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Try any firm, sweet tart apple such as Braeburn or golden delicious apples.The chicken can be prepared ahead of time and cooked later.
- 6 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 ounces goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
- 1 large firm apple, peeled, cored, and shredded
- flour, for dusting
- 1 large egg
- 1 1⁄3 cups breadcrumbs
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Place chicken breast on a large sheet of waxed or plastic; cover with another sheet; pound chicken breast to 1/4 inch thickness, remove the top sheet and season with salt and pepper.
- Combine the goat cheese, lemon rind, and apple; divide the apple mixture among the chicken breast and spread the mixture evenly over half the surface of each breast; fold each breast in half and press the edges together, forming a pocket.
- Sprinkle the flour onto a sheet of waxed paper.
- In a small bowl combine the egg and water; In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
- Dust each chicken breast lightly with flour and dip into egg mixture, moistening all surfaces.
- Coat with bread crumb mixture, patting the crumbs gently in place. (The chicken can be prepared to this point several hours ahead; cover and refrigerate, when ready to cook, bring the chicken to room temperature).
- In a large, heavy skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat; Add chicken; cook until browned and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes per side, drain on paper towels and serve.
Yum! This is a keeper. We only needed 2 chicken breasts, and we used 2 oz of goat cheese & half a granny smith apple. I followed another reviewer's advice to brown the chicken the skillet, then bake in the oven at 350. After 25-30 min, our chicken was cooked to perfection.Next time, I'll spoon all the extra goat cheese and apples into the baking dish. We even made this a gluten free recipe by using GF flour & breadcrumbs. Thanks, Barb!
I love this recipe! I made a few changes based on what I had on hand in my pantry. Instead of breadcrumbs I used Ritz crackers, and used a garlic olive oil as well. Added a great extra punch of flavor!
Very tasty, easy chicken recipe. We used 5 oz of goat cheese, otherwise we followed the directions as posted. I used a Granny Smith apple. Had the leftovers today for lunch and did not have the problem with soggy breadcrumbs that another reviewer mentioned. We browned the chicken on the stovetop and finished in the oven at 350F for about 15-20 minutes. This worked really well. Thanks for a nice recipe.