This recipe calls for only four ingredients, plus salt and pepper. Shop The Cheese people for your cheese our meat vendors for the chicken and you can substitute their bacon choices for the Canadian bacon. Choose roasted asparagus as a bright, fresh partner for this main dish. A few mushrooms from River Valley, baguettes from our bakers and a crisp white wine from Glunz will make this a company-worthy dish.
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 ounces Canadian bacon, finely chopped
- 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff about 3 tablespoons cheese mixture into each pocket; close opening with a wooden pick. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper.
3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes. Turn chicken over; place pan in oven. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until chicken is done. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard wooden picks. Cut chicken diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve with pan juices.
Roasted asparagus: Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1 pound trimmed asparagus on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray; toss gently. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Place asparagus in a large bowl; toss with 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives. Complete the meal with a sliced baguette and a glass of crisp white wine.
Barbara Lauterbach, Cooking Light APRIL 2009