Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

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Juicy chicken breasts stuffed with a garlicy, cheesy spinach mixture

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This spinach stuffed chicken breast recipe is easy to make and full of delicious flavor inside and out. The perfect dinner to impress your dinner guests or meal prep for a quick and easy freezer meal!

Easy chicken dinners are the perfect way to have a healthy protein-packed meal on the table on any night of the week. This chicken breast stuffed with spinach is right in line with chicken parmesan and pesto chicken as my favorite go-to chicken dinners.

spinach and cheese filling spilling out of a piece of chicken with green beans in the background

The spinach stuffing is creamy, cheesy, full of rich flavor, and the perfect partner for juicy seasoned chicken. Pair this easy chicken recipe with cauliflower mashed potatoes or roasted air fryer asparagus for an easy and healthy meal.

Don’t let stuffing the chicken intimidate you. While some stuffed chicken recipes are difficult to stuff or keep closed, my method solves both problems. By cutting a pocket into the chicken, the stuffing stays put, even without toothpicks. So no more forgetting to take the toothpicks out and stabbing yourself in the mouth!

And we don’t bother pan searing the chicken first in this recipe. The chicken breast is quite juicy and flavors when baked if you follow the instructions below.

How to make stuffed chicken breast with spinach

  1. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Using a knife, cut a slit into the center side of the breast and move your knife along to create a pocket. Stop cutting about half an inch from each end to avoid cutting all the way through. Cutting this pocket creates the perfect place for the spinach filling to go and not leak out; therefore, you don’t need toothpicks to secure your chicken breast.
  2. Brush the chicken on both sides with olive oil then sprinkle seasoning mixture of salt, garlic powder, black pepper and paprika each side with the seasoning and rub it in.
  3. Mix the spinach cheese mixture together. Then stuff each chicken pocket with equal amounts of filling.
  4. Bake the stuffed chicken until cooked through, and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

PRO TIP: Patting the chicken dry before seasoning helps the seasoning stick to the outside of the chicken for a more flavorful dish!

two stuffed chicken breasts on a skillet

Key ingredients & substitutions

  • Chicken – Skinless, boneless breasts or thighs will work for this recipe, but you will have the most success stuffing them if you use chicken breasts as a chicken thigh can be a little small with little surface area to stuff the chicken.
  • Spinach – Use fresh spinach and chop it yourself, or use frozen chopped spinach. If using frozen spinach, thaw it before using it and squeeze out all of the liquid before adding it to the recipe.
  • Shredded cheese – Mozzarella and parmesan cheese are great for creamy and flavorful stuffing, but you can use other cheeses if you want to change up the flavor. Goat cheese, Monterrey jack cheese, and pepper jack cheese are all great substitutes.
  • Cream cheese – Use cold block-style cream cheese for this recipe. If you cream cheese is softened or warm, it will melt faster during baking and increases the chances that your filling will spill out quickly.
  • Mayonnaise – Adds moisture to the chicken but can be left out if desired.
  • Pesto – Adds extra flavor to the filling but can be left out. You could also add a few tablespoons of freshly minced basil for extra flavor if you don’t have pesto on hand.
  • Garlic – Use freshly minced or pressed garlic. Garlic powder can be used if you don’t have fresh garlic on hand.
  • Seasonings – garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper are used for flavor for this chicken breast recipe.

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Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast Ingredients

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 4 oz cream cheese, cold
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast Directions

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a stuffed chicken breast cut in half showing the cheesy spinach stuffing inside

How to butterfly chicken breast

To butterfly a chicken breast, take a sharp knife and slice the chicken breast down the middle through the long side of the breast. This creates two thinner slices that can cook more quickly and evenly.

Some stuffed chicken recipes will have you butterfly the chicken breast, then stuff and secure with a toothpick on each side.

For this recipe, you’ll modify this technique by only slicing part of the way through, creating a pocket instead of two separate thinner slices of chicken. This way, you can secure one side with a toothpick if you’d like, but most of the stuffing should stay put even without it.

two baked chicken breasts on a skillet filled with spinach and melted cheese

Storage information

There are a few different ways you can meal prep spinach stuffed chicken breasts to make dinner time easier. You can prepare the stuffed chicken and keep it in the refrigerator, raw, for up to two days, then cook as directed, making sure the internal temperature of the chicken and stuffing reaches 165 degrees, like with any stuffed chicken breast recipe.

Stuffed chicken can also be prepared and frozen before cooking. Wrap the raw stuffed chicken tightly in plastic wrap, then store it in a freezer bag for up to one month. To cook from frozen, remove the chicken from the freezer and plastic wrap, then place the chicken in a shallow baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

To store leftovers, place the cooled stuffed chicken breasts in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat by baking in an oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until heated through, or in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast: FAQS

Do I remove the attached chicken tenders?

If your chicken breasts are large enough that they have the “tender” cut on the ends, remove this piece and use them for chicken strips or grilled chicken tenders.

Is it safe to prestuff raw chicken breast for meal prep?

You can stuff a raw chicken breast for meal prep, but the temperature of all of the stuffing must reach 165 degrees or higher to prevent food poisoning. One of the safest ways to meal prep stuffed chicken breasts is to freeze them immediately after stuffing and cook from frozen.

What’s the best internal temperature for stuffed chicken?

The internal temperature of the chicken and the stuffing must reach a minimum of 165 degrees.

Can you freeze uncooked stuffed chicken breast?

Yes! Freezing uncooked stuffed chicken breast is a fantastic way to meal prep. Wrap the raw stuffed chicken breasts individually in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer bag. Take out what you want and cook from frozen.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 477
Fat 32.2g
Protein 43.7g
Total Carbs 5.5g
Net Carbs 4.2g

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