Chicken with goat's cheese & tarragon

Chicken with goat's cheese & tarragon

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Ready in 40-50 minutes


Serves 8
A special, simple and speedy dish that serves a crowd

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal248
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.64g


  • 8 skinless chicken breasts fillets
  • 20g pack fresh tarragon



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • 2 x 150g tubs soft goat's cheese (we used Charvoux)
  • 5 vine-ripened tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6. Make a slit down the centre of each chicken breast with a sharp knife (taking care not to cut right through) then open up the slit with your fingers to make a pocket. Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a large, lightly oiled ovenproof dish.

  2. Reserve 8 sprigs of tarragon, chop the rest of the leaves and beat into the cheese with plenty of ground black pepper. Spoon into the pockets in the chicken. Slice the tomatoes and place 2 slices over each cheese-filled pocket. Put a sprig of tarragon on top and drizzle with oil.

  3. Season and bake for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked, but still moist. If serving cold, pour off the juices otherwise they will set to a jelly once cold.

  4. Transport in the dish covered with cling film. You can prepare up to step 3 and serve cold, or cook when you get there.

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9th Mar, 2011
Not a fan of goat's cheese so used soft cheese instead - really lovely result!
16th Apr, 2010
Was really nice, we had it with some crusty bread and a green salad, perfect for a summery evening.
24th Apr, 2009
I hope this will turn out ok; I'm cooking it right now. It is taking a lot longer in the oven than the recipe states. The breasts I used were roughly 300 gms each and the recipe is vague as to what size to use.
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