When we recently invited some friends round for a bbq the weather decided to turn decidedly English - cool and showery. I was planning to serve the chicken, lemon and thyme kebabs with a ratatouille that I wrote about recently but had to have a quick change of menu that used mostly the same ingredients - especially as our veg patch is proving to be rather successful in producing courgettes this year! We also have thyme growing in a corner of the garden.
I spotted this recipe on the Good Food website and it ticked all the boxes. All I needed in addition was some goats cheese and bacon which I happened to have in the fridge.
We looked at the weather forecast at about the time we would be marinading the kebabs and stuffed the chicken fillets instead, leaving them on a tray in the fridge. The most fiddly part of the recipe was stripping the tiny leaves from the thyme stalks, which I always find annoyingly tedious.
It turned out well, looked good and was very tasty. I served it with some buttery new potatoes (instead of the planned potato salad) and a dish of French beans (from the freezer) while the rain poured outside!
One skinless chicken fillet per person (six for this recipe)
1 log of goat’s cheese
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 pack of streaky bacon (you may need more)
3-4 tblsp olive oil or some Frylight spray
Preheat the oven to 190°C / 170° fan / gas mk 5.
Strip the leaves from two of the sprigs of thyme.
Split each chicken fillet lengthwise but not all the way through. Open out and flatten slightly by batting with a rolling pin or tin of beans.
Thinly slice the goat’s cheese, place two slices into a chicken fillet and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Fold the fillet over to enclose the cheese and wrap in two rashers of bacon. Repeat with the remaining chicken fillets.
Slice the courgettes and tomatoes and arrange in a suitable oiled roasting tin or baking dish. Drizzle with oil or spray with Frylight, season with salt and pepper and put the thyme sprigs on top. Sit the chicken fillets on top with the ends of the bacon tucked underneath.
Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked, the bacon crisp and the courgettes tender.
Serve with potatoes or other veg of your choice.