Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts



This one made low carb by using blanched almond flour to 'bread' the top and add a crunch


There are so many meals that I really don't 'feel like cooking' and as crazy as it sounds, any kind of stuffed chicken breast easily makes a great dinner for those nights.  I realize "I don't feel like cooking" translates to "going out to eat" "going through drive thru" or "eating a bowl of cereal" for dinner but those things just aren't us.  We don't eat out, we rarely eat fast food and although I'm sure I've eaten a bowl of cereal and called it 'dinner' before, it's not something I just ever do.  Heck, I rarely eat cereal for breakfast, why would I do it for dinner?

But a stuffed chicken breast?  Those things are so easy and other than preheating the oven and carrying your baking pan over to it and inserting it into the oven, that's all the work there really is. 

And the best thing?  Almost anything tastes good stuffed in a boneless, skinless chicken breast.

This time around it was a broccoli and cheese filling.  Make this one to your tastes, use what you have on hand or the cheeses you like, and make it low-carb by using almonds to 'bread' your chicken either chopped fine, almond meal or almond flour.  Use regular flour or panko crumbs if you wish. 


Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts

2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pound them a little flat if they are too thick)
1 cup broccoli - chopped in food processor, a Pampered Chef chopper or even with a knife
2 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c other cheeses of choice (cheddar is great with this)
Seasonings;  salt and pepper, along with some onion powder and maybe a little fresh garlic or a dash of garlic powder

I like to line my pans with foil for easy clean up.  Spray or grease your pan.
Mix your broccoli and cheeses
Add seasonings to taste
Divide up so about 2 heaping tablespoons per chicken breast
Roll up and secure with wood toothpicks
Place on baking sheet or pan
Cover with a heavy sprinkling of flour, panko crumbs or almond flour and season to your personal fav taste (either just salt and pepper or use a mixture of herbs/spices or even a store bought mix made for chicken dishes - or Mrs. Dash, etc.)

Bake in a preheated oven anything between 350-400 degrees (if you are baking something already at 375, for example, that's fine.)  Bake until golden and centers are done and juices are clear.  Usually about 30 minutes but it depends on the size and thickness of your chicken breasts.  Up to 50 minutes may be necessary.   Remove toothpicks before serving.







Mixing the broccoli with cheeses

If you have REALLY thicken chicken breasts like from Sam's Club or Costco, slice in half to make 2 from 1

Rolled up and ready to bake

Secure with a toothpick - pull out before serving

Use flour to dust if you want them to be dark golden brown








Related products available through Amazon:

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet (2 Pack), Silver
4C Panko Bread Crumbs Plain, 8 oz


   






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