Almond-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Goat Cheese Filling
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Cook time: 
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  • ½ cup (125 mL) Sliced almonds
  • 1 pkg (200 g) Italissima goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Minced fresh chives or green onions
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Minced fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) Merchants pepper
  • 4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 Slices white bread
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Butter, melted
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) Salt
  1. In a small skillet, toast almonds over medium-low heat, stirring, until barely golden for about 3 minutes. Let cool. In a bowl, combine 2 tbsp (25 mL) of almonds, goat cheese, chives, parsley and half of the pepper; set filling aside. With a sharp knife held horizontally and starting from curved side of chicken breast, cut each breast in half almost but not all the way through; open like book. Spoon one-quarter of the filling over 1 side, spreading filling right to edge; fold uncovered side over filling. Remove crusts from white bread; tear bread into pieces. In food processor, pulse bread until in fine crumbs with some larger pieces about the size of rice to make 2 cups (500 mL).
  2. In shallow dish, combine bread crumbs with remaining almonds; drizzle with butter, tossing with fork. In another shallow dish, lightly beat together egg, salt and remaining pepper. Dip each chicken breast into egg, letting excess drip off. Press chicken into bread crumb mixture to coat both sides. Place on greased rimmed baking sheet. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)
  3. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven until golden, crisp and no longer pink inside for about 30 minutes

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