Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken

Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken

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Cooking time

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

The chicken, goat’s cheese and bacon combo is totally delicious, and the veg adds a welcome sweetness. Serve with a few steamed Jersey Royals

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen when uncooked
  • Easily doubled
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
476
protein
52g
carbs
6g
fat
27g
saturates
13g
fibre
2g
sugar
6g
salt
2.03g

Ingredients

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 100g firm goat's cheese, such as Crottin de Chavignol
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus 2-3 sprigs
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon, thinly sliced
  • 2 courgettes, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 250g vine tomatoes, thinly sliced

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Split the chicken breasts almost in half from one long side and open them out like a book. Bat them out a little with a rolling pin to flatten them. Season on all sides. Put half the goat’s cheese on each piece of chicken and sprinkle with the thyme leaves. Fold the chicken over to enclose the cheese, then wrap each one in two slices of the bacon.
  2. Lightly oil a shallow gratin dish, then arrange overlapping rows of courgettes and tomatoes over the base. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme sprigs. Sit the chicken on top.
  3. Bake for 40-45 mins until the bacon is crisp and golden and the courgettes are tender. Serve straight from the dish with new potatoes or good bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2007

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afarrier's picture
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This recipe is truly five star but you must use the goats' cheese recommended in the recipe which is difficult to find in England. We found it in Selfridges, incidentally what a fabulous food hall they have there.

Nancy54321's picture
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was lovely, really good with crunchy roasted new potatoes and veg. I used vine tomatoes instead.

cshobbs's picture

Very good! The chicken was moist and the veg tender. I would say predation time 30-35 mins and cooking time 50-55mins and 1 courgette was sufficient. The goats cheese came from St. Helen's farm.

Maxbattersby's picture

This is a quick and simple dish to cook but I must say it is a little bland. However, I did discover that roasted tomatoes, courgettes and goats cheese make a delicious side dish! Trial and error is a great thing!

davidbeckett's picture

I used boneless and skinless chicken thighs as they have far more taste. Use 2 to replace each breast. I wrapped them with ordinary bacon but smoked variety......stunning !!

jule955's picture
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I liked it. The filling did not leak and the chicken was tender. I had to take the tomatoes and courgettes out before the end though, as they were burning.

magsross's picture

Really delicious and very easy.

I used one large chicken breast for 2 people. Lemon thyme and a squeeze of lemon Juice added even more flavour,

Lovely.

jaycurrim's picture

Anyone know any sauces that go well with this?

kevin_e's picture
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Was my first attempt at following a recipe, it was very quick and easy to prepare and cooked at went down a storm! my parents loved it!

cassymburns's picture
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I didn't have bacon but used pancetta instead, it was delicious! I would definitely make it again. Great for entertaining friends as its quick and easy to make allowing you lots of time with your guests. I thought that next time I would do garlic and rosemary roasted new potatoes instead.

lorrainewalsh's picture

Tried this twice and both times it was a huge success. It looks stunning and tastes equally good.

ifuamq's picture
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My husband who doesn't cook so much, made this for our family and I was very pleasantly surprised - tasted gorgeous and looked very professional. He used Boursin in place of goats cheese. Definitley would make again

juliesingo's picture
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Cooked this tonight was soo yummy...don't like courgettes so added button mushrooms and used soft goats cheese and Parma ham as suggested served it with baby pearl potatoes Delish :))

psamiad1's picture
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Superb! I added a sliced red onion and two sliced garlic cloves so dropped one of the courgettes. Served with rosemary and garlic roast potatoes.

emmaturnbull's picture
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We make this quite regularly because it's a full evening meal with minimal effort. Pancetta works much better than bacon which doesn't cook through properly and is too thick. I scatter a few tomatoes on the vine over the courgettes rather than slicing larger ones. I also find a harder goat's cheese log, sliced, works better than one without a rind which seems to bubble out everywhere. Baby potatoes served on the side - yum.

annefbirch's picture
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Great, easy and tasty recipe. Didn't change a thing and will definitely make again for Sunday lunch with lots of veg.

tiili2's picture
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Love this chicken. I usually add some black olives to the goats cheese/thyme stuffing as well, and serve with oven roasted rosemary potatoes. Quick and easy, yet works great as a dish to serve when you have people over for dinner.

jake1977's picture
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Loved this and it worked perfectly

jepster's picture
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So tasty - we used parma ham and lemon thyme. Will make over and over again :)

adomigan's picture

An easy dish, which was very tasty. I used lemon thyme, and added red onion which made the dish extra tasty. Would definately recommend.

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