparagus and cheese inside. Place onto the baking sheet, seam side down. Repeat with all the pieces. Brush the tips of the asparagus sticking out with any leftover oil/lemon juice mixture.
Sprinkle the chicken lightly with grated Parmesan cheese, if using, and smoked paprika.
Bake for 16-18 minutes, until cooked through. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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Serving size: 1 large stuffed chicken breast
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