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Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken was created in connection with my appointment as a contributor to the Nakano Natural and Seasoned Rice Vinegar. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with their product, however my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. 

Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken is a little sweet, a little savory, and a whole lot of delicious. The basil citrus marinade is super bright and flavorful and the hearty serving of chicken is stuffed with creamy goat cheese, fresh basil and sweet, fruity dried apricots. This chicken comes together really easily for a quick weeknight meal but also looks and tastes impressive enough to serve to guests. You can put the marinade together in just minutes in the morning and when you get home from work all you’ll have to do is stuff the chicken and bake! This chicken pairs great with veggies or a side salad and each satisfying Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast is just 333 calories or 8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!

Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

I’m really enjoying working with Nakano Rice Vinegar this summer (if you missed my previous posts, check out my Antipasto Salad and Mediterranean Topped Grilled Chicken)! Their seasoned rice vinegars are so easy to use in recipes and they’re also free of artificial ingredients, flavors and preservatives. I love all the different flavors, and the Citrus variety I used in this recipe is definitely one of my favorites. I adore anything and everything citrus, and this vinegar is lightly sweet with a mildly tangy vinegar flavor that would be perfect in a salad dressing, pasta or (of course) marinade!

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Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

For more tasty chicken dishes, check out the Chicken Category of my Recipe Index for recipes like Mediterranean Topped Grilled Chicken, Pimento Cheese Stuffed Chicken, Cheddar Ranch Chicken Tenders, Cream Cheese Stuffed Everything Chicken, Hummus Chicken Salad, Bubble Up Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, Cheesy Bacon BBQ Chicken and many more!

Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Basil Citrus Marinade:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Nakano Citrus Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Chicken and Stuffing:

  • 4 (6 oz each) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts – 1 ½ lbs total
  • 4 oz goat cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon sliced fresh basil
  • 6 dried apricots, chopped

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a blender (I put mine in a cup and used my immersion blender) and blend until ingredients are well combined. Transfer the blended marinade to a gallon Ziploc bag and set aside.
  2. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, slice the breasts from the side (creating a top and bottom) almost all the way through (we’re doing this before marinating so we don’t have to cut slippery marinated breasts). Add the chicken to the bag and seal. Use your hands to massage the chicken through the bag and make sure the breasts are evenly coated with marinade. Place the bag in your refrigerator and allow the chicken to marinate for 6-10 hours, turning the bag once or twice if possible to make sure the chicken is evenly coated by the marinade.
  3. When the chicken is done marinating, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and transfer to the baking sheet. Open each breast at the slit and spread one ounce of the goat cheese across the bottom inside surface of each breast. Sprinkle the sliced basil over top of the goat cheese in each breast and follow with the chopped apricots. Close the breast, folding the top half back over the apricots and cheese.
  4. Place the baking sheet of breasts into the pre-heated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Serve warm.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*:
8 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus*:
8 per breast with toppings (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers brand PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)

Nutrition Information*:
333 calories, 10 g carbs, 6 g sugars, 13 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 43 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

*Just a note about the nutrition information and Weight Watchers points for this recipe: If you plug the full amounts of the marinade ingredients listed into a nutrition calculator you will get different nutrition info than I have listed. Since so much of the marinade gets thrown out, I weighed the marinade before adding the chicken and then again after removing the chicken. That way I was able to calculate the nutritional values based more closely on the amount of marinade that actually gets consumed. The totals above should be pretty accurate reflections of what actually makes it onto your plate!

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One Response to “Apricot Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken”

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    Doris — July 30, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

    Emily–this looks delicious !! I doubt I can find the citrus flavored rice vinegar in my very small home town ..What can I use as a substitute ?? I can find plain rice vinegar I know ..thanks !!

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