Stuffed Chicken Breasts

I always return from my foodie adventures with fabulous products from the food producers I visit and love finding ways to use them. On my most recent trip to Hawke's Bay I discovered Manuka Smoked Tomato Pesto from Telegraph Hill

Friday night provided a perfect opportunity to use the pesto as I was cooking dinner for friends on Waiheke Island.  While I made dessert, Upside Down Black Doris cakes before leaving home, I wanted something quick and easy to put together so I could spend more time enjoying friends’ company, than in the kitchen.   

So here's a simple yet tasty chicken dish (serves 4), perfect for weeknights. Excuse the photo; I completely forgot to take one minus the toothpicks! 

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 Tbsp pesto
  • 8 thin slices feta cheese (approx 100g)
  • 8 thickly sliced sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon
  • 1 lemon, zest & juice
  • Small handful of fresh thyme sprigs
  • Cracked black pepper
 Feta, pesto and spinach stuffed chicken breast, recipe by The Foodie Inc

Feta, pesto and spinach stuffed chicken breast, recipe by The Foodie Inc

  • Heat oven to 180 deg C on fan bake
  • Line large flat dish with baking paper
  • Cut each chicken breast horizontally so you can open them out flattish, like a book
  • Spread pesto evenly across insides of chicken breast
  • Layer feta cheese, tomatoes, spinach and basil on one half of each chicken breast
  • Fold over other half of chicken breast
  • Tightly wrap two rashers of bacon around each chicken breast and secure with toothpicks
  • Place on tray and sprinkle generously with lemon zest and juice
  • Top with thyme sprigs and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes until bacon is crispy and chicken cooked through
  • Carefully remove toothpicks and cut each breast into three pieces
  • Serve with a simple green salad and minted potatoes.

And of course you can make them without bacon but you will need to secure with extra toothpicks.

Happy cooking.