Keto spinach stuffed chicken needs only 4 ingredients and takes only 10-minutes to prepare.

The cream cheese, bacon, and spinach stuffed chicken breast recipe can be baked in the oven or cooked in the air fryer.

It’s one of the yummiest, easiest healthy chicken dinners you will ever make.

Spinach-stuffed chicken breasts are made with a few simple ingredients, then throw them in the oven, and dinner will be ready in 30 minutes. 

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With less than 1g carbs per serving, these will suit anyone who is low-carb, keto, primal, gluten-free, or Whole30. But don’t worry – your non-low carb-eating friends and family will love this one too!

Is chicken keto?

Yes, chicken is zero-carb, high protein, and can be low-fat or moderate fat.

The nutrition of chicken will depend on which part of the chicken you are cooking. Some cuts will have higher fat content and contain chicken skin, dark parts will have higher iron and the chicken breast has the least fat.

Per 100g (3.5oz)Net CarbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken breast, skinless030.9g4.5g173
Chicken drumstick, skin eaten027.3g10g206
Chicken drumstick, skinless024.2g5.7g155
Chicken skin020.4g40.7g454
Chicken thigh, skin eaten028.2g13.2g239
Chicken thigh, skinless027.7g6g173
Chicken wing, skin eaten023.8g16.9g354
Chicken nutrition per 100g/3.5oz serving

There are so many varieties of high-protein meat that you can eat on the keto diet, take a look at these meat protein charts.

Baked (or fried) spinach stuffed chicken breast.

Easy ways to cook chicken

If you have chicken sitting in your fridge or freezer, there are so many ways to cook chicken that are keto friendly and low-carb.

A plain cooked chicken breast can get really boring really fast, so you need some quick and easy ideas to make a fast tasty chicken dinner. All you need is some herbs, spices, and various kinds of cheese to jazz up your chicken.

And if these healthy recipes aren’t enough, there are 21 more recipes to cook fast tasty chicken.

These keto spinach stuffed chicken breasts make it look like it’s actually taken some effort (but we won’t tell anyone how easy they are).


Ingredients to make easy spinach stuffed chicken breast

This is one of the best stuffed-chicken breast recipes because it comes out perfectly. Juicy chicken, baby spinach, smokey bacon, and a cream cheese filling – it’s all absolutely delicious.

Here’s what you need to make this chicken dinner:

  • Chicken breast – boneless chicken, skinless chicken breasts, full-size (not tenders)
  • Cream cheese – full-fat cream cheese has the best flavor and nutrition
  • Bacon – use unsweetened bacon on the keto diet
  • Spinach – fresh baby spinach is best

See the stuffed chicken breast recipe card below for quantities, nutritional facts, and instructions.

Instructions (oven and air fryer)

The basic idea is simple. Stuff the spinach mixture and cheese mixture into the chicken breast and then bake it. There are two ways to bake cream cheese spinach chicken – in the oven and in the air fryer.

Before starting, spray the baking dish or air fryer basket with cooking oil to prevent the stuffed chicken from sticking.

STEP 1: Spread cream cheese into the sliced chicken breast.

Cream cheese stuffed chicken

STEP 2: Place the fresh baby spinach into the center then place a few pieces of raw bacon along the center. Season with salt and pepper as you like. You can even add chicken seasoning, onion powder, or garlic powder inside too.

See all the variations and substitutions below.

Season the spinach mixture before folding over

STEP 3: Fold the chicken breast over to close then secure it with a toothpick.

Before cooking, spray or brush over the chicken with cooking oil to make sure the chicken remains moist and tender. Season again if necessary.

Secure the stuffed chicken breasts with a toothpick

How to cook in the oven

Place each spinach-stuffed chicken breast into a large oiled baking dish. Cook at 180C/350F for 30 minutes. Cooking times will depend on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts.

Cook until the chicken is completely cooked into the center. Chicken should always be fully cooked with no red or pink meat.

Sprinkle chopped chives or other herbs over the top as garnish (optional).

Cream cheese stuffed chicken with chopped spinach

How to cook spinach stuffed chicken breasts using an air fryer

If you have boneless skinless chicken breasts and an air fryer, this is one of the most popular recipes to make juicy chicken for dinner tonight.

