LC Love Me Tender Note
According to the authors, the chicken “fillet” is “the long slender piece attached to the bottom side of each breast half,” although if you don’t find them, don’t despair. Sometimes they’re removed from the chicken breasts and sold separately as “chicken tenders,” given how tender, moist, and quick-cooking they are. The tenders can be sold at a ridiculous markup compared to breasts, so save yours and set them aside, as the authors suggest, for a stir-fry or to make kid-friendly chicken strips.
Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs and Goat Cheese
- Quick Glance
- 30 M
- 1 H
- Serves 4
Special Equipment: Toothpicks or small metal skewers
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Place the chicken breasts, smooth side up, on a work surface with the thickest portion to your right. Butterfly the breast by holding your knife parallel to the work surface and cutting almost but not quite all the way through the thick side of the breast toward the tapered side so that you can open the breast like a book. Season the butterflied chicken breasts inside and out with 1/2 tablespoon thyme leaves, a pinch of salt, and a grinding of pepper.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 tablespoon thyme, figs, goat cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, the garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a grinding of black pepper. Spoon the stuffing onto 1 half of each chicken breast portion, dividing it evenly. Close the chicken over the stuffing. Wrap a slice of pancetta around each chicken breast. Hold the breast closed and the pancetta in place with a toothpick or a small metal skewer.
Oil a large (about 13-by-9-inch) shallow flameproof baking pan with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place the chicken breasts in the pan and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn and roast the other side until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), about 10 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven; transfer the chicken to a serving platter and cover with foil. Add the wine to the pan and heat to a boil over high heat, scraping up the browned bits and reducing the wine to a syrup, about 5 minutes. Drizzle the wine over the chicken, and serve.
Recipe Testers' Tips
This is a lovely recipe that is, as promised, easy to put together. My own personal taste required less salt, what with the presence of both pancetta and goat cheese. Next time, I’d leave salt out of the stuffing, and perhaps just use a pinch to season the chicken rather than the half teaspoon. The white wine syrup is a delicious finishing touch, and I’d definitely make this again for guests.
I am always looking for a good, easy and seasonal dish to serve as a main course for entertaining. For the most part, this recipe works well. It is simple to follow and easy to prepare. While I am not a huge fan of goat cheese, I found this pairing of the cheese and figs to be very pleasant. The chicken was moist and tender, and we all enjoyed the wine sauce. When finished, the stuffing blends together well and is mellow in taste. I would certainly make this again, but I think I may add a dash of Greek herbs along with the thyme to the stuffing so it’s not so subtle in taste. The only complaint I have is that the stuffing may be a little too subtle in the seasoning. I wanted a little more in the “wow” department.