Stuffed Chicken Breast

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I really love the ease of cooking a whole chicken. Sometimes I cook it in the slow-cooker, and other times I make a rotisserie-style chicken. And I always use the bones to make really good broth for soups. But on days when I have a little more time, I like to use chicken breasts to make something different.

I had some odds and ends in my fridge recently and thought of chicken cordon bleu. I didn’t want to bother with breading, though, and I did want to use up some asparagus, so this was the result. We all really liked it, and I hope you do too!

Different Ways to Stuff a Chicken Breast

There are two main ways to stuff a chicken breast—the pocket method or the roll-up method:

Pocket Method

For this method, you cut a pocket into the side of a chicken breast with a sharp knife, being careful not to cut through to the other side. Then you stuff the pocket with whatever ingredients you’d like to use. This method is faster to make than the roll-up method but cooks longer. The chicken is thicker, so it takes longer to cook through, and there seems to be a lower stuffing-to-chicken ratio in each bite.

Roll-Up Method

For this method, you slice each chicken breast in half horizontally and then pound each piece with a meat mallet until it’s ¼ inch thick. Then you spread your stuffing over each piece and roll it up. This method is a little more labor-intensive but cooks faster and is really tasty and juicy. My kids love to help with the pounding part of this, which lets me focus on other parts of the meal.

My Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe

I use the roll-up method for this recipe, but if you’d rather opt for the pocket method, make sure you adjust your cooking time accordingly. Lower the oven temp to 350°F, and cook it for about 40 minutes. If you have a cooking thermometer, it’s a really useful tool for gauging meat doneness. Cook chicken to 165°F.

I chose the stuffing ingredients for this recipe based on what I had in my fridge. I had some sliced ham and cheese and a bunch of asparagus that needed to be used. For the cheese, I used a mixture of Swiss and fontina.

You can really stuff the roll-ups with whatever combination of ingredients sounds good to you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Make it a Mexican-themed roll-up with a stuffing of sauteed bell peppers and onions, pepper jack cheese, and a sprinkling of taco seasoning on the chicken.
  • Add some Italian flair with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella.
  • Go Greek with kalamata olives and artichoke hearts.

However you choose to stuff it, I hope you enjoy it!

Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe

Simple baked chicken breast pounded thin, seasoned, and rolled up with ham, cheese, and asparagus spears.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Calories 624kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Grease a large baking dish and set it aside.
  • Slice each chicken breast in half horizontally, creating two thinner chicken breast pieces.
  • Use a meat mallet to pound each chicken breast half into ¼-inch thickness.
  • Place one slice of ham and one slice of cheese onto each chicken breast.
  • Place three spears of asparagus onto the short end of each chicken breast.
  • Roll each chicken breast up starting at the end with the asparagus.
  • Sprinkle the rolled-up chicken breasts with garlic powder, basil, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the chicken roll-ups in the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through to 165°F.


Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 stuffed breast + 1 cup cauliflower)
Calories 624 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 238mg79%
Sodium 1857mg81%
Potassium 1082mg31%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 74g148%
Vitamin A 678IU14%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 428mg43%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Try stuffing the chicken with other combinations of ingredients:
  • Sauteed spinach and mushrooms
  • Sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella
  • Sauteed bell pepper and onion and seasoned with taco seasoning

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


6 responses to “Stuffed Chicken Breast”

  1. Lisa Avatar

    5 stars
    This was delicious and so easy! I was getting really tired of the things I usually make and I was looking for something different. My husband was surprised he liked it so much! I’m definitely adding this to my rotation. Thanks, Wellness Mama 🙂

  2. Laura McLellan Avatar
    Laura McLellan

    Hi! I have really LOVED and APPRECIATED your site, Katie! I’m trying out some of your meals now. 🙂 Do you think this recipe would work well with fresh cauliflower? Or maybe should I just freeze the fresh cauliflower? I’m a little new with working with cauliflower, but love it and would enjoy using it more. Thank you!!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      Fresh should be fine. You just will need to adjust the cook time in the pan since it won’t need to defrost. Just watch it the first and maybe time it to record for future use.

  3. Angela Avatar

    This meal was easy to make, filling, and enjoyable for everyone that ate it!

  4. Brenda Avatar

    Is I too much trouble to ask for the calorie information? I am working on losing wt and I keep a journey/food and exercise log.

4.50 from 6 votes (5 ratings without comment)

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