Stuffed Chicken with Goat Cheese

Tonight I prepared a delicious dinner that was both healthy and satisfying.  The occasion: Christmas!  Although Christmas is still two days away, my husband and I will be spending the next two dinners with both of our families, therefore knocking out any opportunity for me to cook our first Christmas dinner together.  Therefore, I took it upon myself to make an early Christmas dinner for us, thereby appeasing both my desire to cook my first complete Christmas meal by myself and assemble my initial Christmas dinner as a married woman.

Stuffed Chicken with Goat Cheese 

(Source: Pass the Sushi blog, found through Pinterest)

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  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 3 slices bacon
  • toothpicks
  • Olive Oil

Preparation: Slice goat cheese into thin strips.  On a flat surface pound out your chicken to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  Lay goat cheese in the center of each piece of chicken and sprinkle basil, thyme and black pepper evenly over each.  Using toothpicks to secure, fold the chicken up and wrap in bacon.  Preheat oven to 375F.  Heat oil in a skillet.  Place chicken in skillet and cover for 5 minutes.  Rotate and brown.  Transfer skill to oven (I used a cookie sheet) and bake for 15 minutes.  Serve with your choice of side dish and/or salad.  In my case, I served the chicken alongside a tomato salad.

Brie Cheese with Parmesan Crisps

cheese

As a side hor’d’oeuvre, I served a Brie Cheese that I had warmed in the oven for 1-2 minutes and garnished with basil and Parmesan Crisps, which can be found at Trader Joe’s.  Any sort of crostini or thinly sliced bread will suffice as a satisfactory substitute for the Parmesan Crisps.

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