Mediterannean Bliss: Feta & Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken Breast

Journey to the heart of the Mediterranean with this exquisite chicken breast, masterfully stuffed with a vibrant mix of creamy feta cheese and smoky roasted red peppers. 

Each slice unravels layers of juicy chicken harmoniously intertwined with the tangy feta and the sweet, charred flavor of red peppers. 

This dish is a celebration of contrasts, where the creaminess of the cheese perfectly offsets the robustness of the peppers, culminating in a truly gourmet experience.

A beautifully plated chicken breast, sliced to reveal its tantalizing stuffing of feta cheese and roasted red peppers, elegantly adorned with fresh thyme leaves.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes

The Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields 4 servings. 
  • Ideal Serving Size: 180g per serving.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 410 kcal/serving
  • Macronutrients:
    • Proteins: 40g
    • Carbohydrates: 5g
    • Fats: 25g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.5g

Ingredients, Measured in Grams

  • Chicken breast: 720g
  • Feta cheese: 150g
  • Roasted red peppers (jarred): 100g
  • Olive oil: 20ml
  • Fresh thyme: 5g
  • Garlic cloves: 15g
  • Salt and pepper: To taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Carefully cut a pocket into the side of each chicken breast, ensuring not to cut all the way through.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine crumbled feta cheese, finely chopped roasted red peppers, minced garlic, and fresh thyme leaves. Mix until well integrated.
  4. Stuff each chicken breast pocket with the feta and red pepper mixture, securing with toothpicks if necessary.
  5. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Place the stuffed chicken breasts in the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until they have a nice golden crust.
  6. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  7. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving to let the juices redistribute.
A close-up that captures the creamy texture of the feta cheese, perfectly complemented by the vibrant color and charred bits of the roasted red peppers.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an added layer of flavor, consider marinating the chicken breasts in a mix of olive oil, lemon zest, and Mediterranean herbs for at least 2 hours prior to cooking.
  • Using jarred roasted red peppers saves time, but for a more authentic taste, you can roast fresh red bell peppers in the oven until charred, then peel and use.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use another type of cheese? Yes, mozzarella or goat cheese can be used as alternatives, though feta's unique tanginess is irreplaceable.
  • How do I know the chicken is cooked through? Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. It should read 75°C (165°F).