Watching any of the Real Housewives of Wherever, a favorite franchise of someone I live with, makes me angry. Like ragey, irritable, and disgusted. These PEOPLE! The CRAZY! Like soooo much crazy! And yet, against some odds, probably not all of the odds since I’m never one to beat an odd, I devoured UnREAL this summer.
Every Monday, I made dinner while those housewives were on in the background, and then I sat down to eat my dinner in front of the juicy, soapy, dark underbelly of reality dating with UnREAL. This is all to say that pounding a few chicken breasts is the perfect reality rage outlet. Especially since all of those women look like some version of a spray tanned chicken breast, with silicone-stuffed chests. You know what else is satisfying? Slicing open a chicken breast with the clinical precision of a reality show surgeon and filling it up with delicious ingredients. Paging Dr. Chef.
Point is, in the time it takes for your housemate to watch a crap show, you can throw together these incredibly easy stuffed chicken breast recipes. You’ll be great at butterflying chicken by the end of this list, and you’ll never forget something at the grocery store because each of these recipes have only 3 MAIN INGREDIENTS! Not including the breasts, of course. Simple enough to make in a reality-induced blind rage. Or just for dinner if you’re a normal person.
1. Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts
This classic Greek preparation is light and delicious. The spinach provides your vegetable while the feta brings a briny tang to an otherwise bland piece of chicken. Get our Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts recipe.
2. Guacamole Stuffed Chicken Breasts
On the rare occasion that there is a guacamole leftover after a get-together or a day in the park, this recipe will use it up without weighing you down. Even better, it works really well cold, which means make some extra to slice up and eat with a salad for lunch the next day! Get the recipe here.
3. Chicken Cordon Bleu
A total retro classic. When you cut into this overstuffed chicken breast, it the cheese bursts forth like tears on a housewife reunion special. Strangely satisfying. Get our Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe.
4. Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts
I’m not going to pretend this is a classy recipe. It’s not. But when poppers are on your mind, skip the fried version and stuff a chicken breast with jalapenos, cream cheese, and cheddar. Service with cheap white wine in the largest glass you own. Get the recipe here.
5. Bacon and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breasts
This is a great date recipe, for when Netflix and chill really means Netflix and chill. It comes together easily, can be mostly prepared earlier, and it feels luxurious and gourmet. It’s also fairly inexpensive. Get our Bacon and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breasts recipe.
6. Pizza Stuffed Chicken
Probably not much to say here. Like a calzone, but using meat instead of crust. While this doesn’t really count as healthy, it hits all of the notes for comfort food. Cheese, pepperoni, and sauce? I bet they’re all in your fridge right now. Get the recipe here.
7. Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Prosciutto and Fontina
If Chicken Cordon Bleu skipped the breading and headed south to Italy, it would look like this. I bet Teresa misses this kind of Italian home cooking in the big house. Get our Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Prosciutto and Fontina recipe.
8. Apricot, Walnut and Brie Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Yuppy cheese plate stuffed into a piece of chicken? Don’t mind if I do! Sweet and nutty with a melted cheese is an ideal filling. This combination actually makes stuffed chicken breast feel fresh and interesting. Which I kind of thought was impossible. Get the recipe here.
9. Roasted Red Pepper, Mozarella and Basil Stuffed Chicken
Another Italian preparation, these antipasti flavors also lend themselves to being served hot or cold. Because the mozzarella holds its shape, this is a great choice for office lunch or picnic fare. Get the recipe here.
Header image: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Prosciutto and Gruyere Cheese Chicken Cordon Bleu from CHOW
Vanessa W. Simmons is a former cook living in San Francisco, helping to run a food business. She's probably hungry, but if not she could eat.