Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts

Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts
Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts

I have made this dish so many times and it just keeps getting better. It’s not easy doing something remarkable with chicken breasts: they can be somewhat underwhelming and can easily dry out. These are juicy, moist and bursting with flavour. I love smoked paprika and rubbed the breasts with it before frying on both sides, then stuffing and finishing in the oven. The stuffing was simply two ingredients that when combined are simply out of this world (one being my Homemade Basil Pesto which you really must try). Enjoy this simple, mid-week meal of pesto-stuffed chicken breasts – it may become your new breast friend (… see what I did there?)

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Carbs 1g
(1.4%); Fat 14g (44.6%); Protein 38g (54%)
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Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts
Paprika-spiced chicken breasts quick-grilled, then stuffed with a creamy pesto mixture and finished in the oven, coming in at only 1g carbs per serving!
Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine General
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine General
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts
Votes: 6
Rating: 5
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Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 355°F.
  2. Remove the chicken breasts from their packaging and pat dry with kitchen paper. Season all sides of the chicken generously with salt and pepper and the smoked paprika.
  3. Make a deep incision in one side of each breast to create a ‘pocket’.
  4. Heat the olive oil (or melt the lard) in a large pan and brown the chicken on both sides over very high heat. You want to get some good colour on it, without burning them. It is also not necessary to cook them all the way through, as that will happen in the oven later. Remove the chicken pieces from the heat and set aside.
  5. To make the stuffing, simply combine the cream cheese and the pesto in a small bowl.
  6. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, spoon the pesto mixture into each pocket and place onto a greased oven tray. Remember you are still working with partially raw chicken so be mindful how you handle it.
  7. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the chicken has cooked through sufficiently.
  8. Season with Pink Himalayan Salt if needed and simply serve with side greens of your choice (side dish not included in macros).
  9. The full macro-breakdown (and allergens) can be found further down this page (keep scrolling), as well as the link to PIN THE RECIPE (for those on Pinterest). There is also a comment facility, so do let me know how you get on...
Recipe Notes

Since olive oil is somewhat unstable when heated, I do advise you select lard to fry food. It's inexpensive and can be found in the same aisle as butter.

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Keto Creamy Pesto-stuffed Chicken Breasts
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Macro Details per serving (1 large stuffed breast)
1.4%      Carbs
54%       Protein
44.6%    Fat

Nutritional Information per serving  (1 large stuffed breast)
Calories                         281Kcal / 1176kJ
Fat                                 14g
 of which saturates        4.8g
Carbohydrates              1g (for my US readers, these are what you refer to as net carbs. See below*)
 of which sugars            0.8g
Fibre                              0g
Protein                           38g

*Note for US readers: The recipes on this site show the carbohydrates which should be counted on keto (in this case: it's 1g). Here in the UK, our nutritional breakdown information displays a carbohydrate count that has already had the dietary fibre subtracted (and displayed separately) - and it’s indicated this way throughout the site. In short, you need not subtract anything further.

Allergens
Milk
Eggs (may be found in some cream cheese)




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Disclaimer: The nutritional analysis, macro and allergen breakdown of the recipes on this site are meticulously calculated using the cloud-based software NUTRITICS®. NUTRITICS® is fully approved by the relevant Trading Standards organizations and is EU and FDA-compliant. The author, Monya Kilian Palmer is trained in using this superior software in order to provide you accurate data. The author is not a medical professional and this website has been designed only to provide you with recipes to suit the keto lifestyle you have chosen and discussed with your GP. The macros calculations are provided as a courtesy to you based on Monya’s weighing of ingredients when creating the dishes. If Erythritol (a sugar polyol) has been used in any of the recipes, it has already been manually excluded from the final carbohydrate count for you.


 

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