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Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken is all kinds of delicious! Succulent chicken breast is stuffed with the most flavorful broccoli, cream cheese and cheddar mix,
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Mariam E.

Ingredients

  • 4 whole chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. black pepper freshly cracked
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsps. paprika
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning or your favorite blend
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 whole lime for rubbing the chicken before stuffing.
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Stuffing

  • 2 cups broccoli florets lightly steamed and chopped
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 4 oz. jalapeno cheddar shredded
  • 1 large jalapeno petite diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper petite diced
  • 4 oz. sundried tomatoes finely chopped

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken horizontally to form a pocket without cutting it all the way through. Rub the chicken with a piece of lime all over, releasing some of the juice.
  • Mix the spices in a small bowl and sprinkle it all over the chicken on the inside and the outside.
  • In another bowl, place the stuffing ingredients and mix to incorporate the ingredients well together.
  • Place a generous amount of stuffing into the chicken and wrap to cover the stuffing. Secure the sides with tooth pick.
  • Heat up the olive oil in an oven safe skillet and pan sear the chicken breasts on each side for about 4-5 minutes on medium high heat to create a nice golden color on the outside.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the bottom of the skillet and transfer the skillet to a pre-heated 400 degree oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees.
  • Once the chicken is ready, remove from the oven and let is rest on your stove for 5 minutes, covered with aluminum foil. This is important please don't skip.
  • Remove the tooth picks and garnish with some freshly chopped parsley and serve.

Notes

  • Chop your broccoli florets small so they can all fit inside the chicken.
  • Use large chicken breasts.
  • Don't cut your chicken all the way through.
  • Lightly steam your broccoli florets before mixing it into the stuffing.
  • Make sure to rub the spice mix outside and inside the chicken breast.
  • If you don’t have an oven safe skillet, you can sear the chicken in the skillet first, then transfer them to an oven safe dish.
  • Remove seeds and ribs from the jalapeno, if you want it less spicy.
  • Allow your chicken to rest for 5 mins before serving, this lets all the juices distribute throughout the chicken - making it super succulent!
  • You can replace jalapeno cheddar with normal cheddar
  • To cook on stove only, covered with a lid on medium low heat until chicken is fully cooked. 10-15 minutes after pan searing for color.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 1333mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2822IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 4mg
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