As you may know from a previous blog post, I love chicken quesadillas (and fajitas). They are essentially the same thing. The whole flavor profile - love it. So naturally, as I was considering my next stuffed chicken recipe, my brain gravitated toward peppers and onions and cheese. I wanted all that flavor but stuffed inside the chicken. I struggled with what to name this recipe and whether it should be quesadilla stuffed chicken or fajita stuffed chicken and went with the latter. And let me tell you: this cheesy fajita stuffed chicken will not disappoint.
The stuffed chicken breast series: an easy, gourmet treat
But before I get into that, I'd like to welcome you to my Stuffed Chicken Breast Series. Yes, I'm going all in with stuffed chicken breast recipes. A while back, I posted an Easy Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu which is my mom's recipe and I've always loved it. So awesome. Now, I want to dedicate some time and attention to more stuffed chicken breast recipes and techniques.
For example, there are methods to choose from. The first is butterfly, stuff & fold, like my cordon bleu. Next option, slice down the top of breast to make a pocket, stuff crumpled tin foil into the pocket, sear it, then add the filling into the pocket. This seems like it will work if you have a creamier filling. Lastly, there is the rolling method: butterfly the breast, pound it thin, lay out/spread your filling onto the chicken, then roll the breast. For this type of technique your filling should lay flat and not be bulky. There are so many exciting combinations and methods to try! Also, yes, there are many more variations on how best to stuff your boneless chicken breast. These are simply a jumping off point!
The Intoxicating Smells of Fajita Stuffed Chicken
Back to how awesome the fajita flavor profile is. Something happens when I cook onions and peppers together. I feel like the vampires from Twilight when they describe what happens when they smell human blood. "A sort of frenzy begins" is how Edward worded it. I feel the same exact way with certain things I cook. Peppers and onions are one of them. I go crazy for that smell... and a sort of frenzy begins. My head perks up, I look around curiously, my pupils dilate and I take a deep, deep breath. I can smell it. I can almost taste it. And I can't wait to finish cooking so I can EAT IT!
There are other components. The sear of the chicken, the hint of fresh cilantro in the air after I've chopped it for garnish. The lime wedge when I squeeze it onto the chicken. Even the soft aroma of the melty cheese.
This is a super easy dinner to put together and definitely kid and teen friendly. There's a lot you can do for add-ons too. Sour cream, salsa and beans to name a few! Pick your favorites and have a feast!
Oh, You Want to Stuff More Chicken?
- Dinner for Two: Ground Chicken Kiev
- Stuffed Chicken Pepperoni Pizza Bake
- Stove Top Stuffing Chicken Rolls
- Three-Cheese Stuffed Chicken w/Sausage & Red Sauce
- Bone-in Stuffed Chicken Breast w/Chicken & Gouda
- Stuffed Chicken w/Sun Dried Tomatoes & Cheese
- Cranberry Brie Stuffed Chicken
- Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken