Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Chicken

Chicken: 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4 large breasts)
Seasonings: Salt and pepper to taste, 1 tsp garlic powder (divided), ½ tsp paprika, 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
Oil: 1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup small chopped broccoli florets
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup cream cheese

Preheat your oven to 375°F to ensure it’s ready to go.
Begin by placing the chicken breasts on a chopping board. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice through the middle of each breast to create a pocket deep enough for the stuffing. This step is crucial for filling the chicken without it leaking during the cooking process.
Season the Chicken:
Season the chicken generously with salt, pepper, paprika, and Italian seasoning. This not only adds flavor but also helps to tenderize the chicken.
Prepare the Filling:
In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped broccoli, shredded cheddar cheese, half of the garlic powder, and cream cheese. Adding a pinch of salt and pepper will enhance the flavors. Mix until well combined.
Spoon this cheesy broccoli mixture into the pockets of each chicken breast. To prevent the filling from spilling out during cooking, secure the openings with toothpicks.
Heat olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the stuffed chicken breasts and sear for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. This step is key to locking in the juices and creating a crispy exterior.
After searing, transfer the skillet directly into the preheated oven. Bake for approximately 15-17 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
Check Doneness:
The safest way to check if the chicken is cooked is by using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 165°F when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken

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