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Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken

Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken

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(106 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

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

  • Can be frozen when uncooked
  • Easily doubled

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories476
  • fat27g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein52g
  • salt2.03g
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Ingredients

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 100g firm goat's cheese, such as Crottin de Chavignol
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus 2-3 sprigs

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 4 rashers streaky bacon, thinly sliced
  • 2 courgette, thinly sliced

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 250g vine tomato, 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.

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Comments (120)

shinypurplestuff's picture
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I've made this a few times with soft goats cheese, but found that it did end up rather runny, and prone to leaking out. It was a revelation to me to discover that there is such as thing as HARD goats cheese, which works perfectly, and makes this dish amazing. This is one of my fave dinner party dishes - easy, tasty and impressive.

Devongran's picture
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After reading all the reviews and comments, made this for a dinner party. Fantastic recipe, very easy to do and stress free! Prepared the chicken the day before. Used proscuitto and boursin, as suggested, but found the cheese all leaked out during cooking - but still tasted delicious. Will try goat's cheese instead next time, and cocktail sticks to secure the openings. Served with rosemary roasted potatoes and a white wine and mushroom sauce, broccoli and chantenay carrots. It was all eaten up and had lots of compliments. Made Mary Berry's lemon cheesecake for dessert, which is also excellent and very easy to make and can be prepared the day before. Excellent dinner party, inexpensive but impressive and hassle free, with loads of time to spend with guests and have a glass or two of wine! Highly recommend it, especially for those who don't want to spend hours cooking.

therealslimsal's picture

I used soft roulade cheese (like Boursin but Sainsburys own), no thyme leaves and proscuitto to wrap the ham. I prepared them a couple of hours early and put them in the fridge to try to prevent the cheese leaking out and there was only a tiny bit of leakage from one of them.
I layered the courgettes and tomatoes with some thinly sliced red onion & potatoes as other have suggested on here.
It was a very tasty Monday night dinner and it was filling enough without any additional sides.
Next time I will try it with goats cheese & thyme.

chockagirl's picture
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I used Boursin to stuff the chicken, leaving out the thyme. It was delicious!

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 preparation time 30-35 mins and cooking time 50-55mins and 1 courgette was sufficient. The goats cheese came from St. Helen's farm (Sainsburys)

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.

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