Boost The Flavor Of Stuffed Chicken With Seasoned Cream Cheese

If you're looking for a way to make a baked chicken breast a little bit more exciting, then you may want to consider a stuffed chicken recipe — one that uses seasoned cream cheese for the filling in particular. Chicken breast can be delicious all on its own as long as it is seasoned well and cooked right, but by adding a cream cheese filling, you're turning the meal into a more complex and flavorful dish with varied textures.

If this idea sounds intriguing, Tasting Table has a recipe for stuffed chicken Valentino that you can use to get started. When describing the dish, recipe developer Jessica Case said that the filling "makes [the chicken] unique and extra flavorsome with the fresh herbs blended. ... It's hard to pass down all those flavors melting in your mouth." The great thing about this recipe is that you can season the cream cheese however you please, making the recipe super versatile. In other words, you can make it multiple times in a week with different seasonings, and it'll taste like a new dish each time.

Seasoning ideas for the cream cheese stuffing

The Tasting Table recipe calls for ingredients such as chopped spinach, parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and parsley, as well as a few others, all of which are infused into the cream cheese. This combination certainly makes for a delicious dish, but it's also easy to swap out these ingredients for others if you so choose. For example, if you're not a parmesan fan, you could opt for ricotta, feta, or even cheddar instead. Additionally, maybe you'd prefer something like collard greens rather than spinach. Or, maybe you want to swap out the sun-dried tomatoes for roasted bell pepper.

Additionally, if you don't want to go through the hassle of making your own seasoned cream cheese, there are flavored cream cheeses you can buy, with flavors such as garlic and herbs, veggie, or jalapeño. You could even start with one of these flavored cream cheeses, then add in some of your own ingredients for a more convenient mixture that also has some freshness to it. For example, you could start with the store-bought veggie cream cheese but add in your own herbs and spices to make sure the filling is exactly to your liking.