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Easy Baked Stuffed Chicken Breast

This Easy Roasted and Baked Stuffed Chicken Breast is made in the oven with cheese, bacon or sausage, and veggies. This dish is perfect for weeknight dinners and meal planning.

oven baked stuffed chicken breast on a plate with asparagus

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What Type of Chicken to Use

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts will work best for this recipe.

raw chicken breasts on a plate

How to Season the Chicken

I love to use my Dry Rub for Chicken recipe which includes:

You can use any of your favorite spices including your favorite store-bought chicken rub.

chopped vegetables, and chicken rub spices in separate glass bowls

How to Slice and Stuff the Chicken

Slice into the chicken breast lengthwise and create a deep pocket without slicing through to the other side.

Instead of creating one pocket in each chicken breast, you can also create slits on top of the breasts and stuff them, and create Hasselback Chicken. This variation holds a lot less stuffing, hence why I didn’t use it for this recipe.

raw sliced chicken breasts on a plate

How to Make Baked Stuffed Chicken Breast at 400

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Heat an oven-safe skillet on medium-high heat with olive oil. Add peppers, onions, celery, and sausage. Saute.
  2. Add garlic and stir. Remove the vegetables and sausage from the pan and set aside.
  3. Arrange the chicken breasts on a cutting board, and using a sharp knife, cut a deep pocket lengthwise into each chicken breast without cutting all the way through to the other side.
  4. Place the vegetable and sausage mixture firmly into each pocket.
  5. Season the outsides of the chicken breasts on both sides with spices.
  6. Melt butter in a pan.
  7. Once the butter has melted, add the chicken breasts to each pan. Sear the chicken.
  8. Transfer the skillet to the oven and continue to cook the chicken breasts until the thickest part of each breast reaches an internal temperature of at least 165°F.
shredded cheese, butter, and garlic in separate bowls
sauteed vegetables in a cast iron skillet
cheese and sauteed vegetables in a glass bowl

Oven Temperature

Bake the chicken at 400 degrees.

Cook Time/How Long to Bake

Cook time will vary based on the size of your chicken breasts. It can take 20 minutes or more. Cook the chicken until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

raw stuffed chicken breast in a cast iron skillet

What Type of Cheese to Use

Any cheese will work great. I like to use a combination of sharp cheddar (for great flavor). Here are more options:

  • Pepperjack Cheese
  • Mozzarella (Best when you’re looking for a nice cheese pull.)
  • White Cheddar
  • Provolone
  • Parmesan

Additional Substitutions and Ideas to Stuff

  • Shrimp
  • Crab
  • Bacon
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Cream Cheese
oven stuffed chicken breast in a cast iron skillet with asparagus

Pair With these Side Dishes

Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Asparagus in Foil
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

More Chicken Recipes

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast
Dry Rub Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

oven stuffed chicken breast in a cast iron skillet with asparagus
oven baked stuffed chicken breast on a plate with asparagus
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Easy Baked Stuffed Chicken Breast

This Easy Roasted and Baked Stuffed Chicken Breast is made in the oven with cheese, bacon or sausage, and veggies. This dish is perfect for weeknight dinners and meal planning.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword baked stuffed chicken breast, baked stuffed chicken breast recipe, how to make stuffed chicken breast, oven baked stuffed chicken breast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 187kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large chicken breasts About 5-6 ounces each.
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onions
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • 2 oz sausage or bacon Diced into small chunks.
  • 2-3 garlic cloves Minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Chicken Rub and Spices (Feel free to use your favorite store-bought rub).

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Heat an oven-safe skillet (I used a 12-inch cast-iron skillet) on medium-high heat with olive oil. Add the green peppers, onions, celery, and sausage (or bacon). Saute for 3-4 minutes until translucent and fragrant.
  • Add the garlic and stir. Remove the vegetables and sausage (or bacon) from the pan and set them aside.
  • Arrange the chicken breasts on a cutting board, and using a sharp knife, cut a deep pocket lengthwise into each chicken breast without cutting all the way through to the other side.
  • Divide the vegetable and sausage (bacon) mixture along with the shredded cheese among the chicken breasts, pressing it firmly into each pocket. You can seal and secure each chicken breast with toothpicks if you wish.
  • Season the outsides of the chicken breasts on both sides with rub.
  • Add the butter to the same skillet. Once the butter has melted, add the chicken breasts to each pan. Sear the chicken for 3 minutes on one side then flip it once and sear an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and continue to cook the chicken breasts until the thickest part of each breast reaches an internal temperature of at least 165°F. Use a meat thermometer. This can take 20 minutes or more.
  • Remove from the oven and cool before serving.

Notes

Large chicken breasts work best and are easier to stuff. Try to use breasts that are similar in size for even cook time. Keep this in mind while baking so that your chicken breasts do not overcook.
If you notice your stuffed chicken breasts are falling apart, you can secure them with toothpicks. I like a lot of stuffed filling and I expect some to spill out.
The amount of stuffing you will need will vary based on the size of your chicken. Feel free to use more or less of each ingredient to suit your needs.
For really cheesy chicken, add more cheese.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 5oz | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 8g
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Recipe Rating




Rosemary

Tuesday 14th of June 2022

Made this meal the other night and LOVED it. The stuffing was the best. Can’t wait to try it with a different meat than sausage just to get a different taste.

E. Alex

Wednesday 1st of June 2022

Made with your mashed cauliflower - was delish and didn’t feel guilty after eating it. Win win!

staysnatched

Thursday 2nd of June 2022

Awesome. Glad to hear it.