Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken

Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken

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(110 ratings)

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 breasts
  • 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 courgettes, 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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1st Dec, 2010
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
4th Nov, 2010
So easy to make and really lovely to eat! Looks impressive with very little effort.
28th Oct, 2010
Absolutely delicious and very easy to make.
1st Oct, 2010
made it too the recipe but with healthy bacon great!!!
29th Aug, 2010
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.
17th Aug, 2010
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
27th Jul, 2010
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.
14th Jun, 2010
Really enjoyed this dish, i used feta cheese and it worked really well.
17th May, 2010
Easy and tasty, worked a treat and our friends loved it. We cooked with roasted rosemary new potatoes and some veg. Lovely!
31st Mar, 2010
Lovely! Simple to make, even for somebody like me with limited skill! Very delicious


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