Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken
This Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken is an easy, tasty, satisfying low carb dinner recipe that the whole family will love. Don’t be intimidated by stuffing the chicken breasts, it only takes a few minutes and a few ingredients. You’ll just slice the breasts in half to create a top and bottom, open them up, and place the filling inside. Sear them, bake them and you’re done! The chicken comes out juicy and perfectly cooked and each stuffed breast makes for a filling, satisfying serving. Better still, each piece of Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken is just 306 calories or 6 Green, 4 Blue or 4 Purple WW SmartPoints!
One of the nice things about this Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken is that it’s really easy to make more or less depending on your needs. Just feeding yourself? Halve the recipe! Want to make 6 or 8 pieces for a larger family? No problem. You may want to make a few extra pieces though. I love having these as leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day!
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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 (6 oz each) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, (24 oz total)
- 1 ½ cups small chopped broccoli florets
- 2 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 2 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (I use Cabot)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pre-heat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small dish, combine the salt, paprika, pepper, and garlic powder and stir together until mixed.
- Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, slice the breasts from the side (creating a top and bottom) almost all the way through. Sprinkle the outside of each breast on both sides with the spice mixture from step two.
- Place the broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl and cover the bowl with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Remove from the microwave and stir in the softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper until well combined.
- Open each breast at the slit. Divide the broccoli/cheese mixture evenly amongst the four breasts and spread across the surface of one side (leaving the other half empty to fold over the filling). When all four breasts are topped on one side, fold the empty half over the filling to make a stuffed breast.
- In a large skillet, add the oil and bring over medium-high heat. Working in batches of two at a time so as not to crowd the pan, add the stuffed chicken breasts to the pan and cook for about 1-2 minute(s) until the bottoms are seared golden. Flip the breasts and cook for another minute on the other side to do the same. Transfer the breasts to the prepared baking sheet.
- Place in the pre-heated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until chicken is fully cooked through.
8 per serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below Nutrition Information per serving: 306 calories, 4 g carbs, 2 g sugars, 13 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 44 g protein, 1 g fiber, 249 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com) inspired by Healthy Fitness Meals