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Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast

If you’re searching for a meal that’s both comforting and elegant, look no further than our Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast recipe. This dish is a delightful fusion of tender chicken breasts, vibrant broccoli florets, and gooey melted cheese, all wrapped up in a flavorful package. Whether you’re preparing a special dinner for guests or simply craving a delicious homemade meal, this recipe is sure to impress. Follow our easy step-by-step instructions, and soon you’ll be savoring a dish that’s as beautiful as it is tasty.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the Chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Broccoli and Cheese Stuffing:

  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets, steamed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Breading and Coating:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably Panko)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cooking spray or olive oil for baking

 For the Sauce (optional):

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Preparation (Step by Step):

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken Breasts

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Lay out the chicken breasts on a clean cutting board. Using a sharp knife, make a horizontal cut into the thickest part of each chicken breast, creating a pocket for the stuffing. Be careful not to cut all the way through; you want to create a pocket that can hold the filling.
  3. Season the chicken breasts with salt and black pepper, both inside and out.

Step 2: Make the Broccoli and Cheese Stuffing

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the finely chopped steamed broccoli florets, shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese, minced garlic, dried thyme (or fresh thyme leaves), salt, and black pepper. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Step 3: Stuff the Chicken Breasts

  1. Carefully stuff each chicken breast pocket with the broccoli and cheese mixture. Make sure not to overstuff, as this can cause the filling to spill out during cooking.

Step 4: Bread and Coat the Chicken

  1. Prepare three separate shallow dishes. Place the all-purpose flour in one dish, beaten eggs in another, and a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese in the third.
  2. Take each stuffed chicken breast and coat it first in flour, then dip it into the beaten eggs, and finally coat it thoroughly with the breadcrumb and Parmesan mixture. Make sure the chicken is evenly coated in each step.

Step 5: Bake the Chicken

  1. Place the breaded chicken breasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Lightly spray or drizzle them with cooking spray or olive oil. This will help them achieve a crispy, golden brown exterior when baked.
  2. Bake the stuffed chicken breasts in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the breading is golden brown and crispy.

Step 6: Make the Sauce (Optional)

  1. While the chicken is baking, you can prepare a creamy sauce to drizzle over the finished dish. In a saucepan, combine chicken broth, heavy cream, Dijon mustard, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the sauce is smooth and heated through.

Step 7: Serve

  1. Once the chicken is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes.
  2. If you prepared the sauce, drizzle it over the stuffed chicken breasts or serve it on the side.
  3. Plate your Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts and garnish with fresh herbs, if desired. Pair it with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes or a crisp salad, for a complete and satisfying meal.

Enjoy your homemade masterpiece that’s bursting with flavors and textures – tender chicken, cheesy broccoli, and a delightful crunchy coating. It’s a dish that’s sure to become a family favorite!

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