For one of the most scrumptious low carb chicken recipes, look no further than THIS mozzarella stuffed chicken!
I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of chicken breasts… but I can never say no to Mediterranean chicken recipes like this one! Juicy and flavorful, it’s among my favorite low carb recipes!
I just love the way the cheese, chicken, and pesto melt in my mouth. This healthy recipes ready in a flash, and it’s one of those dishes the whole family will devour!
So grab your apron, and get ready to be blown awayyy!
Mozzarella stuffed chicken is crazy good and fast to prepare! It’ll quickly become one of your go to recipes in no time because it:
- Requires easy-to-find ingredients only
- Takes just 20 minutes to prep
- Has lots of protein and veggies (and can be customized to include more!)
- Makes an incredible meal prep!
The steps for making mozzarella stuffed chicken are really easy to get a hang of. So after you make it once, you’ll already be a pro!
To stuff the chicken breast, you’ll have to first cut a pocket. Use a sharp knife, place one hand over the chicken, and slice at the center (from the thicker to the thinner side). Be careful to not cut all the way through! You don’t want to end up with a messy sandwich situation.
If slicing a pocket seems too difficult, an easier method of cutting is butterflying the chicken breast. Plus, butterflying will create more room for you to stuff with filling!
Once the chicken is stuffed, grab a toothpick to keep the ingredients together while baking.
For the filling, I use pesto, tomatoes, spinach, and mozzarella.
You’ll want to use sliced mozzarella instead of shredded mozzarella to save yourself from making a mess!
Tools To Make
To make mozzarella stuffed chicken, you’ll need a large bowl, a sharp knife, and a few toothpicks to prepare the chicken. You’ll also need a pan to sear the chicken in!
For any leftovers, place the food in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat leftovers in the oven for warm, savory chicken!
Can You Freeze This Low Carb Dinner?
Yes this is one of the best low carb dinners to freeze! Just allow the baked stuffed chicken to cool first, then place each chicken breast into its own resealable bag. Label the baggies with the recipe name and date before freezing!
Healthy Dinner Meal Prepping Tips
For simple meal prep, freeze mozzarella stuffed chicken ahead of time! Then grab it when you need quick healthy dinners. Reheat it in the oven, and cover it with extra cheese for more gooey goodness!
It’s amazing how many variations there are to mozzarella stuffed chicken! Here are some of my favorites:
Can I Add Bacon?
Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken is basically the food equivalent of gold!
To enjoy mozzarella stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon, cook a few slices of bacon and wrap them around the chicken post-searing and pre-baking. Be careful not to cook the bacon too long since it will continue cooking in the oven.
How Can I Add Greens?
The more veggies the merrier, am I right?! By stuffing extra greens into your chicken, you’ll be feeding yourself more nutrition and flavor!
Or for spinach artichoke stuffed chicken, add in half a can of drained and diced artichoke hearts. Either way, both broccoli and artichoke will add a fun, exciting texture to the filling!
Lastly, you can put a twist on pesto mozzarella stuffed chicken by adding fresh basil! Chop 1/4 cup of basil and layer it into the filling. Chicken stuffed with mozzarella and basil is so elegant and delish, you’ll be singing praises for days!
Can I Use Different Types Of Cheese?
Cheese really can do no wrong!
I personally love mozzarella, but if you have a different cheese you love (or if you want to use up something you have on hand) switch it up. For example, stuffed chicken parmesan is a heavenly option! Or try cream cheese stuffed chicken for a smoother filling!
Can I Add My Stuffing Leftovers?
If you have leftovers, stuffed chicken breast with stuffing is absolutely the way to go! The stuffing with melted cheese on top will taste amazing!
Can I Add More Seasoning?
Mozzarella stuffed chicken already uses some Italian seasoning, but you can add more as you please for an Italian stuffed chicken breast. And for some different Italian chicken recipes, try my lasagna stuffed chicken!
You can also mix in other seasonings like chili powder for a little spicy kick or onion powder for that extra flavor!
Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken
- 4 Chicken Breasts
- 3 Tablespoons Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
- 8 Tablespoons Pesto
- 8 Slices Tomato
- 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese sliced
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Spinach
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Combine chicken, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Slice chicken breast in half to form a “pocket”, or butterfly your breast (if you butterfly the chicken, you will need to use toothpicks to hold the ingredients together).
- Add a scoop of pesto inside each chicken breast.
- Layer a few slices of tomatoes, spinach then cheese into each breast.
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Place chicken breast in the pan and sear each side for 5 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
- Place pan in the oven and continue to cook until chicken is no longer pink — this took me 20 minutes. If you're using a meat thermometer, the center of your chicken should be at least 165F.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Chicken breast can be pretty bland on its own, but it makes an awesome foundation for exciting and healthy chicken recipes! Here are some more delicious ideas:
- Fajita Stuffed Chicken
- Lasagna Stuffed Chicken
- Stuffed Chicken Thighs
- Spinach Stuffed Chicken
- Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
Full of cheesy goodness and slathered with pesto, mozzarella stuffed chicken is impossible to not love!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I hope you love the recipe as much as I do! Did you try cutting a pocket? What did you serve your chicken with?