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Stuffed Chicken Breast

Chicken breasts stuffed with crispy bacon, creamy goat cheese, and fresh basil leaves. Baked in the oven, then topped with a balsamic glaze.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 large, boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 4 oz goat cheese, divided
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F.  Carefully butterfly each chicken breast by running a sharp knife horizontally through the thickest part of the breast but not all the way through. Both sides of the breast should lie flat on the surface. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  • To each chicken breast, add 1/4 of the bacon, 1/4 of the goat cheese, and 1/4 of the chopped basil leaves on one side of the breast. Fold the other half of the chicken breast over, then secure with a toothpick if desired.
  • When finished stuffing the chicken breasts, brown each side in an oven-safe skillet.  Place skillet in oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees. 
  • A few minutes before the chicken is done, prepare the balsamic glaze.  Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir until the vinegar is reduced by 1/3.  It will start to form a thick, syrup-like consistency.
  • To serve, place chicken breast on plate and drizzle glaze on top.