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Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Apricot Glaze

“My original version of this recipe used several tablespoons of butter versus a tablespoon of olive oil. It also used dried apricots and honey and more of the cheese.” —David Dahlman, Chatsworth, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons chopped shallots, divided
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons apricot spreadable fruit
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley


  • Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine the goat cheese, ricotta and 1 tablespoon shallots; spread over the center of each chicken breast. Roll up and secure with toothpicks.
  • In a small nonstick skillet, brown chicken in oil on all sides. Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, saute remaining shallots until tender. Stir in the broth, spreadable fruit, lemon juice and mustard. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half.
  • Return chicken to the pan; cook, covered until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, 6-7 minutes. Discard toothpicks. Serve chicken with cooking liquid. Sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 340 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 695mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 41g protein.

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  • suefalk
    May 28, 2017

    Yummy!! The most common problem of filling leaking during cooking is not pounding the meat thin enough. If it's too thick, it makes for a longer cooking time.

  • gourmetwanttabe
    Jan 4, 2015

    I give 2 stars for flavor only. The filling oozed out while browning and made a mess. The lemon juice curdled the sauce (but didn't hurt the flavor) and when cut to serve the rest of the filling came out. Deleted from my file--sorry!

  • cbenne12
    Oct 28, 2013


  • mlsmeyer
    Mar 17, 2013

    quick and delicious. The shallots were a bit lumpy for the recipe so I put it in the Vitamixer for a smoother sauce. Husband loved it!

  • PreciousPunk
    Mar 1, 2011

    I loved this - it was so easy and turned out great. The fact that it's healthy is just an added bonus!

  • MarvelousMaxie
    Mar 11, 2010

    I made this last night and it turned out perfect. I don't like using toothpicks (they never come out easily) so I tie my roll-ups with cotton kitchen twine & while they are resting (at least 15mins) I just clip the ties off, slice and serve.

  • popzork
    Jan 30, 2010

    I have made this recipe at least half a dozen times. My husband and I LOVE it! A great mix of flavors.

  • mjlouk
    Jan 31, 2009

    Not sure if I didn't get the chicken pounded thin enough, but mine totally came apart and cheese went everywhere in the pan.