Crispy baked cheese and ham stuffed chicken


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All the satisfaction of crispy fried chicken, but without all the grease. I’ve got plenty of tips to make sure this quick and easy cheese and ham stuffed chicken is so good that you’ll make it time and time again!

Crispy baked cheese and ham stuffed chicken on a white plate and wicker place mat with a tea towel behind.

I find crispy chicken very delicious – don’t we all – and have several other crispy chicken recipes on the blog, such as this amazing chicken katsu curry, and this incredibly easy and tasty crispy mustard parmesan chicken.

But I do love a good stuffed bit of chicken too, so I can have that wonderfully satisfying experience of cutting into it and seeing whatever I’ve stuffed inside it ooze out. Which in this case is just a very simple mixture of ham and cheese.

Crispy baked cheese and ham stuffed chicken on a white plate with salad and with a blue tea towel and bread in the background.

What’s so great about this?

  • What Mr. Scrummy says he likes about this is the lovely moistness of the chicken, and the really crispy coating.
  • I agree with the above, but I also love how the cheese mixes with the mustard and honey to make a gooey, tasty sauce.

Tips for perfect crispy baked cheese and ham stuffed chicken

  • Use really big chicken breasts so that it’s easier to cut the little pocket into it and you’ll have enough space for your cheese and ham to get stuffed into.
  • Try to find good quality thin(ish) sliced ham. Not that awful watery wafer thin stuff you often see.
  • Mozzarella works well for extra ooze factor, but I prefer to use a mixture of mozzarella for ooze and sharp cheddar for taste (to be honest though pretty much any grated cheese is fine).
  • Now for the fun part. Wrap the cheese up in the ham – a bit like a tortilla – so that it doesn’t all ooze out during cooking. This also makes it easier to stuff into the chicken.
  • Spread a teaspoon of Dijon mustard and a teaspoon of honey on the ham before sprinkling on the cheese.
  • If you have time, refrigerate the stuffed chicken for a short while (around half an hour). Just helps keep everything together while you’re covering the chicken in crumbs.
  • Japanese panko breadcrumbs work really well, for extra ease and crisp. Don’t worry if you can’t find any, though – ordinary white or brown breadcrumbs are fine.
  • Bake the chicken on a wire rack so that you don’t end up with a soggy bottom! 😉
  • Serve with a nice green salad with a simple dressing, and some really good bread. Delicious!

This is what the chicken will look like before you bake it. Place it on a wire rack over baking paper to make sure you don’t get a soggy bottom!

Crispy baked ham and cheese stuffed chicken on a grill from above before cooking.

We both commented on how crispy and juicy this baked cheese and ham stuffed chicken is. The combination of the juicy things you put inside the chicken and the crispy ‘coat’ you put around it is what helps it to stay so moist.

If you’re like me, you see ‘stuffed’ in a recipe and think that it must be hard to make. But really, it isn’t at all. Give it a try!

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Crispy baked cheese and ham stuffed chicken (with a video)

Who doesn’t like crispy chicken? But you’re going to love this baked version. Chicken breasts stuffed with ham and cheese and covered in crispy breadcrumbs make for a really easy, delicious meal!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 2 thin slices good quality ham
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons runny honey
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese, I used mozzarella and mature cheddar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, I used Japanese Panko
  • salt and pepper

To serve (suggestion)

  • simple green salad leaves with a light dressing
  • nice fresh bread


  • Use a sharp knife to cut a ‘pocket’ into the side of the chicken.*
  • Lay a slice of ham out (with the short side towards you), then spread with a teaspoon of mustard and a teaspoon of honey. Pile half of the cheese in the middle (towards the end closest to you) and then roll up like a tortilla, tucking the sides in as you go.
  • Repeat with the second piece of ham, then tuck one of the ham and cheese rolls into each chicken pocket. Press the chicken back down over the stuffing, then refrigerate for a while (at least half an hour).
  • Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 190C / 375F. Set out a plate with the flour on, a bowl with the egg in, and another plate with the breadcrumbs on. First grind plenty of salt and pepper over the chicken, then roll it in the flour, the egg, and the breadcrumbs in turn.
  • Place the chicken on a wire rack over a baking tray, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked through. Serve immediately.


*Cut as deep a pocket as you can into the chicken without cutting it all the way through. Start by slicing a small pocket, then gently widen / deepen it.
See the video in the post above to see how the chicken is assembled!


Calories: 591kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 63g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 256mg, Sodium: 723mg, Potassium: 947mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 470IU, Vitamin C: 2.7mg, Calcium: 277mg, Iron: 3.4mg
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  1. Chicken breast is often my go-to cut but this dish sounds so delicious! I like your video Helen! It makes the stuffing process way less intimidating. Adding ham and mustard gives the chicken so much flavor. I can’t wait to try it out for dinner!

    1. Hi Maggie! Really hope you do give this a go some time – it’s such a lovely easy dinner!

  2. You are so right, who doesn’t love crispy chicken!?! This looks so good, Helen and another great video!

  3. This stuffed chicken looks fantastic! Love how crispy the chicken is and the cheese and ham is such a classic and delicious combo. Like the idea of adding some mustard and honey! Pinned! Thanks for sharing, Helen!

  4. Ton vidéo est très bien fait Helen, la recette pareil tout d’un coup simple et facile à réaliser ! Que c’est bon un bon poulet panné ! Bon weekend Helen !

  5. Looks crispy and delicious! Thanks for doing that video! My mom makes similar chicken, but it isn’t as crispy! Will be trying it soon!

    1. Thanks, Mira! It’s a classic, that’s for sure, with various ways to make it. Love this way because it’s so easy!

  6. When I read this tonight I laughed because that is what I made for dinner tonight but I didn;t roll the ham and cheese and stuff it in a pocket of the chicken. I pounded the chicken (because it was a large chicken breast) cut it in half and just put the ham and cheese on top of one breast and then put the other breast on top. Then I floured, egg washed and panko breaded it. I fried mine and then when I flipped it over, turned the heat down and covered it. It was moist, and delicious. But, I intend to try your way next time. Thanks Helen a great tip.

    1. Hi Betty! Haha… what a coincidence indeed! We clearly both have really good taste!

      I think the way you made this sounds wonderful too – I’ll have to try it that way next time! I just thought the ‘rolling it up in a pocket’ approach might prevent what usually happens to me when I make these sorts of things aka cheese and ham exploding all over the oven.

      Thanks so much for popping by to share this with me (big smile on face). 🙂

  7. What perfectly tasty packages and I love how crispy they are from baking. Lovely recipe.

  8. Mmm… I love panko crusted chicken! But I’ve actually never tried stuffing it – I know it’s shameful. This looks SO freakin’ good, Helen! I can practically hear the crispy crunch, and taste that awesome filling!

  9. I’m obsessed with crispiness! It’s my favourite texture especially combined with something creamy too. Very cute video too Helen! 😀

  10. That’s a clever move with the ham & cheese – I’d never have thought of doing that. Genius! Oh, and delicious.