If you love goat cheese and are of the mindset that everything tastes better with bacon, then these chicken breasts are for you. A simple filling of goat cheese and green onions turns ordinary chicken breasts into a fancy, yet fast and easy, week night dinner. Yes, that’s right. You can have stuffed chicken breasts that seem fancy in the middle of the week.
I do love goat cheese but not all goat cheese is created equally. Because the goat cheese really makes this dish, be sure to find one you like for this recipe. I prefer one from my local market that has a soft texture and is mild yet tangy. I did taste a lot before happening on this perfect variety though so don’t hesitate to do the same. But once you have your goat cheese, this recipe really comes together in a snap. And the results? Well, everything really is better with bacon so it’s sure to be a hit.
GOAT CHEESE & GREEN ONION STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 slices thick cut bacon
4 sage leaves
1/2 cup softened goat cheese
1 bunch green onions, minced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Using a sharp knife, cut a slip into the center of each chicken breast in order to form a pocket. Do not cut all the way through the meat.
- In a small bowl, combined the goat cheese, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Mix well.
- Place a quarter of the goat cheese mixture into each chicken breast. The cheese may over fill the pocket but that is alright.
- Place two sage leaves on the to of each chicken breast then wrap each breast with two slices of bacon.
- Move the wrapped breasts to the prepared baking sheet then sprinkle with the garlic powder, remaining salt and remaining pepper.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and an instant read thermometer reads 170 degrees.
- Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.