Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast

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Crafted in just a half-hour, our delicious broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breasts offer a delightfully simple dinner idea. The dish features succulent chicken breasts generously filled with a blend of steamed broccoli, creamy mozzarella cheese, and velvety cream cheese. The result is a culinary creation that holds a special place in the hearts of children, making it a favored choice among the younger audience.

broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast being removed from a skillet

With the perfect balance of flavors and textures, these stuffed chicken breasts effortlessly captivate taste buds, proving that gourmet-style meals can be both accessible and appealing. Elevate your dining experience with this easy-to-make yet incredibly delicious dish that caters to the preferences of both young and mature palates.

Looking for side dishes to serve with this cream cheese chicken? Instant Pot Red Potatoes, Veggie Mac and Cheese or Vegetable Chowder are all great options!

For more chicken breast recipes, try our Low Carb Chicken Breast Recipe, Buffalo Chicken Breast, One Pan Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi , and Baked Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole. All are easy to create and packed with flavor!

ingredients to make stuffed chicken breasts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, steamed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 fresh lemon optional

How To Make

Start by adding the steamed broccoli, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and garlic powder to a large mixing bowl. Blend well using a fork to easily mix the cream cheese with the other ingredients.

PRO TIP: For easy methods of steaming broccoli try Instant Pot Broccoli (without a steamer basket) or microwaved steamed broccoli, then squeeze any excess water from the steamed broccoli before adding to the mixing bowl.

Stuff the chicken breasts

Once you learn how to stuff chicken breasts, you can easily use the method for this recipe or to stuff chicken with any ingredient combination. Stuffed Chicken Parmesan and Fajita Stuffed Chicken Breasts are two other tasty stuffed chicken recipes.

Place the chicken breasts onto a cutting board. Then, cut a pocket into the chicken by slicing lengthwise, but not all the way through.

PRO TIP: If the chicken breasts are thick, first cut them in half, lengthwise then cut the pocket to speed up the cooking time.

Using a spoon, divide the broccoli mixture equally and stuff into the pockets.

Cook the chicken

Next, warm a skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and let it get hot.

Add the stuffed chicken breasts then season with salt and pepper. Let the chicken cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip then cook an additional 5-6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Serve immediately.

PRO TIP: Squeeze a drizzle of fresh lemon juice onto chicken right before serving for a flavor boost.

broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast on a plate with a sweet potato with a skillet in the background

Recipe Tips and Tricks

Prep Wisely: Ensure all ingredients are prepped and ready before starting. This includes having the broccoli steamed, cream cheese softened, and mozzarella shredded.

Thorough Mixing: Achieve a uniform stuffing consistency by blending the steamed broccoli, room temperature cream cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and garlic powder well. A fork works excellently for this task.

Chicken Pocket Technique: When cutting a pocket into the chicken breasts, take care not to slice all the way through. If the breasts are thick, halve them lengthwise for easier stuffing.

Even Stuffing Distribution: Use a spoon to divide the broccoli mixture evenly among the chicken pockets, ensuring a consistent and flavorful filling.

Proper Cooking Temperature: Cook the stuffed chicken in a preheated skillet over medium heat. Allow the olive oil to get hot before adding the chicken. Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F for safe consumption.

Citrus Zest: Elevate the dish with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice before serving. The citrusy touch adds a refreshing element to the savory flavors.

Serve Promptly: For optimal taste and texture, serve the stuffed chicken immediately after cooking. This ensures the dish is enjoyed at its best.

broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast on a plate with a sweet potato

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you replace the broccoli with another ingredient?

The broccoli can easily be swapped with any other ingredient if desired – from cooked spinach to bell peppers, mushrooms to asparagus.

How to make this recipe with frozen broccoli?

Fresh or frozen broccoli can be used. Either way, steam the broccoli then squeeze any excess water before mixing with the other ingredients.

Can you make ahead of time?

This dish can be prepped up to a day ahead, stored covered in the fridge then cooked the next evening before serving for dinner.

How to make this recipe without cream cheese?

Substitute the cream cheese with Boursin cheese.

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broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast on a plate with a sweet potato with a skillet in the background

Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Course Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Crafted in just a half-hour, our delicious broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breasts offer a delightfully simple dinner idea. The dish features succulent chicken breasts generously filled with a blend of steamed broccoli, creamy mozzarella cheese, and velvety cream cheese. The result is a culinary creation that holds a special place in the hearts of children, making it a favored choice among the younger audience.

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets steamed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juice optional

Instructions

  • Mix the stuffing ingredients. To the mixing bowl, add the steamed broccoli, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and garlic powder. Blend well using the fork to mix in the cream cheese.
  • Stuff the chicken breasts. Place chicken breasts onto a cutting board. If the chicken breasts are thick, first cut them in half, lengthwise. Then cut a pocket into the chicken by slicing lengthwise, but not all the way through. Using a spoon, divide the broccoli mixture equally and stuff into the pockets.
  • Cook the chicken. Warm the skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and let it get hot. Add the stuffed chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper, then let cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip then cook an additional 5-6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Squeeze a drizzle of fresh lemon juice onto the chicken if desired. Serve right away.

Notes

Substitutions 

  • Boursin cheese for the cream cheese
  • cooked spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms or asparagus for broccoli 

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg
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