Stuffed chicken breasts make a great meal for weeknight dinners, holidays, and backyard get-togethers. While this dish implies some prepping efforts, the result will leave your guests speechless. I usually prepare this dish in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to keep a close watch over the cooking time as you do not want to undercook or overcook this chicken meat. Now the question. How long to bake stuffed chicken breast in oven at 400 degrees? In this post, I like to share the answer, what to stuff the chicken breasts and other tips on how to prepare stuffed chicken breasts.
It takes 20 minutes to bake stuffed chicken breast at 400 degrees in the oven. By then, its internal temperature will be 165 degrees F and the meat will be fully cooked. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to determine when the chicken is ready. When you roast stuffed chicken breast at 400 degrees F, it comes out with a golden and crispy exterior and a tender interior. The stuffing is cooked through and invades the meat with its appetizing flavors.
Another common temperature to cook the stuffed chicken breasts is at 375 degrees where you get a moderately crispy exterior and pleasingly soft meat and stuffing. It takes 30 minutes to cook stuffed chicken breasts in the oven at this temperature of 375 degrees. You get similar results if you choose to bake the stuffed breasts at 350 degrees F. The main difference is the lighter brown coating. As long as cook time is not a problem for you, you can bake the stuffed chicken breasts at 300 degrees in the oven for 50 minutes. By the end of this cook time, the breast meat will turn out soft, moist and infused with the flavors of the stuffing.
After numerous tests, I can say that the optimal temperature for baking stuffed chicken breast is 400 degreees. You get a pleasant crisp that combines perfectly with the moist and tender chicken and stuffing. If you stuff your breasts with cheese, the upper layer of cheese may turn into a brown and solid crust after baking. We love it because it adds a little crunch in every bite and makes the dish more visually appealing. However, if you prefer the cheese to stay creamy and white, you will be better off choosing the 350 degrees option.
Here’s the recipe to cook stuffed chicken breast in the oven.
A foolproof way to speed up the process is to wrap the stuffed breasts in aluminum foil. Bake the breasts covered at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and roast at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. It’s important to bake the breasts uncovered because it helps them to get a crisp.
You can’t go wrong with convection fan either. By speeding up the circulation of air throughout the oven, you reduce the cooking time of the stuffed chicken breasts by 3-4 minutes.
Stuffed chicken breasts seem a self-sufficient dish. We got the main course – chicken – and the rich topping that goes a long way in enhancing the taste of the breasts. That’s why we prefer to combine this dish with simple side dishes such as grilled broccoli, brussels sprouts, potato wedges, or garlic snap peas. They are light, straightforward and don’t amplify the richness of the stuffed breasts which is very important for such a hearty main course. Don’t hesitate to dress the breasts with fresh herbs and leaf greens to enhance their appearance and add flavor.
The internal temperature for the stuffed chicken breasts need to be at 165 degrees for a fully done meat. The temperature probe should be taken at the thickest part of the breast meat since it takes longer to cook.
It takes 15 minutes to bake stuffed chicken breast in the oven at 425 degrees. By the end of this cooking time, the internal temperature for the breasts will be at 165 degrees F and meat will be fully cooked. At this temperature, the stuffed chicken breasts will have an extra crispy exterior and tender meat inside.
You can stuff the breasts with any ingredients you want as long as they match the taste of chicken. My favourite will be cheesy bacon and garlic mushroom. I like to cut them into small pieces so that I can stuff more of them into the pockets and it will also be easier to get the stuffing fully cooked.