Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes


From Cooking Light~ One of my husband’s favorite dish!  Enjoy!

Stuffed chicken breasts are a great way to add flavor and retain moisture in chicken. Use a paring knife to cut the small pocket into the chicken breasts. Serve this dish with orzo or rice to soak up the shallot-thyme sauce.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 2 tablespoons sauce)

Ingredients

  • 1  cup  boiling water
  • 1/3  cup  sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
  • 2  teaspoons  olive oil, divided
  • 1/2  cup  chopped shallots, divided
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  sugar
  • 3  garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2  tablespoons  balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 4  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/8  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4  cup  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 2  teaspoons  cornstarch
  • 2  teaspoons  water

Preparation

Combine boiling water and tomatoes in a bowl; cover and let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain and finely chop.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup shallots, sugar, and garlic; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Spoon into a bowl; stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar.

Combine chopped tomatoes, shallot mixture, cheese, basil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring well.

Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each pocket. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; cover and keep warm. Add broth, remaining shallots, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and thyme; bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water, stirring with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until sauce is slightly thick, stirring constantly. Serve sauce over chicken.

Nutritional Information

Calories:

296 (23% from fat)

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About LindaVuichBurt

I have a passion for setting the stage when entertaining but also in decorating my home. As a professional stager and an Independent Willow House Design Consultant, I help others create warm and invitng homes! I enjoy creating a warm and welcoming home enviroment not only for my family but for all who enter, by delighting and exciting the senses of guests, all the while making them feel welcomed and comfortable. It is so fulfilling when I can help my friends do the same. Whether you realize, that when you serve your family breakfast, you are entertaining them with food and by setting the table, to the dishes you use to serve, you are entertaining! We all entertain to one degree or another. From the beauty of the dishes you choose, to a table cover or place mats, that is a form of not only entertaining but decorating. I hope through my blog you will be able to take away fun ideas that you can incorporate into your life style. I hope you come back often, share this with your friends and share your successes with the ideas you find in my blog. Enjoy! Linda Your Independent Willow House Design Consultant and Professional Stager!
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