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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  • 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)

hyphen's picture

Looks and tastes fantastic! A very easy way to impress.

cocovanilla's picture

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

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

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!

marsalforn's picture

Easy, and delicious! I added garlic, used lemon thyme as suggested by someone, and served with rosemary potatoes. Will be doing this in a couple of weeks for guests as its so easy and tasty. And I cant cook!

shnushnu's picture

i mixed this and the other similar stuffed chicken recipie up- chicken with mozarella tomato and basil wrapped in bacon with the courgettes and tomatos from this recipie. i don't eat meat but my OH and his sister loved it! very easy to make seeing as i hadn't cooked meat in 5 yrs +!

richkw's picture

Excellent on-dish recipe. A doddle to prepare. Extremely tasty and very filling. I used bog standard goat cheese 'log' from Mr. T. Esco which was just fine - and cheap! Serve with 'GOOD, crusty bread', and not supermarket rubbish. Potatoes just aren't necessary. Thoroughly recommended.

twigletshopping's picture

Lovely. I made with aubergines instead of courgettes.

leahfwood's picture

Liked this a LOT. Served it on a bed of roasted vine tomatoes and mushrooms, and i wrapped it in parma ham rather than streaky bacon. Will make this again.

leahfwood's picture

I also used parma ham instead of bacon and roasted the chicken on the tomatoes, plus mushrooms and red onion. Will definitely make again!

lcouldry's picture

Excellent easy recipe. I couldn't find a hard goats cheese so used a mild soft welsh one instead which melted slightly into the courgettes, tomatoes and juices to create a lovely sauce - Yummy!

avaprincess47's picture

sounds delicious, havent made this yet but when i do i will use parma ham- its a delicious, less fatty alternative to bacon :) im not a big fan of veg so i'll probably just serve the chicken with some yummy herby mashed potato :)

bellymonster3's picture

Yummy but i pan fryed them and then put them in the oven for 15mins,alot nicer because the bacon was nice and crispy with the chicken staying moist.served geen beans,roast toms and new pots with it.

samuel295's picture

A lovely recipe __ really impressive for supper with friends.
I also used Parma ham and If you use two rashers per chicken breast it helps to keep the goats cheese inside. I also stuffed the breast with a couple of asparagus tips. Really delicious and cooking on a bed of courgettes and tomatoes is a great way to keep the chicken moist

shivanikaraji's picture

Great recipe. I make this nearly once a week. Very easy.

pockies's picture

Really delicious, tasty and moist. I served it for a dinner party and it went down a treat. The family are already asking when I'm going to make it again?!!!

lisajmansell's picture

The 1st meal I cooked for my boyfriend, really easy (allowing me plenty of time to clean the house) and absolutely delicious, will definitely make it again especially once I have fresh veg from the garden

jaqui_sampson's picture

Very easy, and very tasty - looks more impressive than the effort required to cook it. Would defintely make again and experiment with other ingredients too (leeks or red onions perhaps, pancetta or parma ham instead of bacon). Make sure you add plenty of seasoning to the veg and also inside the chicken (particularly black pepper as the bacon can be salty enough).

lesley1142's picture

This was sooo tasty!! I used 3 rashers per breast to completely cover chicken and added olives as well inside. I found that the amount of 2 courgettes (I used only 1) and amount of tomatoes was far too much for 2 people so would half amount of tomatoes/ courgettes in future. I did however, add mushrooms and more olives to the base that the chicken sits on and when cooked, the goats cheese burst through and coated the base with gorgeous gooeyness (word!?). Thoroughly recommended!!!


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