Tender and juicy baked stuffed chicken breasts are filled with goat cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes for a meal that's beautiful to look at and delicious to eat!
"I don't get it, Mum. How did you get you the cheese, spinach and stuff inside of the chicken?" They were amazed and baffled, clearly convinced that their mum was some sort of culinary magician. Yep, I had them fooled.
As tempting as it was to perpetuate the super-mum persona, I took the maternal high road and showed the boys just how easy it is to stuff a chicken breast.
The possibility for stuffings are absolutely endless. Truly, rummage around in your fridge and you're bound to come up with at least two things that work together.
After making the Farro Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spinach and Cashews last week, I had a couple of ingredients that just begged to be used. All it took was a little goat cheese to bind together the chopped spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Cut a slit in each chicken breast, scoop in the stuffing and pan-fry and bake the chicken. You have a savory, healthy dish that is worthy of a dinner party.
If you like, serve an herb yogurt sauce alongside the chicken. Just chop up some fresh herbs, such as basil, and stir them into some plain non-fat Greek yogurt, along with a squeeze of lemon juice.
For other stuffed chicken breasts, try Antipasto Stuffed Chicken Breasts and Grilled Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breasts.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine the goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, salt and pepper. Combine by pressing down on the mixture with the back of a fork several times.
Insert a knife into the thickest part of each chicken breast and cut a pocket 2 to 3 inches long.
Stuff each chicken breast with ¼ of the filling. Rub the chicken breasts with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Heat a large nonstick, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the chicken is just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.
Other chicken recipes:
Cookin' Canuck's Spicy Chicken Thigh Recipe with Cucumber Avocado Salsa
Cookin' Canuck's Asian Quesadilla with Chicken, Zucchini & Hoisin Sauce
Skinnytaste's Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter Side
Inspired Edible's Balsamic Poached Chicken
Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- ½ cup goat cheese softened
- ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes not packed in oil, chopped
- 1 ½ cups packed fresh spinach leaves, thinly sliced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 ounces each)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, combine the goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, salt and pepper. Combine by pressing down on the mixture with the back of a fork several times.
- Insert a knife into the thickest part of each chicken breast and cut a pocket 2 to 3 inches long.
- Stuff each chicken breast with ¼ of the filling.
- Rub the chicken breasts with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large nonstick, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
- Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the chicken is just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.
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This is such a great recipe Dara ~ I LOVE when my kids ask questions like that. Ahhhhh the innocence and memories 😉
Kevin @ Closet Cooking
This chicken is just packed with so much flavour!
Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife
This is just gorgeous.
This looks and sounds soooo good! Patch will love this recipe, he's my chicken boy 😀
ashley - baker by nature
I am so smitten with this meal! I'm not really a chicken eater, but if it's stuffed with all those awesome ingredients I think my tune would change like *that!
This chicken looks so good, I wish I could reach through the computer. Inspired combination to stuff the breast with!
That came out so wrong.
Nice job on dinner--you really are a magician!
Slicing those little pockets is always the death of my stuffed chickens, either too depp or not deep enough. But one of my faves for sure! Glad you fooled those boys with your Harry Potter magic.
Love goat cheese and now I have a great recipe to try it in. Thanks for sharing this one!
Lail | With A Spin
The flavors sound delicious!
This sounds so amazing... I just love your palate and how you make food!
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
Love these flavors, Dara! I want this for dinner too!
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
Oh YUM! I love this idea!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
I want this for dinner! Love stuffed chicken breasts!
Barbara | Creative Culinary
Your Canadian is showing...Mum. 🙂
I love every single separate ingredient; putting them together in chicken? Yes, please.
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
looks and sounds GREAT
Bev @ Bev Cooks
I want it !
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
They don't have to know it isn't magic 😉
This sounds amazing, and I don't even love goat cheese!
Vicki @ WITK
Definitely a winner with all this goat cheese inside! This sounds like something I could get the picky eater at my house to eat!
Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
This chicken looks so delicious, Dara! You had me at goat cheese!!! xoxo