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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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!!

michelasp's picture
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I made this twice, the 2nd time perfecting (in our opinion) the dish. My tips are: use bacon as the recipe says- not parma ham- much tastier. Add 2 cloves garlic and a sliced onion to the veg- they need more taste. I also added sliced potatoes which made for a more interesting and filling meal. I used one courgette as I had found 2 were too many, and personally I only needed one bacon rasher for each breast. After these little changes, the dish was absoultely delicious- my boyfriend agrees too! Very easy and tasty, excellent for entertaining.

peterhello's picture

I find it hard to imagine an easier dish to create, and it was excellent!
Rather than the courgette / tomato base, I did a simple tomato sauce, full of thyme & parmesan. Accompanied by roasted new potatoes covered in thyme (again) and butter, definitely a success.

alanjns's picture
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The chicken was delicious and moist, I used pancetta and feta cheese. I wasn't keen on the veg, I would have prefered them more roasted as opposed to steamed on account of the juices from the meat. Maybe next time I'll roast them in a separate pan.

asclark's picture

made this last night for a few friends. They only had lemon thyme in Tesco so made that change - but it still worked just great! the veg that the chicken cooked on was delicious!

michelasp's picture
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This was very good- next time I will add garlic to the veg for extra taste.

vixg66's picture
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Was a bit disappointed with this one, realise I'm not too keen on thyme which may be why. Also used parma ham which may have been a bit too dry. Was nice though - I'll try it with bacon next time and another type of herb

mjrixon's picture
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So easy to make and really lovely to eat! Looks impressive with very little effort.

ef003ef003's picture
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Absolutely delicious and very easy to make.

jsandppark's picture
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made it too the recipe but with healthy bacon great!!!

rawsthorne's picture
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Wow, this was amazing. I used parma ham after reading the comments and it worked really well. The chicken and goat's cheese worked really well together.

rossann's picture
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Loved this - but next time will probably use mozzarella as the goats cheese didn't melt so well. Or maybe need to try a softer goats cheese - couldn't find the recommended ones in Waitrose

gillhills's picture

I have used this recipe on many occasions, and it has become a family favourite! Easy to prepare and always delicious, great way to use up courgettes that the family don't really like.

debrahughes's picture
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Really enjoyed this dish, i used feta cheese and it worked really well.

ledley26's picture
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Easy and tasty, worked a treat and our friends loved it. We cooked with roasted rosemary new potatoes and some veg. Lovely!

veryfatbloke's picture
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Lovely! Simple to make, even for somebody like me with limited skill! Very delicious

hyphen's picture
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Looks and tastes fantastic! A very easy way to impress.

cocovanilla's picture
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So easy to make, you just pop everything into the oven. I even put some potatoes in the pan, so it was a one-pan meal.. really conveniet! The dish looks very inviting and colorful, but I was not too crazy about the goat cheese..

mrscranfield's picture
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I made this for a dinner party and they went down a storm. My husband doesn't like goats cheese so i put a strong silton in his and he loved it. They are very filling though so next time i think i'm going to serve a few slices instead of a whole breast each so they have room for dessert.

ida1985's picture
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Made this for a dinner party last night. It was very easy to make, prepared hours ahead, then popped in the oven at the last minute (ideal!!). I made the rosemary roast potatoes as suggested by the website as well. I did exchange bacon for parma ham as a lot of the comments suggested as well. Great recipe! I will be doing again!

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