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Chorizo Stuffed Chicken Breasts – Oh Sweet Basil


Cheesy chorizo stuffed chicken breasts is the chicken dinner recipe you never knew you were missing! Bold flavor in every bite!

Last winter we busted out our queso fundido and as we were shoveling all of that deliciousness loaded onto crisp and salty chips the thought occurred to me: this should be stuffed in chicken.

And so it is. And it’s delicious. The best part is when a little cheese and chorizo spills out into the pan and gets a little crisp around the edges. You’re going to love it!

a photo of a stuffed chicken breast that has been baked to golden perfection with gooey cheese spilling out of the chicken

Ingredients for Chorizo Stuffed Chicken Breasts

You don’t need many ingredients to make this tasty stuffed chicken recipe! When chorizo is involved, you know you’re headed to flavor town! Here is what you will need…

  • Chorizo
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Chihuahua Cheese, or Oaxaca cheese, mozzarella cheese would also work
  • Olive Oil
  • Taco Seasoning

The measurements for each ingredient are listed in the recipe card found at the end of this post.

a photo of a chorizo and cheese stuffed chicken breast that has been sliced in half so you can see the stuffing inside the chicken

How to Make Chorizo Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Stuffed chicken breasts seem so fancy, but it really couldn’t be easier! Here are the basic steps…

  1. Cook: Brown the chorizo in a skillet on the stove top, drain excess grease and set aside.
  2. Butterfly: Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise creating a pocket in the side of the chicken breast.
  3. Stuff: Fill each pocket with chorizo and cheese.
  4. Sear: Oil and season the outside of the stuff chicken breasts and then sear both sides on the stovetop.
  5. Bake: Place the chicken in a baking dish and finish cooking the chicken in the oven.

The complete instructions can be found in the recipe card down below so keep scrolling for all the details.

a photo of a stuffed chicken breast seared and baked to golden perfection

What is Chorizo?

What is chorizo anyway? Good question!!

Chorizo is just pork sausage that has been heavily seasoned and tastes sooo delicious! It’s most common in Spanish and Mexican cuisine, so chances are you’ve already had it. Ok, there are two different methods to make chorizo, so let me break it down:

The Mexican style of chorizo is made from raw pork and what you’ll see in the stores the most. Spanish chorizo is often smoked and a little more tricky to find.

That means that the Spanish version Is more like a sliceable sausage whereas Mexican is like a ground meat. For this recipe, we will use Mexican chorizo.

Where to Buy Chorizo

When you head to the store, where do you find Mexican chorizo? I buy chorizo in the butcher or meat department. In our local grocery stores they are in two places.

  1. The first being the regular meat department usually at one end or the other.
  2. The second, a specialty Mexican cooler that has salsas, Mexican cheeses, tortillas and chorizo.

If you can’t find it you can always track down a local Mexican market in town. Those are sure to have great products.

a photo of a stuffed chicken breast filled with chorizo and melty cheese with a side of black beans and rice

Tips for Making Stuffed Chicken Breasts

  • If you need some help closing the chicken pocket after you’ve stuffed it, use toothpicks.
  • The chicken breasts will cook more evening if they are similar in size. Use a meat tenderizer to pound the chicken so they all have similar thicknesses.
  • Grate your own cheese for the best melty-ness! Pre-shredded cheeses just don’t melt as well.

Can This Recipe Be Made Ahead?

This is a great make ahead meal! The chorizo can be browned and the chicken breasts stuffed ahead of time and then just set it aside, covered in the fridge. Then when it’s time for dinner, brown the chicken on the stove top and bake as written in the instructions.

a photo of a chicken breast stuffed with chorizo and cheese that has been sliced in half so you can see the stuffing inside

What to Eat with Chorizo Stuffed Chicken?

Storage

Leftover stuffed chicken breasts should be stored in the refrigerator and they will keep for up to 5 days.

I recommend reheating the chicken in the oven at 325 degrees F for about 15min.

a photo of a golden seared chicken breast stuffed with melted cheese and chorizo sitting in a cast iron skillet

This is our second stuffed chicken breast recipe on the blog and I couldn’t be happier about it! Have you tried our stuffed Mediterranean chicken?! Try them both and let us know which one is your favorite!

Chorizo stuffed chicken breasts is going to be your new favorite Mexican dinner recipe! It’s easy and totally exploding with bold flavor!

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Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 32 minutes

Total Time: 42 minutes

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  • Cook the ground chorizo in a medium skillet on over medium-high heat. Drain any grease and set the chorizo aside.

    1/2 lb Chorizo

  • Using a sharp knife, cut a pocket in the side of each chicken breast. Make the pocket as big as possible without cutting through to the other side.

    4 Chicken Breasts

  • Stuff the pocket full of chorizo and shredded Chihuahua or Oaxaca cheese.

    2 Cups Chihuahua Cheese

  • Brush the outside of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with taco seasoning.

    2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, 2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  • Brown the stuffed chicken breasts in a large skillet on the stove top for about 3 minutes on each side.

  • Place the browned, stuffed chicken breasts in a greased baking dish and finish cooking the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes.

Serving: 1chicken breastCalories: 714kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 70gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 237mgSodium: 733mgPotassium: 880mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 954IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 411mgIron: 2mg

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: Mom’s Best 100 Easy Chicken Recipes, Over 500 Family Dinner Recipes Ideas

Cuisine: Mexican

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