Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Sun-Dried Tomato and Kale
These sun-dried tomato, kale and feta stuffed chicken breasts are impressive enough to serve to guests but easy enough to make for weeknight family dinners. You won’t believe how simple and delicious these are!
Usually when I develop a new recipe, I’m fairly hesitant about it. I wait to hear other people’s opinions, I ask Ben what he truly thinks of it, and I critique it carefully myself.
But then there are certain recipes that I’m absolutely confident I nailed. Even still, the recipe has to be really something I feel I knocked out of the park before I give myself a little compliment or let out a “yum” as I stuff my face.
This kale and feta stuffed chicken breasts recipe – hands down, is one of the best chicken recipes I’ve ever made. There may have been a “yum” or two escaping my mouth between bites of this flavorful chicken.
I’m excited to be partnering with Just BARE® Chicken again this year to bring you this recipe as well as a couple other blog posts throughout the remainder of the year. In the spirit of summer, for this recipe I used their new Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets. I always equate boneless skinless chicken breasts with summertime.
They’re lean and perfect for grilling — or for stuffing!
These feta stuffed chicken breasts may sound fancy since they’re stuffed but I assure you, just like all my other recipes, these are EASY. The hardest part is butterflying the chicken breasts, but even that is super forgiving. You want to cut them open like a book.
If you’re unfamiliar with the technique, make sure to watch the video in this post – it will help give you a visual. But like I said, super forgiving. Even if you accidentally cut the chicken breasts all the way through, don’t panic, you can just set the filling on top of one piece and then layer the other piece on top. Of course, leaving the two pieces attached is ideal because it forms a nice pocket for the filling.
The filling consists of sautéed onions, sun-dried tomatoes (they’re sweet, chewy, and add great color), baby kale (chopped kale would work too), and salty feta.
Tip: Can’t find, don’t want, or don’t like kale? Spinach works perfectly in this recipe too. Spinach and feta go so well together!
The filling is super flavorful and nutritious but it feels rich and decadent.
Here’s how I do it to keep things really simple. I butterfly all the chicken breasts, leaving them on the cutting board. I spray my baking dish lightly with nonstick cooking spray and set the first chicken breast in the pan. I fill it with about a quarter of the filling and then fold the top half of the chicken breast over the filling.
I repeat this process until they are all full of stuffing. That way you don’t have to transport them to the pan after you stuff them — if you do that, you’ll lose a lot of the filling trying to move them.
Once the chicken breasts are all stuffed and in the pan, you sprinkle your Panko bread crumb mixture over the top and bake! It’s SO easy. And yet so impressive.
These stuffed chicken breasts are perfect for company because you can prep them ahead, and while they bake you can manage the rest of your dinner (or just sip wine with your guests!). They’re also perfect for weeknight meals because they’re that easy to make and so good that you won’t want to save them only for special occasions.
Stuffed chicken is always such a fun and fancy dish, like these apple gouda stuffed chicken breasts that are so silly easy but look fancy and taste even better, or this hasselback chicken with spinach and artichokes that uses a slightly different stuffing technique.
I look forward to trying a few of my friends’ recipes like Bacon Cheddar Ranch Stuffed Chicken Breast from Wine and Glue, Enchilada Stuffed Chicken Skillet from The Cookie Rookie, or Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts from Spend with Pennies. Which one would you try first?
I’m ready to dig in….are you?
If you’re looking for MORE great chicken recipes, here’s what I’ve made with Just BARE in the past: Chicken “Burgers” with Leeks, Gouda and Bacon, Chicken Caesar Tenders, Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Thighs with Butternut Squash, and Chicken with Blueberry Chipotle Sauce.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 1/2 cups loosely packed baby kale
- 1/2 cup finely diced sun-dried tomatoes (I used the kind packed in olive oil)
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 4 pieces (about 2 to 2.5 pounds) Just BARE Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute. Reduce heat to medium low and add kale and stir until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
- Transfer to a bowl to cool, then add the sun-dried tomatoes and feta and season with salt and pepper.
- Melt the butter in the same frying pan over medium-low heat, turn off the heat and add panko breadcrumbs and oregano. Toss to combine all ingredients.
- Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Split each chicken breast across but not through and open like a book (be careful, you can easily cut yourself doing this!). This is known as butterflying. Place in baking dish and stuff with sun-dried tomato mixture, letting the stuffing overflow at the edges if needed.
- Top with the panko breadcrumb mixture. Bake until the juices run clear and internal temperature registers at 165°F, about 25-35 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 8 oz. chicken breast
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 486mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 18g
Husband’s take: He is 110% on board with these – he loves them.
Changes I would make: None!
Disclaimer: I have been compensated by Just BARE chicken for the time required to develop and share this recipe for feta stuffed chicken breasts but all thoughts are my own, as always. Thanks for supporting my blog by reading about brands and products I use and love in my own kitchen.
Post updated with new photos and video 1/8/2018.
For fun, here are a couple of the old photos!