This easy stuffed chicken breast recipe is the perfect treat for spicing up your meal with southwestern flavors. This chicken recipe can be used for a date night, anniversary meal, or even a special treat for Mother's Day. Stuffed with bell peppers, onion, cheese, and Chugwater Chili Dip & Dressing Mix seasoning, this treat will have your taste buds begging for more after the first bite.
Chicken recipes are easy meals that you can create anytime of the week. There are so many different things you can do with chicken. Plus, chicken is packed with protein.
If you are looking to switch up your chicken recipe routine, try making a stuffed chicken. Stuffed chicken breasts are fun and flavorful. Typically, chicken breasts are stuffed with a combination of some kind of cheese and vegetables or herbs. They are a nice way to discover a new way to prepare chicken. Our stuffed chicken breast recipe comes from playing around with different ingredients until the right combination is a winner. This chicken recipe is family approved too.
Dice the Vegetables
First off you will need to prepare the vegetables for the stuffing. Dice 1 red bell pepper and ½ onion into bite sized or smaller pieces. If you are not a fan of chopping onions, there are some grocery stores that have pre-chopped onion in their produce section.
How to Make the Stuffing for Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Now it is time for making the stuffing for the chicken. This recipe calls for whipped cream cheese because it is a little softer and will blend with the pepper jack cheese and Chugwater Chili Dip & Dressing Mix seasoning better but if you prefer to use a softened brick of cream cheese that is fine also. In a medium bowl, combine 8 oz of cream cheese, 8 oz shredded pepper jack cheese, bell pepper, onion, and 2 Tbs. of the Chugwater Chili Dip & Dresssing Mix. Once you have this done you can set it aside while you prepare your chicken.
How to Stuff Chicken Breasts
Now comes the fun part of stuffing the chicken. Take a thawed chicken breast and slice a pocket in the side. Do not slice all the way through the chicken because you do not want to lose your stuffing contents. Close the pocket opening with a toothpick or two. This helps to keep the stuffing in the chicken and hold the chicken together.
How to Bake Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Your chicken is now ready for baking. Place the chicken breasts in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake covered for 30 minutes then uncovered for 15 minutes or until the middle has cooked. To check for doneness you can slice through the chicken breast and check if it is cooked or raw (it will be pink if it is raw). Note if it is raw do not eat it because you could end up ill from eating raw chicken which would not be fun or good on your health.
What to Serve with Stuffed Chicken Breasts?
Finally, once your chicken is cooked, it is ready to eat. You can pair this dish with rice, potatoes, vegetables, pasta, salad, or whichever side dishes are your preference. Try our Roasted Asparagus with Creamy Southwestern Sauceor Seasoned Oven Fries recipes with these stuffed chicken breasts. You can also use this for meal prepping or cook more chicken breasts for a large gathering.
- If you are more comfortable with non-whipped cream cheese you can use a softened block of cream cheese.
- If you want to add a little heat you can add diced jalapeno pieces to the stuffing mixture.
- You can always add cheese to the tops of the chicken breasts if you want more cheese in the dish.
- Some of the stuffing might flow out during cooking, don't worry there will still be plenty of stuffing in the chicken breast.
- If you have stuffing leftover, you can bake it and make a chip/cracker dip out of it.
- If you do not want to use the oven you can always grill using a foil baking pan.
Now that you have learned this new Chugwater Chili Recipe, who will you share it with? If you enjoyed this fun treat using our southwestern dip and dressing mix, here are a few others you might want to explore.
- Corn Salad with Southwest Dressing
- Oven Baked Salmon
- Creamy Sausage Pasta Skillet
- Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Vegetables