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5 from 9 votes

Keto Stuffed Chicken

No more boring chicken dinners! You are going to love this easy, cheesy Keto Stuffed chicken.  Dinner is solved in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy
Servings: 8
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Wendy Polisi

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil divided
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ½ 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
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Remove the chicken when it is 160 degrees. Tent and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

Notes

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.)

Variations for This Recipe

  • Use feta and Swiss in place of the goat cheese and mozzarella. Omit the spinach and instead use ½ 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 536mg | Vitamin A: 2015IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1.3mg