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What other cheese can I use instead of mozzarella?

The best substitutes for mozzarella are ricotta, gouda, white cheddar, parmesan, provolone feta and Swiss cheese. While looking for an alternative to mozzarella, pay attention to if the cheese is made of cow’s milk and if it is able to melt. If the answers to these two are “yes”, then that cheese can be an alternative to mozzarella.

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mozzarella-stuffed chicken bites air fryer recipe

Emine Aslan February 27, 2024
Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Bites Air Fryer Recipe

Summary: A delicious recipe of chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella cheese. A very healthy and nutritious recipe for your family. Your kids will love it as they love chicken nuggets.

Tags: Air fryer chicken bites

Cook Time:20 minutes
Prep Time:15 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 552

Chicken breast is finicky to cook and you may not have the same result each time when made in the traditional oven. Sometimes it yields a tender and tasty meal but other times it yields a tough and rubber-like result. However, air fryers help solve this problem and always provide the same tasty result even for chicken breast. So, it is a great advantage to make this chicken breast recipe in the air fryer. The cheeses in the recipe will also enhance not only the taste but also the nutrition level of this dish. Hope your family will enjoy it!


  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 4 ounces cream cheese

  • 4 tablespoons grated Monterey Jack cheese

  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • Olive oil spray


  1. Preheat the air fryer by selecting the “Chicken” function and adjusting the timer to 3 minutes. Once you press the “Start/Pause” button, it will begin warming.

  2. Cut chicken breasts into 2-inch pieces using a sharp knife and make 1-inch deep incision in each piece, paying attention not to cut too deep.

  3. Rub the chicken breasts with with salt and black pepper.

  4. Mix the cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic powder and paprika in a bowl.

  5. Stuff ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cheese mixture into each chicken bites.

  6. Open the air fryer and lightly grease the basket with olive oil spray.

  7. Arrange the stuffed chicken in the basket in a single layer, mist with olive oil spray, and close the air fryer.

  8. Set the timer to 20 minutes. Once you press the “Start/Pause” button begin cooking.

  9. Turn the chicken bites halfway through.

  10. Cook the chicken bites until they turn golden brown and cheese is melted.

  11. Open the air fryer and put the chicken bites onto a serving platter.

  12. Serve chicken bites warm with your favorite side sauce and green salad.

  13. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
23.5 grams
4.4 grams
1.6 grams
53.5 grams
564.8 milligrams

    The best choice to serve with mozzarella-stuffed chicken bites is green salad. The green salad will complement this recipe perfectly and also improve the nutrition value even more. However, you can also serve other roasted vegetable choices such as cauliflower, squash, broccolini and carrots.

    You can also prefer to eat chicken bites dipping into a side sauce such as avocado ranch, salsa verde, chipotle aioli, or even some hot sauces.