You won’t believe how tender and delicious this Stuffed Chicken Breast is! It’s super easy to prep, making it a perfect weeknight healthy dinner for you or a great dish to impress your guests.
If you follow this blog, you will know that chicken breast is a central part of my healthy fitness cooking. I am always on the lookout for more tasty chicken breast recipes.
Normally, I would browse Pinterest for recipe ideas, but this one was based entirely on what I had left in the fridge after making a huge salad for lunch.
And it turned out to be one of the best recipes I have ever cooked!
Don’t let the idea of “stuffing” in this dish fool you: there are NO complicated steps or fiddling required! In fact, the entire meal can be ready in less than 30 minutes.
In fact, this is one of my favorite meals to serve when I have guests. It’s an impressive dinner that is secretly so easy to make. My friends ALWAYS ask for the recipe, which I think is one of the best compliments I can receive when I cook for a group!
How to make stuffed chicken breast
Ready to see how easy this delicious and beautiful recipe is to prep? The entire meal can be ready in less than 30 minutes if you don’t mess around. You can chop the vegetables for the stuffing while the oven heats up, and getting the stuffing into the chicken breasts is done in a heartbeat!
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 365 F (185 C).
Step 2: About halfway up the chicken breast, cut a slit lengthwise to create a pocket for the filling.
Step 3: Chop up the mozzarella, artichoke, basil, tomato, and garlic. Mix to combine.
Step 4: Stuff the mixture into the chicken breast where you created the pocket.
Step 5: Use a few toothpicks to close the chicken breast around the stuffing.
Step 6: Place the chicken breast on a baking sheet or aluminum foil and season it with pepper, curry powder, and paprika.
Step 7: Bake for around 20 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken breast).
Step 8: Remove toothpicks and serve!
How easy is that?
If you’re more of a visual person, you can also see exactly how I stuff the chicken breast in this short video:
Prepping chicken breasts in advance
If you want to prepare some of this recipe ahead of time, you can pre-cook a few chicken breasts.
Then, when you’re ready to eat, just cut the pocket into the side of the chicken, add the stuffing, then microwave for about a minute before serving.
It won’t be QUITE as good as when you cook everything together from scratch, but it’s still delicious. I do this a lot when I don’t have time (or am too lazy) to cook.
What can you stuff chicken breast with?
As I mentioned earlier, I created this stuffing based on what I had leftover in my fridge from a big salad I’d made. I love the flavor combination and definitely recommend you try it!
However, if any of these ingredients aren’t quite your taste, you are welcome to swap them out. I know a few readers have substituted the artichoke hearts with asparagus and had great results! Spinach is another popular filling ingredient.
Feel free to experiment, there are lots of tasty combinations when it comes to the stuffing for your chicken breast.
Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
If you are prepping ahead, I recommend using the method above to pre-cook the chicken and then adding the stuffing when you’re ready to serve. This will give you a better flavor and texture than making the full recipe and letting it sit for a few days.
More delicious and healthy chicken breast recipes
Are you like me and love having plenty of great chicken breast recipes on hand? If so, here are a few more of my favorites that I’m sure you’ll love:
- Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast with Cream Cheese
- Mustard Baked Chicken Tenders
- Lemon Chicken Piccata
For even more inspiration, check out this roundup of my favorite low-carb chicken recipes for people with diabetes. You can never have too many tasty chicken breast recipes, right?
When you’ve tried this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Healthy Stuffed Chicken Breast
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 oz. low-fat mozzarella
- 1 artichoke heart (from a can)
- 1 tsp. sundried tomato, (chopped)
- 5 large basil leaves
- 1 clove garlic
- ¼ tsp. curry powder
- ¼ tsp. paprika
- Pinch of pepper
- Preheat the oven to 365 F (185 C).
- About halfway up the chicken breast, cut a slit lengthwise to create a pocket for the filling.
- Chop up the mozzarella, artichoke, basil, tomato, and garlic. Mix to combine.
- Stuff the mixture into the chicken breast where you created the pocket.
- Use a few toothpicks to close the chicken breast around the stuffing.
- Place the chicken breast on a baking sheet or aluminum foil and season it with pepper, curry powder, and paprika.
- Bake for around 20 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken breast).
- Remove toothpicks and serve!