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Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Rustic Basil Pesto

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Each breast is stuffed with TWO layers of goat cheese, some of which magically melts into the chicken keeping it unbelievably juicy. The first cheesy infusion is nestled in the center of the chicken breast, and the second goes right underneath the skin, which gets beautifully browned and crisped in the oven. The goat cheese itself is seasoned with an unbeatable combination of garlic, fresh basil and little bit of lemon, giving each tender bite of chicken a tangy, herby goodness.

50MIN

Total Cooking Time

16

Ingredients
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Ingredients
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Servings:
4
Serves 4
4 oz
Goat Cheese
2 cloves
Garlic , grated
1 Tbsp
Fresh Basil , chopped
1/2 tsp
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/2
Lemon , thinly sliced
Rustic Basil Pesto
1/3 cup
Pine Nuts , toasted, finely chopped
1 cup
Fresh Basil , finely chopped
2 cloves
Garlic , minced
to taste
1/4 tsp
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tbsp
plus 1 tsp
1/4 cup
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
plus 2 Tbsp
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Directions

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Step 1
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Step 2
Combine the Goat Cheese (4 oz) , Garlic (2 cloves) , Fresh Basil (1 Tbsp) , Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (1/2 tsp) , Lemon Juice (1 tsp) and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (1 tsp) . Taste and season with Salt (to taste) .
Step 3
Use a sharp knife to cut a deep slit into each Bone-In, Skin-On Chicken Breasts (4) . It should be about 3 inches long and 1 1/2 inches deep. Do NOT go all the way through the breast. Spoon a tablespoon of goat cheese into the slit of each, pushing it as deep possible.
Step 4
Spoon a second tablespoon of goat cheese under the skin of each chicken breast.
Step 5
Smooth the skin over the top, making sure the cheese is evenly distributed.
Step 6
Place the chicken breasts into a baking dish. Rub the skin of each breast with a little bit of olive oil and season generously with Salt (to taste) and Ground Black Pepper (to taste) . Thinly slice a Lemon (1/2) and place two thin slices on top of each breast.
Step 7
Bake for 30 minutes until the skin is lightly browned and the chicken is cooked through.
Step 8
While your chicken is in the oven, prepare your rustic pesto. Heat a medium skillet/pan over medium heat with no oil. When hot, add Pine Nuts (1/3 cup) and toast for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant.
Step 9
Finely chop pine nuts and place them in a medium bowl. Add Fresh Basil (1 cup) , Garlic (2 cloves) , Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (1/4 tsp) , Lemon Juice (1 Tbsp) , Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (1/4 cup) and mix until well combined.
Step 10
Serve your goat cheese stuffed chicken breasts topped with rustic basil pesto.

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