What a simple main dish filled with lots of flavor! For those of you that are as obsessed with goat cheese as we are, this is for you. No only is this chicken stuffed with goat cheese, but the cracker topping adds a sweet and spicy finish that is to die for! Of course if you don't like spicy, just omit the red pepper flakes. This chicken is easy enough to throw together for a week night meal and fancy enough to make for a stay-at-home date night. Something about stuffed chicken makes people feel extra special. When I made it last night for Nate, I forgot to tell him it was stuffed...so when he cut into it, the cheese surprised him and he was very jolly when he said "Oh! It's stuffed!!" The original recipe calls for 6 oz of goat cheese, but our store sells it by 4 oz or 11 oz. 1 oz per chicken breast was perfect for us! Thank you Paula for this awesome recipe!
4 chicken breasts, boneless
1 sleeve butter crackers, crushed (used Ritz)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 oz. goat cheese, cut into 4 equal portions
3 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoon butter, melted
Non-stick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, add crushed crackers, red pepper, salt and pepper.
Spray the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Make a slit in the side of each chicken breast, being very careful not to go through the other side. (Use a sharp knife)
Stuff each chicken breast with equal amounts of goat cheese and place in baking dish.
Press cracker mixture on top of each breast, coating evenly.
Spray the top of each breast with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake chicken breast for 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, stir together butter and honey.