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Smoked Stuffed Chicken Breast with Kale & Peppers

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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 248
Protein 45g
Fat 6g
Carbs 3g
Total Time

If your weekly meals are getting a bit “stale,” here are 2 proven techniques to breathe new life into those meals: 1) fire up the grill, and 2) find a way to stuff it (whatever “it” is).

When preparing food on the grill, I recommend using wood pellets instead of charcoal. I’ve noticed a reduction in the amount of “charred” or burnt parts on pieces of protein since I switched to a wood pellet grill – carcinogens have been associated with certain forms of cancer and they tend to form when parts of meat are overcooked or burnt…you know, the “good” parts! Lol

But this doesn’t mean you can’t use charcoal! It just means that, again, you should enjoy grilling from time to time, as part of a well-balanced diet.

You can also mitigate the risk of carcinogens by purchasing higher quality protein (not processed) and incorporating hearty vegetables on the grill like zucchini and onions and potatoes.

And as always, go lean! When you use a leaner protein, there are less fat drippings which tend to fall into the fire and create more smoke, which can then be deposited on the meat.

Lastly, the flavors of the wood pellets are amazing! You can get hickory, apple, maple, pecan, etc – there are a lot of possibilities and they all help flavor your food.

If you follow me on Snapchat (@fitmencook) then you know that my go-to wood pellet grill is the Traeger Grill.

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Smoked Stuffed Chicken Breast with Kale & Peppers

Ingredients

Ingredients for 1 stuffed chicken breast:

  • 6oz chicken breast, raw
  • 1/2 cup chopped kale
  • 1/8 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/8 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mozzarella (optional)
  • Seasonings:
    • 1 teaspoon garlic (paste or minced)
    • 1 tablespoon mixed herb seasoning, no salt
    • sea salt, pepper to taste
Steps
  1. Set grill to 275F (or oven to 300F).
  2. Using a sharp knife, make a lengthwise cut from the thickest side of a chicken breast to within 1/2 inch of the opposite side. Open chicken so it lies flat and resembles a butterfly or heart.
  3. Season the chicken breast and rub in the seasonings.
  4. Open the chicken breast and add the veggies and cheese.Tightly pack in the ingredients so the chicken can fold close.
  5. Place the stuffed breast on the grill, or baking sheet for the oven, and bake for about 25 minutes. About halfway through the cooking, you can carefully flip the chicken breast over to create grill marks on the opposite side but be careful not to spill the stuffing.  You will know the chicken breast is done when the flesh is no longer pink and the juices run clear.
  6.  Enjoy.

Approximate macros for 1 serving:

 

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Calories
248
Protein
45g
Fat
6g
Carbs
3g
Sodium
-
Fiber
1g
Sugar
1g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.