Delicious Tangy Spicy Chicken stuffed with Feta Cheese and Salsa for an easy meal packed with flavour.
Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe
Whenever chicken breasts are on the menu for dinner, I love to add a filling to help keep the chicken breasts tender. Feta and Salsa go perfectly together too. The saltiness of the feta cheese against the tangy feta is just delicious.
Super quick to make, so perfect for a weekday meal when you get home from work. It really is just a case of seasoning the chicken, making a pocket, in the chicken breast, stuffing with the feta and salsa and baking in the oven. All done in less than 30 mins.
Best Salsa for Stuffed Chicken
I like to use a no sugar salsa for the stuffed chicken, it's much lower in calories and sugar so a healthier option for this recipe.
If making this Spicy Chicken stuffed with Feta Cheese and Salsa just for adults, you can up the heat even more by using a hot salsa. I tend to stick to mild or medium otherwise my kids won't eat it. I do like to choose chunky varieties though, just gives more texture to the filling.
You can totally make your own salsa if you have your own favourite recipe.
How to make a pocket for filling in a Chicken Breast
Wondering how you make a pocket in a chicken breast?
It's really easy once you get the hang of it - a sharp knife is a must, place the chicken breast on a board and hold it firmly down with one hand so that it doesn't move about. Using your sharp knife make the pocket in the thickest part of the chicken breast.
Once you have the start of the pocket you can open it up more with your hands, this ensures you don't make a pocket that goes right through and results in your filling all spilling out. You want the pocket to be about ¾ of the way through.
You can secure the filling the pocket with some small wooden skewers of picks, but I never both with that.
Sides for Stuffed Chicken Breast
Wondering what sides to serve with this Spicy Chicken stuffed with Feta Cheese and Salsa? I went for a simple side of roasted butternut squash mixed with some baby leaves. To roast the butternut squash. I just add some seasoning, paprika, salt and black pepper is my favourite. Spray with some olive oil spray and roasted in the oven at 200c, fan 180c or 400f (gas mark 6) for about 30-40 minutes until softened (timing will depending on the size of your cubes), then once ready toss with the baby leaves. Simple but delicious.
So many other sides will go well with this recipe. A few suggestions are:
- Garlic and Herb Roast Potatoes
- Sour Cream and Spring Onion Cauliflower Mash
- Red Pepper and Cilantro Rice
- Mashed Sweet Potato
- Crushed Roast Potatoes
- Lime Cilantro Rice
- Chickpea Pilaf
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For the Chicken
- 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, raw (approx 170g/6oz each)
- 45g (1.6oz) of Feta Cheese
- 4 tablespoons of salsa (no sugar)
- Olive oil spray
- Fresh chopped parsley (or cilantro)
For the Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon of paprika (not smoked)
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- pinch of cayenne (optional)
- salt and black pepper
- Add the seasoning ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine
- Preheat oven to 200c, fan 180c, 400f or gas mark 6
- Add the seasoning to the chicken breasts on both sides.
- Make a slit in the chicken breasts to form a pocket and stuff each chicken breast with ½ of the feta and two tablespoons of salsa
- Place in an oven proof dish and spray over the top with olive oil spray
- Bake for approx 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through
- Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley (or cilantro)
- Serve with choice of sides and enjoy!!
This recipe is gluten free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - ½ HEa and 0.5 Syns per serving
- WW Green Smart Points - 6 per serving
- WW Blue Smart Points - 3 per serving
- WW Purple Smart Points - 3 per serving
SUITABLE FOR FREEZING - defrost overnight in the microwave and reheat in oven or microwave until heated through.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 273Total Fat 10.2gSaturated Fat 5.2gTrans Fat 0gSodium 468mgCarbohydrates 2.9gFiber 0.0gSugar 1.9gProtein 40.8g