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Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Sliced in half to show cheesy filling
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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breast

Tender and juicy Chicken Breast is butterflied, tenderized and then stuffed with an ooey gooey Cheddar Cheese & Broccoli mixture.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy weeknight meal,chicken,broccoli,cheddar cheese,mayonnaise,spinach,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 286kcal
Author Nicole Crocker

Equipment

Skillet
Sharp knife
Meat tenderizer
Mixing bowl
Cutting board

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Boneless skinless chicken breast ,about 4 breasts total
  • 1 Cup Chopped Broccoli ,finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Spinach ,optional
  • 1 Cup Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaisse ,Cream Cheese can also be substituted for this
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Broccoli Cheese Filling

  • Finely chop about 4-5 broccoli florets to equal roughly 1 cup.
    Broccoli Chopped on a cutting board
  • Finely Chop 1/2 cup of baby spinach.
    Chopped spinach on a cutting board.
  • Place broccoli, spinach, cheddar cheese and mayo into a mixing bowl and toss well to coat. Then set aside.
    Broccoli and cheese filling in a bowl

Butterfly your chicken breasts

  • On a cutting board covered with plastic wrap carefully cut through the breast leaving a bit still attached on the other side.
    demonstration of how to cut through chicken breast
  • Then fold the breast open so you have one large thinner breast.
    Demonstration of how chicken breast should look once it is butterflied
  • Cover your butterflied chicken breast with plastic wrap and lightly pound with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin.
    demonstration of how to use a meat tenderizer on breast
  • Add salt and pepper to both sides of your breast and then place a large spoonful of the broccoli cheese filling in the center of the breast.
    Filling placed on breast with a spoon
  • Fold one end of the chicken breast of the filling and continue to roll so all of the filling is covered.
    Demonstration of how to roll up breast around the filling
  • Secure the end of the chicken breast with a toothpick.
  • Repeat with all of your chicken breasts.

Cooking your Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

  • Preheat oven to 425 Degrees Farenheit.
    Preheat an oven safe skillet on your stove top over medium high- high heat until it gets nice and hot.
    Place about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into your pan and add your chicken. Sear all of the sides of your chicken for a few seconds until it forms a nice browned coating.
    Seared chicken breast in a skillet.
  • Place seared chicken in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Chicken should be cooked when it's internal temperature reaches 165 Degrees F.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for about 5 minutes then cut and serve.

Notes

Tips for stretching this meal
  • Butterfly and tenderize the chicken
  • Cut Stuffed Chicken Breasts into slices and place on a serving dish.
Tips for preparing the Broccoli Cheese Filling
  • Chop broccoli up nice and small so it cooks perfectly
  • Adding other veggies that you like is fine as long as you don't add so many that your cheese/mayo/veggie ratio gets thrown off. 
  • Some other good veggies to add would be red pepper, spinach, garlic, onion. What ever your favorites are. 
Other important tips
  • Preheating your skillet is vital to searing in the juices in the chicken breast.
  • Remove the toothpick before serving so no one gets any surprise ingredients!!!

Nutrition

Serving: 5ounces | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 640mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 563IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 1mg