This Keto Stuffed Chicken is easily one of the best dinners I’ve made this year! Cheesy and decadent, this dish works just as well for a weeknight meal as it does for entertaining.
Keto Stuffed Chicken Backstory
When I went vegetarian in my late 30’s, I am not sure what I was most excited about.
Not “needing” animal protein, or all those carbs I felt like I now had a free license to eat.
What I found is that while I may love carbs, they most certainly do not love me back. I was hungry all the time, and found myself on more than one occasion hangry and staring into the pantry.
Most of the time I was too hungry to wait to make something. As a result, I’d end up grabbing one of the kids snacks.
After that period in my life, I learned that while I may be able to take or leave animal protein, my body feels much better when I consume it in proper portions.
While most people love meat, I have always needed mine to have a little something extra in order to eat it. Cheese, a sauce – something other than just a chunk of meat.
In short, it has got to be yummy!
One of my favorite things about the Keto and low-carb lifestyle is that I can enjoy dishes like this Keto Stuffed Chicken.
This is not your boring chicken dinner – no dried out grilled breasts here.
This is cheesy perfection that also happens to be an excellent way to sneak a little green in your – or your kids – diets. Stuffing meat may seem like a lot of work, however, it actually comes together very quickly.
I like making this recipe early in the day when I have time because knowing I have dinner solved always makes me feel good. You can even put it together up to a day ahead of time, which makes it perfect for entertaining.
How to Make Keto Stuffed Chicken
Time needed: 28 minutes.
Make stuffed chicken in less than 30 minutes!
- Form a pocket in the chicken.
Make a horizontal slit through the center of the chicken to form a pocket.
- Cook onion and garlic.
After that, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 3 minutes. After that, add garlic, and cook one more minute.
- Cook the Spinach.
Add the spinach to the pan, and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.
- Season and Chop
Season the spinach to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to cool slightly, and chop.
- Add cheeses
Once the spinach has cooled slightly, stir stir the cheeses together with it.
- Stuff the chicken.
Stuff the pockets in the chicken with the spinach mixture, using toothpicks to secure.
- Season the Chicken
Combine the spices, and sprinkle over the chicken.
- Cook Until Golden Brown
Add a tablespoon of oil to the pan, and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes per side. (Larger pieces of chicken may take longer to cook through.)
Variations for Low Carb Stuffed Chicken
- Use feta and Swiss in place of the goat cheese and mozzarella. Omit the spinach and instead use 1/2 cup olives, chopped.
- Reduce the spinach to 2 ounces and add in 4 ounces of mushrooms, sautéed.
- Omit the spinach and instead use 6 ounces of chopped marinated artichokes.
Frequently Asked Questions for Keto Stuffed Chicken
Yes, chicken is an excellent source of protein and ideally suited for the Keto diet. Although dark meat chicken is generally considered better for keto due to its higher fat content, all chicken can be consumed on a keto diet. It is best to eat organic, free-range chicken if at all possible.
Cheese – all types
Onion – sauteed or caramelized
Roasted Red Peppers
Yes, depending on what type of Air Fryer you have you may be able to. However, you need to place the breasts on parchment paper to avoid spilling the filling. (This is more of a concern with some types of Air Fryers than others. Be sure to read your manual.) To cook, preheat the Air Fryer to 380 degrees and cook for 20 minutes.
Tools Needed to Make This Recipe
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- Mixing Bowls
- Sharp Knife
Tips for Making this Recipe
- This recipe can be prepped ahead of time and cooked just before serving.
- If you prefer, you can brown the stuffed breasts in a skillet and finish by cooking for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. To do this, make sure that you use an oven-safe skillet.
- Don’t skip using a toothpick to secure the cheese mixture! They really do help the filling to stay in. (Likewise – don’t forget to take them out before serving. Nothing says elegant like a friend or family member biting into wood.)
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- 2 tablespoons avocado oil divided
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 5 ounces baby spinach chopped
- 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
- 2 ounces mozzarella cheese grated
- 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Cut a horizontal slit through the center of the chicken to form a pocket.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet to medium heat.
- Next, add onion, and cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook one minute more.
- After that, add spinach, and sauté until wilted, about two minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper
- Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool slightly. Stir in cheeses.
- Stuff the chicken pockets with the spinach and cheese mixture using toothpicks to secure.
- In a small dish, mix together paprika, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle over the chicken.
- Heat the remaining tablespoon of avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes per side.