Hasselback Chicken is an easy and delicious chicken breast stuffed with a creamy cheddar and bacon filling. It’s easy to make but looks and tastes impressive.
Winner, winner, Hasselback chicken dinner! This stuffed chicken breast is packed with flavor and almost too pretty to eat. With such big flavors, you can keep the sides simple, like Perfect Baked Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus.
All About Hasselback Chicken
What is the Hasselback technique? Hasselbacking is a cooking technique in which potatoes, chicken, or other items are sliced almost all the way through in order to create layers which can be stuffed or filled with a variety of items, creating more flavor and texture.
What is Hasselback Chicken? Like Hasselback Potatoes, Hasselback chicken is a simple dish with an interesting presentation. Instead of just spreading a sauce on top of the chicken, stuff each section with a creamy cheddar cheese, chive, and bacon filling, incorporating the flavors and textures into the chicken
Hasselback Chicken Ingredients and Swaps
Chicken Breast – boneless and skinless. This is a great recipe for using up thicker pieces of chicken, since you’ll be stuffing with a filling.
Cheese – There are 4 types of cheese used in this recipe: cream cheese (full fat, block style), cheddar cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan. For best quality, always shred cheese right off the block.
Bacon – During recipe testing, I tried stuffing slices of bacon into the chicken, but as it baked they got pushed out. So instead, I cooked and crumbled the bacon and added it to the cream cheese mixture so there’s bacon in every bite.
Seasoning – The chicken breast is seasoned with salt, pepper, and paprika, while garlic powder is added to the cream cheese filling.
How to Make Hasselback Chicken
Make the filling. Cook and crumble the bacon, and drain it well. Combine cheeses, bacon, chives, and garlic powder and set it aside.
Prepare the chicken. Using a sharp knife, cut slits into each chicken breast about ¾ of the way through. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika, then stuff the slits with the cream cheese mixture.
Bake. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and arrange the chicken in a large baking dish. Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until chicken registers 165 on a digital thermometer.
Expert Tips and FAQs
Be careful when cutting slits into the chicken. Don’t cut all the way through – you want the chicken to stay connected at the base.
Use larger, thicker chicken breasts and don’t worry about pounding them thinner. These larger pieces will give you the best results.
Feel free to customize the flavors with different seasonings, herbs or cheeses.
Storing leftovers: Keep leftover chicken in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently in the microwave.
What should you stuff chicken with?
The cream cheese, cheddar, and mozzarella pair so well with the bacon, and mixed together they are the perfect stuffing for chicken breasts.
What do you serve with Hasselback Chicken?
This is a creamy savory dish with a lot of bold flavor. Simple side dishes, like roasted broccoli, salad, and bread let the flavors in the main dish shine through.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.