This is my favorite creation so far in my Stuffed Chicken Breast Series and will definitely be a part of my dinner rotation moving forward. I knew I wanted to do a stuffed chicken breast that involved Italian sausage, but wasn't sure how to pull that off. Since cheese is nearly a requirement when stuffing boneless breast of chicken, I figured blending a few together would at least make for an interesting experiment. And this three-cheese stuffed chicken with sausage and red sauce turned out to be a hit!
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. Several months ago, 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!
Three-Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Sausage and Red Sauce = Total Happiness
As I'm trying new techniques and fillings with this series, I can say that cream cheese is one of the best cheeses for a filling. It contributes to the overall creaminess of the stuffing which creates a sauce-like consistency. So when you cut into the chicken, a burst of awesomeness is waiting for you.
I used the butterfly, stuff, fold and toothpick method again and although this technique can get a little messy - it's totally worth it! With a creamier filling like this one, I wondered if I should slice the top open and use the tin foil method like my Bacon Ricotta Stuffed Chicken. I slightly preferred the idea of cutting the chicken and having that cheesy, creamy, sausagey filling burst out a little so I went with that craving.
Having some fresh basil and parmesan cheese for garnish was a delicious final touch for this one. You could eat this chicken on it's own, of course, but heating a little red sauce was a fantastic addition. You can use your favorite spaghetti sauce or you could try my Big Batch Slow Cooked Spaghetti Sauce. I make this every few months, freeze the sauce in various containers and pull it out for spaghetti nights or for special meals like this one!
Extra Cheesy Sausage Filling? Yes, Please!
That cheesy, sausagey filling is insanely delicious. You will most likely have more than you need to stuff the chickens. Put the remaining filling in a small baking dish and cook it with the chicken when everything goes in the oven.
When you remove it from the oven, the sight of this bubbly, cheesy delight will leave you drooling. I promise. Look, I generously stuffed my chicken breast with this filling. However, I like the idea of adding more if myself or others would like it! One of the greatest benefits to having the extra stuffing, is that you can make other things with it. First, you can freeze it and use it later which is a huge plus. I made French bread pizzas with this which I topped with my Easy, Delicious Roasted Garlic Tomatoes. To. Die. For. You could just as easily slice French bread, toast it and spoon this filling on top for a simple crostini appetizer!
If You're Obsessed with Stuffing Chicken (Like Me), Try These:
- Stove Top Stuffing Chicken Rolls
- Stuffed Chicken Pepperoni Pizza Bake
- Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wrapped in Bacon
- Cheesy Fajita Stuffed Chicken
- Bacon Ricotta Stuffed Chicken
- Asparagus and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
- Stuffed Chicken w/Sun Dried Tomatoes & Sharp Provolone
- Bone-In Stuffed Chicken Breast w/Spinach & Gouda
- Cranberry Brie Stuffed Chicken
- Easy Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu