Artichoke and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke bottoms
½ cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat or feta cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh chives, divided
1½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
1½ teaspoons grated lemon rind, divided
8 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Drain artichokes in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid. Coarsely chop artichoke bottoms. Combine artichokes, cheese, 2 tablespoons chives, 1 teaspoon thyme, and 1 teaspoon lemon rind in a medium bowl; stir well.
Cut a horizontal slit in thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff about ¼ cup artichoke mixture into each pocket. Sprinkle chicken with pepper.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 chicken breasts, and cook 6 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from skillet. Set aside; keep warm. Repeat procedure with 1 teaspoon oil and remaining chicken breasts. Add reserved artichoke liquid, ½ teaspoon thyme, and ½ teaspoon lemon rind to skillet. Combine cornstarch and lemon juice; stir well. Add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Return chicken to skillet. Cover and simmer 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Spoon sauce over chicken. Top with 2 tablespoons chives.
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I've had this recipe for years and have used it over and over again. While it looks complicated to make, it's a breeze!