This simple and delicious crab stuffed chicken breast is a healthy way to mix up your dinner plate and please a crowd!

Crab Stuffed Chicken Breast in a skillet

In a recent reflection of the proteins in my normal rotation (ground beef, fish, pork, eggs, etc.), I made note that one particular protein is highly underused …crab. Though we occasionally enjoy the crustacean cousins of shrimp, crawfish, and the rare lobster tail, I couldn’t remember the last time I dug into some old-fashioned crab meat!

Entomology side note (oh yes, I majored in Entomology in college. I was the pre-med bug girl and I loved ever second): DID YOU KNOW that the doodle bug/pill bug/roly polie/Armadillidiidae is actually a terrestrial crustacean and has MORE in common with a shrimp than it does with a cricket? They even have gills. SO COOL, right?

…to the 4 people who think that’s as cool as I do, I salute you you.

Crab Stuffed Chicken Breast in a skillet

Crab Stuffed Chicken Breast on a gray plate

Back to the (still just as appetizing?) food.

SO, I put my thinking cap on and started to dream up crab-centric recipes. At first blush, the thought of a crab salad crossed my mind …which sounds lovely, but more of a Summer dish. Still noodling, a light bulb went off above my head: “You know what I haven’t done in a while? Stuffed a chicken breast!”

Crab Stuffed Chicken Breast was born.

The method is SIMPLE. All we do is take a single can of crab meat, mash it with some good mayo (you can also find a recipe in my book), add a few seasonings, plop it into a piece of thinned chicken, roll, secure with a toothpick, season, and bake!

overhead view of Crab Stuffed Chicken Breast in a skillet

Crab Stuffed Chicken Breast on a gray plate

Easy breezy. If you’re looking for something slightly fancy and sticking with our “stuffed” theme, you might love our Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Loin! We hope you enjoy!

Chicken Stuffed with Crab Meat

5 from 1 vote
By Cassy
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
This simple and delicious crab stuffed chicken breast is a healthy way to mix up your dinner plate and please a crowd!


  • 2 large chicken breast butterflied
  • 6.5 ounce can crab meat drained
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil mayo find a recipe in [url]my book∞
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olve oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • cracked black pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • fresh lemon for garnish


  • Spread the butterflied chicken breast halves out on a cutting board and, using a meat pounder, pound the chicken until they're of even thickness.
  • In a small bowl, combine the crab meat, mayo, 1 teaspoon of the dill, and the garlic powder. Mix to combine.
  • Spoon the crab mix evenly onto the 4 pieces of chicken and roll the chicken around the center. Secure with a toothpick and place in an oven-safe dish or pan.
  • Drizzle the chicken pieces with the olive oil and then sprinkle the tops with the sea salt, pepper, and remaining dill.
  • Bake at 350 F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the tops start to look golden but not burned.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and serve with the parsley and fresh lemon. Enjoy!


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 1542mg | Potassium: 1114mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 2mg

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Calories: 591
Keyword: crab stuffed chicken, stuffed chicken

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Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.

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  1. The ingredient list has 1/4 cup of avocado oil but the recipe does not show where it is added. Please clarify. Thanks.

  2. This looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it! I do have a question about the mayo, right now it shows some kind of glitch and the mayo does not have an amount listed. Can you tell me how much mayo should I use?

    Thank you

  3. This looks delicious (& so simple!) as always, Cassy! Can you clarify step #3? It currently reads “combine the crab meat, mayo, 1 teaspoon of the mayo, and the garlic powder.” Do you mean 1 teaspoon of the dill? I figure that’s what you meant, but worth mentioning in case it’s a typo!