Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Broccoli & Fontina Stuffed Chicken

Confession: When I’m being SUPER lazy… I kind of have a thing for these frozen broccoli stuffed chicken breasts (& also these frozen burritos… but that has nothing to do with this post!).

  1. I love… like really LOVE broccoli
  2. Sometimes you want the night off from cooking a full-on meal, so a throw it in the oven meal is a win-win.

My motto is that homemade is always better (and doesn’t have to be all that complicated). You can TASTE the difference, ya’ll.

Anyhow, I got SO excited about making this chicken from scratch. Real chicken. Fresh Broccoli. Fontina. YES. PLEASE.

I inform the hubs, “Hey I’m making Stuffed Chicken with Broccoli and Fontina for dinner!” He goes… “why not stuff it with Zucchini or Asparagus?” I say, “umm because broccoli is the bomb-diggity.”

So off I go to Publix to buy my supplies and I have a strike of genius! Why not used the extra fontina & broccoli in the Israeli couscous I was planning on making?! It will be like Broccoli-Cheese heaven. Done & Done.

Here’s the thing, hubs normally flips over anything I make (he’s good like that). As I’m FUH.REAKING out over how good this chicken is…  I look over at hubs and could tell he was “less than thrilled”. He musters up a, “ya it’s good…” (his best attempt at a compliment).

However I can tell it’s ALL. LIES.

So I start to get mad. You know, because how DARE him not love everything I make, right?! (Total rational thinking here…)

As I get more and more frustrated (because I’m thoroughly enjoying every. single. bite.) hubs finally let’s the cat out of the bag… “Babe, the thing is… I really don’t like broccoli. Like at all. I actually… uhh… hate it.”

Then it “clicks” that I made BROCCOLI and Fontina stuffed chicken with a side of BROCCOLI & Fontina Couscous.

uh. yah.

Pretty much hubs’ worst nightmare.

I’m still trying to figure out how 4 1/2 years into marriage I’m JUST finding this out.

So, if you’re not into broccoli – this dish isn’t for you. Everyone else… dig. in. 🙂

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Broccoli & Fontina Stuffed Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Cook Time: 35-45 minutes

Total Time: 50-65 minutes


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied
1 cup broccoli florets, coarse choppes
1 clove garlic, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of fresh cracked black pepper
3 ounces fontina cheese, cubed into 1/2" cubes
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 tablespoon milk
2/3 cups Panko bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9 x 13 oven safe dish with non-stick cooking spray. Mix together the broccoli, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and fontina cheese together in a small bowl. Take the butterflied chicken breasts (may pound them out as well if needed) cut side up and place 1/4 of the broccoli cheese mixture in the center. Roll up the long ends first and secure with a toothpick and then fold in each end securing with additional toothpicks. Make sure the mixture is good and "tucked into" the meat. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts and set aside.

Set up assembly line of 3 dishes. In the first dish, mix together the flour, garlic powder, and salt. in the second dish whisk together the eggs and milk. In the third dish, place the Panko bread crumbs. Take the stuffed chicken and dredge them in the flour, then roll them in the egg wash, and lastly in the Panko. Place in prepare baking dish and bake at 350º for 35-45 minutes (or until chicken reached a minimum of 165º Internal temperature.

Remove toothpicks and serve!

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15 Responses to “Broccoli & Fontina Stuffed Chicken”

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    Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker — September 25, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I’ve got the SAME problem in my house! I have a love affair with broccoli and my husband only likes it raw… what? I know! I put it in everything and he half eats dinner. Then it dawns on me later… oops!!

    I love this recipe! Broccoli and cheese make me so happy!!

    • Tina replied: — September 25th, 2012 @ 11:44 am

      okay…. so lets send our husbands off for a weekend and we can have Broccoli-Fest. Eat ALL our favorite broccoli dishes! Deal?? hah

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — September 25, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Aw….I’m amazed he went 4.5 years before telling you! Must be love. 😉

    I on the other hand LOVE broccoli and fontina. Looks delish!!

    • Tina replied: — September 25th, 2012 @ 11:45 am

      haha I KNOW! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made broccoli in the past 4 1/2 years… and he probably wouldn’t have told me if I wasn’t throwing such a hissy fit over him not enjoying the meal hahah

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    Cassie — September 25, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    I really love broccoli too and I love this combo! My husband always says he likes the veggies I cook but who knows if he’s really telling the truth!

    • Tina replied: — September 25th, 2012 @ 11:46 am

      haha It’s got you thinking now, huh?! I should probably ask hubs what else I make that he doesn’t like…

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    Linda — September 25, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    LOL – you both are so funny. I love ‘super lazy’ kind of dish once in a while. You’re right and I’m with you on homemade is always better because you add L-O-V-E into it. ;D Just like the love for broccoli, lol.

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — September 25, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    That’s too sweet that he actually kept eating it! My boyfriend is very vocal about his “can’t eat” veggies: tomatoes and mushrooms! Unfortunately for him, I try to convince him that I can make him like them hahaha.

    For the record, we made your fried green tomatoes this weekend and he loved them!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — September 25, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    Haha, I love this story! Kind of reminds me how my ex-bf told me after 3 years of dating that he didn’t like sandwiches…totally news to me, and I’d fed him multiple sandwiches. At least your husband ate it – that’s love!

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    Kelly L — September 25, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    He loves you so much to not tell you! That is how my husband and my dad both are!! Such great men. Do you think this is something that can be frozen if made ahead?????

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    Chels R. — September 25, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    I love broccoli too! This looks fantastic!

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    Maika — September 26, 2012 @ 2:38 am

    Hi Tina! This dish looks delish! My boyfriend LOVES broccoli but he is gluten intolerant, is there a way to make it gluten free? I’d love your thoughts!

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    Megan — September 28, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    When we were kids, he only ate the “trunk” part…never the branches or leaves 🙂

    • Megan replied: — September 28th, 2012 @ 7:45 am

      maybe the other way around…I remember he was always weird.

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    jann jones — March 20, 2013 @ 4:24 am

    My ex loves broccoli.. But not chicken, turkey, or fish.. He loves my tuna, tho… Loaded with onion, dill pickles, mayo, little tuna.. We used to have broccoli, broccoli, and a nice side of broccoli.. And pounds would be gone
    . POUNDS!! Hubs is excused, I guess, he does have good taste in wives!

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