Spray or brush the basket with olive oil

Using an air fryer to cook stuffed chicken breasts is quick and easy.

  1. Preheat to 180C/350F.
  2. Spray the wire basket with cooking oil.
  3. Gently place each stuffed chicken breast into the oiled basket. Ensure there is plenty of space between them. Do not overcrowd your air fryer.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes, open the drawer and turn each piece.
  5. Cook for a further 15 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces being cooked. Chicken must be completely cooked into the center of each piece.
How to cook stuffed chicken breast in the air fryer.

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Store leftover cheese-stuffed chicken breast in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.


If you have any cut of chicken such as chicken breast or chicken thigh, some spinach, and some other pantry staples, you can make this baked chicken recipe tonight.

Are certain ingredients stopping you from making this spinach-stuffed chicken recipe? Below you will find our recommendations for common substitutions.

  • Cream Cheese – to make mozzarella stuffed chicken, use mozzarella cheese instead of cream cheese. You could also use drained cream cheese, Brie, Camembert, or mascarpone cheese. Any cheese-stuffed chicken breast is delicious.
  • Chicken breasts – you can also use chicken thighs, but this combination will also taste delicious stuffed into a pork tenderloin. Instead of skinless chicken, use a chicken breast with skin and peel the skin back while adding spinach and cream cheese. Fold the skin back into place and secure it with a toothpick.
  • Bacon – use turkey bacon instead of pork bacon.
  • Spinach – kale or arugula are perfect substitutes, but they have a stronger flavor. If you use them, I suggest sprinkling garlic powder or onion powder on top of the chicken to cut some of that tartness down.

The above substitutions are great alternatives to will keep your delicious dinner keto, low-carb, and gluten-free.


This quick and easy chicken recipe is so adaptable, that makes stuffed chicken breasts to be exactly how you like them with a number of variations. Keto spinach stuffed chicken is just as suitable for a family meal as it would be for a dinner with friends.

Chicken stuffing flavors and variations:

  • Creamy traditional flavor stuffed chicken – add cream cheese and spinach as shown in the recipe.
  • Taco stuffed chicken – mix some taco seasoning with cream cheese for the filling. Sprinkle cheese and more taco seasoning over the chicken breast before baking.
  • Mexican stuffed chicken – fill the chicken breast with cream cheese, jalapeno slices, and red peppers – for that spicy tasty taste.
  • Burger stuffed chicken – fill the sliced chicken breast with smoked cheese, tomato paste, mustard, and pickles.
  • Crispy – Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of the chicken breasts.
  • Herbs and spices for chicken -why not jazz up your chicken tonight easily by adding fresh crushed garlic, garlic powder, onion flakes, chicken seasoning, or chicken salt?
  • Bacon-wrapped chicken breasts – after preparing the cream cheese stuffed chicken, wrap each chicken breast in bacon. This is perfect for the BBQ too.
  • Mozzarella cheese – sprinkle shredded mozzarella on top of each stuffed chicken breast for a baked cheesy crust.
  • Parmesan cheese – place some shredded parmesan inside each stuffed chicken breast and on top for a quick and easy baked chicken parmesan.
  • Seasoning – you can add your favorite seasoning to the inside of the stuffed chicken breast such as Italian seasoning, kosher salt, black pepper, white pepper, garlic salt, or onion salt.
Golden brown spinach stuffed chicken breast


This stuffed chicken breast recipe only uses a few simple kitchen tools. All you really need is a sharp knife, cutting board, toothpick, and an oiled baking dish. You can either use a casserole dish or a prepared baking sheet.

FAQs about keto spinach stuffed chicken breast

How long does raw chicken breast last in the refrigerator?

Skinless chicken breasts only last about a week in the refrigerator after you buy them from the store. Always check expiry dates and do not use chicken after it has expired.

Is it better to use fresh spinach or frozen spinach?

Any kind of chopped spinach will work but fresh spinach will give you the best texture and flavor.

What temperature should you cook stuffed chicken breast to?

Use a meat thermometer and make sure it cooks to an internal temperature of 165F / 75C.

What are some other ways to use the air fryer?

