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Easy, Low-Carb Keto Spinach Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Easy, Low-Carb Keto Spinach Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken is a quick and healthy dinner recipe loaded with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cheddar, and mozzarella. You can use fresh or frozen spinach. This dish has only 1 net carb per serving making it perfect for ketosis and the keto diet! Looking for a little extra pizzaz? Add bacon!

keto low carb stuffed chicken breasts on a brown plate

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I am all about taking a boring chicken breast to a higher level. This recipe may look intimidating to some, but it isn’t. When I first got into cooking, the idea of stuffing food was foreign. I had never done it, and frankly, it sounded difficult. 

ingredients for keto low carb stuffed chicken breasts

How Long Do You Cook a Stuffed Chicken Breast on 350 and 400?

Chicken should be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

sliced spinach on a cutting board
raw chicken breasts on parchment paper

 

How Do You Make Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken? How Do You Cook Stuffed Chicken with Spinach?

Use cream cheese that is at room temperature. You can also use the microwave to soften. Slice the fresh spinach into smaller shredded bits. You can also use frozen spinach. If you use frozen spinach, ensure it is thawed and drained. Combine the spinach, cream cheese, and shredded cheese in a bowl.

cream cheese, spinach, and cheddar mixed in a bowl

Cut pockets into the chicken breasts.

raw chicken breasts sliced with side pockets

Stuff the pockets with the cream cheese spinach mixture. 

raw keto low carb stuffed chicken breasts

How Long Do You Bake Stuffed Chicken Breasts?

Chicken should be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Learn more about The Right Internal Temperature For Chicken here.

keto low carb stuffed chicken breasts on a brown plateHow Do I Bake a Stuffed Chicken Breast?

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Bake on 400 degrees.

keto low carb stuffed chicken breasts on a brown plateHow Long Do You Cook a 3lb Stuffed Chicken?

A whole chicken will take about an hour and a half. You should still use a meat thermometer to assess. You can learn more about How to Cook a Stuffed Whole Chicken here.

keto low carb stuffed chicken breasts on a brown plate


keto low carb stuffed chicken breasts on a brown plate
spinach and cream cheese stuffed chicken on an orange plate

Hasselback Chicken Cutting Method

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.

raw chicken breasts with slits cut into the top

I took two rinsed chicken breasts and cut slits along the top. You have to be sure you don’t completely cut through the other side of the breast. Once you make your first slit you should have a good idea of how deep you will need to cut.

From there, I used a spoon to add the cream cheese, spinach, and cheese mixture to each of the slits. Once this is complete, seasoning the breast is key. Your chicken will have flavor with the cheeses and spinach, but it will come out very bland without seasoning.

raw chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and cream cheese
spinach and cream cheese stuffed chicken breast on an orange plate

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Easy Low-Carb Keto Spinach Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Easy Low-Carb Keto Spinach Cream Stuffed Chicken is a quick recipe that is low in calories and low-fat. This recipe only uses five ingredients: chicken breasts, vitamin-rich spinach, reduced-fat cream cheese, cheddar, and paprika. This dish is perfect for Atkins for ketosis diets.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword keto stuffed chicken, low carb stuffed chicken, spinach cream cheese stuffed chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 320kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts mine weighed 25oz total
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped into bits You can use frozen if preferred. Be sure to thaw and drain the spinach first.
  • 2 oz cream cheese (softened at room temp) You can also microwave for 15-20 seconds.
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese shredded. I like to purchase block cheese and grate myself. It melts a lot better than pre-shredded.
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese shredded. I like to purchase block cheese and grate myself. It melts a lot better than pre-shredded.
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • McCormick’s Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Watch the video above for visual instructions.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken breasts.
  • There are two ways you can slice and stuff the chicken. You can make a large slice in the chicken breasts (go for the side of the chicken breast that is thicker) horizontally to create a pocket without cutting through the breast. 
  • There is also the hasselback method where you make multiple cuts/slices into the top of each of the chicken breasts, without cutting through the entire breast.
  • Combine the shredded spinach, cream cheese, and shredded cheese in a bowl. Stir and stuff the spinach and cheese mixture into the chicken.
  • Season the chicken with McCormick’s Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning, Kosher salt, and pepper. Top with paprika over the top.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until the thickest part of each chicken breast reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Timing will vary based on how thick your chicken breast is. Use a meat thermometer
  • Cut each breast in half and serve.

Video

Notes

One chicken breasts = 2 servings
Larger chicken breasts work best and are easier to stuff. When buying chicken breasts, it’s often hard to find pairs that are identical in size. One of the chicken breasts used in my recipe was considerably larger than the other.
Seasoning the chicken is important to keep it from turning out bland. If you are new to cooking, start with a small of amount of seasonings while cooking. You can always add additional seasonings if needed afterward. You can always add more later, but it’s much more difficult to correct if you add to much seasoning.
Depending on the size of your chicken breasts, you may have filling spill over while baking. I don’t mind this, because I still eat the excess filling with the chicken. If you do not desire to have excess filling, be sure not to overstuff the chicken.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 5chicken breast | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 18g
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Recipe Rating




Lindsey

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

YUM! So easy to make and so delicious! We paired this with some air fried veggies and it was the perfect quick meal to make during a busy week. Thanks Brandi!

staysnatched

Saturday 7th of November 2020

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Heather

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Great dinner! Everyone loved it!

staysnatched

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

I love when I can please everyone!

Patricia Pickens

Monday 20th of July 2020

WHERE IS THE RECIPE???

staysnatched

Monday 20th of July 2020

Directly above where you typed this comment.

Kolaylezzet

Saturday 27th of June 2020

Thanks for this different chicken recipe.

staysnatched

Monday 29th of June 2020

You're welcome! I hope you enjoyed it!

Erica

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

I made this for dinner last night. Today I offered mu daughter left over pizza for lunch and she responded with "How about the spinach chicken from last night instead?". It will always be OK with me to eat spinach over pizza, Kid. I guess that means she really liked it.

staysnatched

Thursday 25th of June 2020

I love when I can impress the kids!