Garlic Butter Stuffed Chicken Breast (VIDEO)
This Stuffed Chicken Recipe is no ordinary stuffed chicken breast! The first cut into the chicken produces a juicy burst of hot lemon-herb butter and makes the chicken so juicy and flavorful.
This is the easy version of our classic Chicken Kiev (pounded, stuffed, rolled, fried and baked). This easy version has all the same great flavor with less effort = WINNING!
Chicken Kiev is a luxurious dish for special occasions. It is an excellent recipe for company and our family is crazy about this stuffed chicken!
Video Recipe for Stuffed Chicken Breast:
Pro Tip: Salting the chicken just as soon as it is done cooking really amps up the flavor. This is a great trick for breaded foods (we also used it on this pork schnitzel!). Garnishing with parsley and squeezing lemon juice over the top gives it a beautiful pop of fresh flavor and color.
POLL: Does this next photo of the butter stuffed chicken make YOUR mouth water?
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Simple Ingredients for Stuffed Chicken Breast:
We just love this flavored butter combination, obsessed actually!! It seems our readers love it too because some of our most poplar recipes use this flavored butter including:
*One-Pan Salmon and Asparagus:
*Roasted Spatchcock Chicken:
Print-Friendly Stuffed Chicken Recipe:
Garlic Butter Stuffed Chicken Breast
Ingredients for Stuffed Chicken Breast:
- 3 chicken breasts (large - 12 oz each breast), boneless skinless
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper to taste
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- Extra light olive oil or canola oil to sautee
Ingredients for Lemon Garlic Butter:
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 large garlic clove minced
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice plus more to drizzle finished chicken
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
How to Make Flavored Butter:
In a medium bowl, combine all Lemon Garlic Butter ingredients and mash them together a fork. It takes about 2 minutes of mashing for the lemon juice to incorporate into the butter.
How to Make Butter Stuffed Chicken Breast:
Using a sharp knife, cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise, keeping both halves equal thickness and size. Cut a slit into each chicken breast to create a pocket about 2"wide by 3" long or as large as you can get it without cutting through the chicken breast.*
Place 1 Tbsp of the butter filling into each chicken pocket then close to seal and push over the top of the chicken breast to disperse butter. Pinch the opening to seal then season both sides of stuffed chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
Set up 3 plates for breading: In the first plate, pour 1/2 cup flour. In the second large bowl, beat together 2 eggs. In the third large bowl, pour 2 cups panko crumbs. Dredge stuffed chicken in flour, shaking off excess then dip in beaten egg, allowing excess egg to drip back into the bowl. Finally, dip chicken into bread crumbs, turning to coat well. Transfer breaded chicken to a large platter or baking sheet.
Heat a large, deep, heavy bottomed pan or dutch oven over medium heat and add 1/4" light olive oil. Once oil is hot (350˚F or sizzling when a bread crumb is added), place breaded chicken into the oil in 2 batches so chicken is not crowded and sautee 4 minutes per side, carefully turning with a spatula.** Transfer cooked chicken to a paper towel lined plate.
To serve: sprinkle lightly with salt if desired, garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges to squeeze fresh lemon juice over chicken.
*Cook's Tip: If you accidentally cut through the chicken, watch the video above for a great tip on how to fix that!
**If chicken browns too quickly, reduce heat.
Nutrition Values Note: It is difficult to calculate true nutritional values on foods fried in oil so fat content may vary from what is shown in nutrition label.
Q: Have you experimented with stuffed chicken? If you have any other creative stuffed chicken recipe ideas, let me know in a comment below. I would love to hear from you!