How to Stuff a Chicken Breast

Stuffing a chicken breast is a wonderful way to add flavor to an otherwise bland — if not properly seasoned — piece of poultry. Cheeses, nuts and sautéed veggies are just a few flavorful stuffing options.

How to Stuff a Chicken Breast

1. Trim fat from chicken.

2. Cut a horizontal slit along the side of the thicker end of the breast, creating a pocket. Be careful not to cut through the other side of the breast.

3. Insert your finger into the pocket to open it up. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, making sure to sprinkle a little inside the pocket.

4. Fill the pocket with your filling. Skewer the chicken with toothpicks to hold the edges together.

It’s tricky to cook stuffed chicken breasts evenly on your stovetop. Sear it on the stovetop until it’s nice and brown, then finish it in the oven. Use a meat/poultry thermometer to make sure the center of the breast reaches 165 degrees.

 

Apple & Swiss-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Author: Chef Danielle/CookingClarified.com
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 ounces Swiss cheese
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored & thinly-sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Trim any excess fat from the chicken breasts. Cut a horizontal slit along the side of the thicker end of the breast, creating a pocket. Be careful not to cut through the other side of the breast.
  3. Insert your finger into the pocket to open it up. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, making sure to sprinkle a little inside the pocket.
  4. Use a vegetable peeler to slice the cheese into thin strips. Arrange two apple slices on your work surface (two slices per chicken breast). Spread the mustard evenly over the apple slices and top the mustard with the cheese. (Use one piece of cheese for each apple slice.)
  5. Fill each chicken breast with two apple slices. Skewer the chicken with toothpicks to hold the edges together.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown on both sides, 5-7 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken breasts from the pan and place them on a sheet tray. Place the chicken in the oven and cook until the chicken and stuffing reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit, 8-10 minutes.
  8. Remove the chicken from the oven and remove the toothpicks from the chicken before slicing and serving.
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