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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dave6376's picture

Wonderful! Delicious and dead easy - what more can you ask?

jasminechan's picture
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This was absolutely gorgeous. I'm a big goats cheese fan and stuffed in as much as possible. Easy to make and magnificent on the taste buds!

cheekt999's picture
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I wasn't keen on this I think it was the goats cheese though never had it before I think if you like goats cheese it will be for you

castrogfx's picture
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This is a very easy and tasty recipe. I added some ingredients that I really like, such as onions, garlic and olive. The great of this recipe is the idea, you can put various things that you like.

emilymorg's picture
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Absolutely stunning. Once I tried this recipe I have made it over and over again! Try it it's goregous!!

zanette's picture
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Thumbs-up! Made this (followed the recipe, no add-ons) the other night for fussy French boyfriend, who loved it, and even raved about it to his mother the next day, prompting her to phone me and ask for the recipe! Will definitely be adding this to my repertoire!

cazinspain's picture

This is a fantastic dish which is just SO easy to make- my husband loved it!

seanodriscoll's picture
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We have made something similar to this from one of Jamie Olivers books, sorry Jamie, this one's better!! Loads of flavour, easy to prep and cook, very enjoyable. We'll be making this again for sure!

stooboy's picture
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Vary tasty although the cheese escaped from most of the chicken but flavoured the vegies nicely. will definately do again.

donething's picture
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I make this on a regular basis for guests and they are always impressed. I always use Aldi's goat's cheese (the one that comes in a cylinder shape about 6" x 1.5"), which doesn't melt so you still have loads of cheese in the centre! I always use parma ham too instead of bacon, and whatever vegetables I can find in the fridge - peppers are a particular favourite but I've used carrots, red onions and leeks as well as courgettes or squashes.

rosanna20736's picture
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Sooooo nice. And pretty easy to cook (I speak as a student who only started cooking at all 3 weeks ago). As per some of the suggestions above I didn't use courgettes but used sliced potatoes, onions and garlic which seemed to work pretty well. Had it between 3 of us and was left feeling a bit hungry so would say it serves 2 about right. Overall a really really tasty dish i'd definitely recommend.

donplus6's picture
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made this for a dinner party, so easy to make and it went down a storm..

lolaypop's picture
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very nice, very filling!

kball16's picture
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This was delicious! I used a dill and garlic cream cheese to stuff the chicken with instead of the goat's cheese and it was beautiful!

byngmaster's picture
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Delicious and easy

clairesullivan's picture
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Great recipe. Really tasty. I used Goats Gouda and it was fab.

buffalotinks's picture
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Super-easy and super-yummy! Also good stuffed with a mixture of ricotta, Parmesan and basil.

conhar's picture

I have made this for my foodie friends and a professional chef and they have all eaten it all up enthusiastically and said that it is really moist and delicious. It is so simple to make and filling-I love this recipe! It was suggested to me that for a winter warmer version the addition of chillis in place of thyme might work well...I haven't tried it yet but might give it a go!

vikingpurplepenguin's picture
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Made this with Olives instead of Thyme (as per "Mine"'s suggestion above. Also substituted Courgette for Aubergine, used garlic infused oil, and paired with the Rosemary Roast Potatoes. Used normal bacon to wrap (rather than streaky), and while they didn't wrap as well the effect was still the same. I loved how moist the chicken stayed, and the flavours all worked well together. The veg was moist and meant there was no need to any kind of sauce. Will make again!

michelasp's picture
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Made this twice, the 2nd time making changes and in my opinion and my boyfriends- perfecting it!
My tips are:
1. Use bacon not parma ham- tried both and the former is much tastier. I only needed one rasher for each breast.
2. Strongly recommend adding garlic to the veg (2 chopped cloves), and I also added a sliced onion and sliced potatoes- much lovlier and more filling.

Very easy and great for entertaining- seems like more skill is involved!!

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