If you love using your air fryer, I have 101 low-carb air fryer recipes you may like. There are recipes for air fryer chicken, ground beef, pork, vegetables, and even mug cakes!

Are spinach and chicken healthy?

Spinach is low-calorie and high fiber, chicken is low-fat and high-protein so both are wonderful healthy ingredients used in many healthy family dinner recipes and easy chicken dinner ideas.

What can I use instead of cream cheese?

If you’re not a huge fan of cream cheese, you can use mascarpone cheese, feta cheese, Boursin cheese, parmesan cheese, or any cheese the whole family will love (and picky eaters will eat). Any baked cheesy spinach filling inside a chicken breast will work.

Can I use frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach?

Yes, just defrost the frozen spinach and squeeze out as much water as you can. Place the spinach on kitchen paper and press down with another piece of kitchen paper towel to remove more water.

Can I use chicken thighs?

Chicken thighs are smaller than a chicken breast so it would be difficult to stuff and then close before baking. But it can be done.

Why is my chicken dry?

Chicken is lean meat and can dry out quickly so don’t overcook chicken and try to cover chicken when possible.

Can I make this dairy-free?

Yes, instead of using cream cheese, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast inside your spinach-stuffed chicken breasts.

How can I use up leftovers?

In a medium bowl, you can shred the cooked spinach-stuffed chicken breasts and mix them with additional cheese, feta cheese, or mascarpone cheese to make a quick chicken spinach dip. Pour into a serving bowl and serve with keto crackers or cheese crackers as a delicious side dish or entree.

Can I cook stuffed chicken breasts in a skillet?

Yes, but it will take longer so there is more risk of the chicken breasts becoming dry. It’s better to sear (fry, saute) both sides on medium heat then place the hot skillet into the oven and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165F / 75C.

Instead of serving chicken with mashed potatoes, keto spinach stuffed chicken would be lovely served with spinach carbonara, mashed cauliflower, or with olive oil or macadamia oil drizzled over a green salad.

Spinach stuffed chicken served with baby fresh spinach and chopped chives.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Recipe (oven and air fryer).

Keto spinach stuffed chicken needs only 4 ingredients and takes only 10-minutes to prepare. It can be baked in the oven or air fryer. It's one of the yummiest, easiest healthy chicken dinners you will ever make.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Egg free, Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free
Keyword: Keto spinach stuffed chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 340.9kcal
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  • Baking sheets – non stick
  • Roasting pan or large baking pan
  • Air Fryer


  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 6 tbsp cream cheese
  • 2 slices bacon diced raw or cooked
  • 1 handful spinach raw or cooked


  • Slice each chicken breast/fillet along the center.
  • Place chopped spinach, cream cheese, and diced bacon along the center of each chicken breast/fillet.
  • Fold over, and use a toothpick to secure the chicken and its fillings.

Cook in the oven

  • Place each chicken breast/fillet in an oiled baking dish and pour some extra oil over each one.
  • Bake at 180C/350F for 30 minutes, or until cooked in the center. Cooking times will vary with the size of the chicken breast and the thickness of the meat.

Cook in the air fryer

  • Oil the air fryer basket then place each stuffed chicken breast into the basket.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 180C/350F. Cook for 15 minutes on each side (30 minutes total cooking time), or until cooked in the center. Cooking times will vary with the size of the chicken breast and the thickness of the meat.


Optional flavours –
  • Sprinkle finely grated/shredded parmesan on top of each chicken breast.
  • Add chilli, garlic or spring onion to the cream cheese.
  • Pour canned/tinned tomatoes over the chicken before coking to create a sauce. This would however, add to the carb count.


Serving: 1stuffed chicken breastCalories: 340.9kcalCarbohydrates: 1.1gProtein: 50gFat: 13.8gSodium: 360.8mgPotassium: 898mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.6gVitamin A: 736.9IUVitamin C: 4.1mgCalcium: 30.9mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Sounds great! Is the bacon cooked first or raw? Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I love stuffing chicken with things . Spinach, bacon and cream cheese sounds like a great combination!

