These crave-worthy spinach stuffed chicken breasts are low carb and oh so delicious. It’s also quite filling thanks to the high fiber and protein content, so it’s a fantastic option for lunch or even dinner. You’ll be making your own paprika and garlic seasoning, along with a homemade spinach stuffing mix that’s made with fresh spinach, cream cheese, and more.
How to Make a Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts
These easy to follow recipe directions will show you exactly how to make the delectable spinach filling, as well as how to properly stuff the chicken breasts:
- Prepare the paprika and garlic mixture. Add the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and ½ teaspoon of salt to a small bowl and mix to combine.
- Set aside. Set the mixture aside for now.
- Prepare the cooking skillet. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet.
- Cook the garlic. Add the minced garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds.
- Cook the spinach. Add the chopped spinach and cook until wilted.
- Cool. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool.
- Prepare the spinach filling. Add the softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, grated parmesan, cooked spinach, red pepper flakes and the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt to a bowl and mix to combine.
- Preheat the oven. Preheat your oven to 350℉.
- Prep the chicken. Place the chicken breasts on the cutting board.
- Season. Season the chicken with the prepared paprika and garlic mixture.
- Cut the chicken for stuffing. Cut a horizontal slit through the thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket, being cautious to not cut all the way through.
- Stuff the chicken. Stuff each chicken breast with the spinach filling.
- Prep the chicken for baking. Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle with oil. Drizzle the chicken breasts with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
- Bake. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes (or until the chicken is cooked through).
- Serve. Serve warm with your favorite side dish.
3 Tips for Making Stuffed Chicken Breasts (how to ensure it’s cooked through, etc)
Here are 3 useful tips for making stuffed chicken breast recipes like this one:
- Season the chicken beforehand. Make sure to season the chicken breasts before you make any incisions in them.
- Be extra careful when cutting. Accidents can happen in the kitchen and it’s unfortunately quite easy to cut through your chicken breasts when making the cuts for the stuffing. Be extra cautious when making the horizontal slits and always cut through the thicket part of the meat.
- Make sure everything is properly cooked. You may need to adjust the cooking time of your chicken breasts compared to what you may be used to when cooking stuffed chicken. Anywhere between 25 to 30 minutes of baking time is usually ideal, but when in doubt, use a meat thermometer – the chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165℉.
Can I Freeze Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts for Later?
Yes, these spinach stuffed chicken breasts can easily be frozen, either as leftovers or as a make ahead meal. Allow the stuffed chicken breasts to cool completely after cooking and then freeze in airtight containers for up to 4 to 5 months.
You can also easily freeze these chicken breasts with a side option to have a whole meal option ready to go for packed lunches. Here are a couple of suggested sides that you can freeze along with the chicken:
- Mashed potatoes
- Roasted vegetables (carrots, broccoli, green beans, etc.)
Crave-worthy Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts (Low Carb)
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt, divided
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 ½ cups chopped fresh spinach
- 1 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- In a small bowl combine the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and ½ teaspoon of salt.
- Set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet.
- Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool.
- In a bowl combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan, spinach, remaining salt and red pepper flakes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place the chicken on a cutting board.
- Season the chicken with paprika garlic mixture.
- Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket, making sure not to cut all the way through.
- Stuff the chicken breasts with the spinach filling.
- Place the chicken on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle with remaining olive oil.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.