Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken

Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 45 mins


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

  • kcal476
  • fat27g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein52g
  • salt2.03g
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  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 100g firm goat's cheese, such as Crottin de Chavignol
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus 2-3 sprigs


    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



    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

    Olive oil

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

  • 250g vine tomato, thinly sliced


  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)

clairesullivan's picture

Great recipe. Really tasty. I used Goats Gouda and it was fab.

buffalotinks's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

vixg66's picture

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

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

ef003ef003's picture

Absolutely delicious and very easy to make.

jsandppark's picture

made it too the recipe but with healthy bacon great!!!

rawsthorne's picture

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

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

Really enjoyed this dish, i used feta cheese and it worked really well.

ledley26's picture

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

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


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