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So, once or twice a year, the Hubby decides he wants to go back on the keto diet. It’s usually because he saw his pudgy face in a photo. Ha! No joke. As a recipe creator, this makes me become more creative in the kitchen. As I was searching for dinner ideas on Pinterest the other day, I happened upon this recipe for Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts from Easy Chicken Recipes. Honestly, I knew he would love it. Do not let the picture fool you. His portion was served with steamed vegetables. Making his serving keto-friendly. For me, my most amazing Almond Rice Pilaf.

One cheesy broccoli stuffed chicken breast sitting on a top a bowl of almond rice pilaf

Of course, I created a short video on TikTok making this fabulous and keto-friendly, Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken. Click here to view. If you have not yet signed up for this social media platform, use my code 5SSIS800K0H06 to create an account.

TIPS ON MAKING CHEESY BROCCOLI STUFFED CHICKEN

When shopping for ingredients, be sure to pick up large, boneless chicken breasts. To butterfly the chicken, grab a sharp knife and cut the into the thickness of the breast. Take care not to cut all the way through.

Feel free to use either fresh, or frozen broccoli. If you are using frozen, be sure to thaw. Extract as much water out of the broccoli, as possible. Uniformly, dice the broccoli. NO big chunks.

For this recipe, I used two types of cheddar cheese and whipped cream cheese. Whipped cream cheese can be used right out of the fridge. No need to allow to soften, as you would for traditional blocks. Feel free to also add a bit of freshly grated Parmesan. Why did I not think of that until now?

Have larger toothpicks on hand to secure the filling inside the chicken. Use as many as you need. However, do NOT forget to take all of them out prior to serving. Try to place them in such a manner so that you can easily sear the chicken. No worries if a bit of filling leaks out during searing/baking. Believe me. This just adds another level of flavor to the dish.

Searing the chicken in a cast iron pan works great. You can transfer the pan directly from the stove top into the oven. If you do not have a cast iron pan, transfer the seared chicken into an oven-safe dish for baking.

SIDE DISHES FOR CHEESY BROCCOLI STUFFED CHICKEN

If you are keeping this Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken keto-friendly, serving with steamed vegetables is a perfect option. My Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Almonds, or my Asian Kale Salad would also be great accompaniments. As mentioned above, since I am not following the keto diet, my Almond Rice Pilaf was a winner!

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One cheesy broccoli stuffed chicken breast sitting on a top a bowl of almond rice pilaf

CHEESY BROCCOLI STUFFED CHICKEN


  • Author:Charlotte Fashion Plate
  • Prep Time:8 minutes
  • Cook Time:30
  • Total Time:38
  • Yield:21x

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Searching for more keto-friendly dinner ideas. Look no further. You and your entire family will love this recipe for Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts. You will be putting this one on rotation.


Ingredients

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  • 2 large, boneless chicken breast
  • 3 to 4 TBLS olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1 C diced broccoli
  • 1/2 C cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 oz. whipped cream cheese
  • 2 TBLS Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Butterfly the chicken breasts using the technique mentioned above.
  3. Mix the seasonings in a small bowl.
  4. Rub the outside of the breasts with a touch of olive oil and the seasoning mixture.
  5. Combine the filling ingredients in a bowl.
  6. Stuff the chicken breasts with the filling.
  7. Secure the open ends of the chicken breasts with toothpicks (see video).
  8. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a cast iron, or oven-safe pan.
  9. Sear the chicken on both sides.
  10. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

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Keywords: chicken and broccoli, keto chicken dinner ideas, easy weeknight meals, stuffed chicken recipes

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