  3. Jill Fisher says:

    5 stars
    Made this today & Im not the best cook sooo lovely, hubby thought Id bought them they were that good. Thank you xc

  4. Judy Porter says:

    5 stars
    We had these for dinner last night with mashed cauliflower and diced courgettes/tomatoes sauteed in butter. Absolutely delicious and this will become a favourite in our house. My husbamd is asking what I have done with his wife, as up till 4 weeks ago I would go into the kitchen very grudgingly (have never been interested in cooking or baking). Now I am trying out new recipes all the time. And have lost 4kg already. So that’s a bonus ??

    1. 5 stars
      Judy go and give you hubby a quick kiss, that is the cutest comment I have received here. What an absolute bonus alongside discovering low carb. What a way to go. Love it 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Love these , just wish I could get bacon in KSA , Made a few had them cold for lunches with a salad . Thanks once gain

  6. 5 stars
    It was amazing. Can’t wait to make it again.

  7. 5 stars
    I forgot the bacon, however I added sun dried tomatoes to the cream cheese, mashed it all together and baked it with some Parmesan cheese. Wonderful easy recipe. Thank you

  8. 5 stars
    Loved this dish, although I used slices of cream cheese and bacon layered because I found it much easier that way. So filling, I get through about half of the chicken breast and I’m stuffed! Another winner 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    can you add ricotta instead of cream cheese?

  10. 5 stars
    We only buy and eat Zaycon chicken breasts, which are quite large (almost a pound each), so one of them is more than enough for 2 dinner servings with leftovers for lunch. Rather than putting the bacon inside the chicken, I partially cook it and then lay it atop the chicken before baking, then, when it’s almost done, run it under the broiler to crisp the bacon if necessary. This recipe is also nice using ham, diced rather than bacon, along with mozzarella or Gruyere swiss cheese, for a nod to Chicken Cordon Bleu.

    1. 5 stars
      Great suggestions! Thank you Becky.

  11. 5 stars
    first time making; found the bacon didn’t get crispy, seemed raw will try again and cook bacon first; maybe I’m not cooking long enough?

    1. 5 stars
      You are correct, the bacon doesn’t go crispy. You could always pre-cook the bacon if you prefer it to be crispy inside. Otherwise, cook as instructed and test before serving to ensure the bacon is cooked in the centre of the stuffed chicken.

  12. 5 stars
    Planning to try this tonight. Do you add the spinach raw and allow to cook in the oven?

  13. 5 stars
    I am ALSO making this tonight. Does the bacon need to be cooked first?

    1. 5 stars
      It doesn’t really matter. I tend too use raw bacon because it is quicker and easier AND it will cook in the centre as the chicken cooks. Alternatively if you don’t like the idea of adding raw bacon, you may pre-cook the bacon pieces, and even stir through the chopped spinach so it is coated wiht the bacon flavours, before stuffing the chicken pieces.

    2. Janine Stromberg says:

      5 stars
      Is the amounts listed for the cream cheese mixture supposed to be used for each chicken breast? Or is that mixture divided into 6 breasts? Thanks!

  14. 5 stars
    Do I have to cover the chicken when it’s in the oven?

    1. 5 stars
      It’s up to you. if you leave it covered, the chicken will brown (but has a tendency to dry out a little if overcooked) and if you cover them, they will remain moist and succulent, but won’t turn golden brown.

  15. Robin de grosbois says:

    5 stars
    I used frozen spinach, defrosted & pressed excess liquid out. I used pancetta instead of bacon. I also added cubes of feta to filling, crushed garlic & chopped green onions. I covered baking dish with baking paper which prevented the chicken drying out. Chicken was nice & moist but next time I will serve with a garlic and butter melted sauce over the top for some extra yumminess!! PS next day leftovers are nice sliced cold as a chicken salad.

  16. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good. I added minced garlic to the cream cheese and spinach mix, and salt and pepper on the tops of the chicken breast along with the olive oil. Will be making this simple recipe again!

  17. 5 stars
    This is my go to chicken recipe. I have been making it for years and hadn’t realised how good,it was for me! I add walnuts to the filling and rather than put the bacon in the filling, I wrap it around the breast which keeps the meat moist.
    I roast it on the BBQ.

    1. 5 stars
      Brilliant. I’m going to copy your idea when I make it. Thanks from Australia. Joy

  18. 5 stars
    Can I use chicken thigh for this recipe?