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When I need a super easy low carb dinner, this spinach stuffed chicken breast recipe with cheese is a staple that I keep coming back to. It’s quick, simple, and uses common ingredients that I tend to have on hand frequently.
And right now, I’ve needed easy low carb dinners more than ever. My second little girl was born just a little over a week ago! I’m completely overcome with feelings of joy, not to mention amazed at how much I fell in love with her immediately. I’d felt like I couldn’t possibly love anyone as much as I care for my first child, but it really is true that your love just multiplies with another.
Needless to say, I’m tired and don’t have much time to cook right now. Fortunately, my freezer is piled high with meals, like this baked pesto stuffed chicken with bacon, and chicken bacon ranch casserole, I’d prepared throughout my pregnancy. Now, we are taking full advantage of it almost every day!
For the other days, I’m making easy 30 minute recipes. Like this spinach stuffed chicken breast. With just 10 minutes of prep, just about anyone can find time to make it. (Or, if you need more easy low carb chicken ideas, have you seen this collection of the best low carb chicken recipes yet?)
How To Make Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Cream Cheese
This spinach and cheese stuffed chicken is based on my juicy baked chicken breast recipe. I use the same brining technique, oven temperature, and brush the top with butter for flavor.
And, it’s even better with a rich, cheesy spinach mixture stuffed inside. The tomatoes and cheese on top also keep moisture from escaping, which makes the chicken extra juicy.
Here are a few tips for making this spinach cream cheese stuffed chicken recipe:
Try to pick pieces of chicken similar in size.
This will ensure they bake at the same size.
Slice the tomatoes super thinly.
You want them to get nice and soft, with some of the juices getting on the chicken. Thicker slices won’t work as well.
Don’t let the chicken breasts touch each other in the pan.
If you do, it will take much longer to finish baking and you risk raw parts inside.
What Goes with Spinach Stuffed Chicken
Easy spinach and cheese stuffed chicken goes with just about any low carb side dish recipe. And if you have family members that are not low carb, you can easily serve the spinach stuffed chicken breast with potatoes or pasta for them.
Here are a few easy low carb side dish ideas to try with spinach stuffed chicken:
You could also do a simple green salad, too!
How To Meal Prep Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Cream Cheese
Spinach cream cheese stuffed chicken makes a great make-ahead recipe.
To do so, you can complete all the steps except baking, right on a small jelly roll pan and stick it in the fridge. It will keep this way for a few days.
When it’s time for dinner, just place the pan in the oven and you’re good to go! It might just take a few minutes longer, since it’s cold.
Can You Freeze Spinach Stuffed Chicken?
Yes, you can. Even though cream cheese does not usually freeze well, it’s fine for a spinach stuffed chicken recipe where it will be cooked.
Here is how to freeze spinach stuffed chicken. First, do the same steps you would to make it normally: brine the chicken, make the cream cheese filling, butterfly and stuff the chicken.
Now, you can just freeze the stuffed chicken breasts on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Once they are solid, move them to a freezer bag.
When you’re ready to eat, you can place the frozen chicken in the oven. Once it’s close to done but not quite, add the tomatoes and cheese, then continue baking.
Viola… spinach stuffed chicken breast is melt-y, cheesy goodness made easy!
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- Steamer basket – For steaming the spinach if you don’t want to use the microwave.
Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cheese (Low Carb, Gluten-free) - 6 Ingredients
This cheese and spinach stuffed chicken breast recipe takes just 30 minutes! Just a few common ingredients needed for the best easy spinach and cheese stuffed chicken ever.
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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C). Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper or foil (or use a stoneware pan that doesn't stick).
Fill a large bowl with water and a couple tablespoons of sea salt. Place the chicken breasts in the water, submerging fully. Brine for at least 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, steam the spinach in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or on the stove for 3-5 minutes, until wilted. When the spinach is cool enough to handle, squeeze over the sink to release as much water as possible. Place back into the bowl.
Stir the garlic and 2 oz shredded mozzarella (half of the total amount) into the spinach. Heat the cream cheese until easy to stir, then mix that in.
- Remove the chicken from the water and pat dry. Place onto the prepared baking pan. Cut a slit in each chicken breast horizontally, creating a pocket.
Stuff the spinach mixture into each pocket in the chicken. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and black pepper.
Top each piece of chicken with 2 tomato slices and 1/2 oz shredded mozzarella.
Bake for 16-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. (If the cheese starts to brown sooner, you can tent the top with foil and continue baking.)
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Serving size: 1 stuffed chicken breast
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