4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon paprika
1 cup broccoli florets chopped into small pieces
¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butterfly your chicken breasts – hold your hand on top of the chicken breast and slice into the side of the chicken breast, cutting from one side to the other, leaving the opposite side intact. Your goal is to create a pocket for your filling. If needed, pound chicken breasts to create even thickness. Entire breast (closed) should be about 1 inch in thickness.
Season chicken breasts inside and out with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
In a bowl, combine chopped broccoli florets, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise. Stuff broccoli mixture into the chicken, using a toothpick to hold closed if needed.
Add olive oil to skillet and heat over medium heat. Sear chicken breasts on each side for 2-3 minutes per side, until browned.
Move the skillet to the oven to finish cooking for 12-15 minutes, or until juices run clear. (Extra thick chicken that hasn’t been pounded to 1-inch thickness will take longer to cook.)
Remove from oven and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving.