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Italian Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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This Italian Cheese Stuffed Chicken is the ideal easy tray bake dinner for a hungry family. Filled with Parma ham, stringy mozzarella, sweet tomatoes and fragrant basil, these are familiar flavors that pair perfectly together.

The combination of lean chicken breasts, parma ham and mozzarella makes this meal a great option for those who need more protein in their diet.

I’m thinking for a Sunday roast or a simple midweek dinner option served with Arugula, Tomato & Feta Salad for a spring or summer inspired meal, or Creamy Parmesan Cauliflower Mash and Low-carb Creamed Spinach for a more satisfying comfort food dish. Yum!

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Serving size 1 chicken breast

Allergy information for Italian Cheese Stuffed Chicken

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 chicken breast)

Net carbs4 grams
Protein65.8 grams
Fat25.8 grams
Calories528 kcal
Calories from carbs 3%, protein 51%, fat 46%
Total carbs5.1 gramsFiber1.1 gramsSugars1.6 gramsSaturated fat9.4 gramsSodium785 mg(34% RDA)Magnesium100 mg(25% RDA)Potassium1,073 mg(54% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 tbsp butter, ghee or olive oil (15 ml)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups fresh spinach (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided (30 ml)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless (900 g/ 2 lb)
  • 4 slices of Parma ham (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella (170 g/ 6 oz)
  • good pinch of sea salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C/ 355 °F (fan assisted), or 200 °C/ 400 °F (conventional). Heat 1 tablespoon of butter, ghee or olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic and spinach and cook for about 1 minute until the spinach wilts. Drain the juices and place to one side. Italian Cheese Stuffed Chicken
  2. To prepare the salad filling, mix the tomatoes with olive oil (1 tbsp), basil and balsamic vinegar. Italian Cheese Stuffed Chicken
  3. Cut a pocket in each of the chicken breasts with a sharp knife. Flatten the chicken breasts slightly with a rolling pin. Italian Cheese Stuffed Chicken
  4. Use another tablespoon of olive oil to grease a baking tray to prevent sticking (or line with greaseproof paper). Add the chicken pockets.
  5. Add a slice of pancetta to each of the chicken breasts, cooked spinach and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle half the mozzarella. Close the chicken breasts and top with the remaining cheese. Italian Cheese Stuffed Chicken
  6. Bake the stuffed chicken breasts in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes until cooked through, golden and to your liking. Italian Cheese Stuffed Chicken
  7. Tastes best when served fresh but can be stored in fridge for up to 3 days. Italian Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 chicken breast)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0 g2.9 g25 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Spinach, fresh
0.4 g0.9 g0.1 g7 kcal
Tomatoes, cherry, fresh, all varieties
0.5 g0.2 g0.1 g4 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.8 g60 kcal
Balsamic vinegar, dark (excludes sweet, syrupy vinegar)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Basil, fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g0 kcal
Chicken, breast (without skin, raw)
0 g50.6 g5.9 g270 kcal
Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham)
0 g3.8 g1.7 g32 kcal
Mozzarella cheese (low moisture, for pizza)
2.4 g10.1 g8.4 g125 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 chicken breast
4 g65.8 g25.8 g528 kcal

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Jo Harding

Food is one of life’s most powerful medicines. I’m a true testament that once you find the right approach for you, you can overcome poor health through the healing power of food.

I believe the secret to radiant health starts and ends with a healthy gut so my recipes are all grain, gluten and refined sugar free. Most are also dairy-free.

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