Honey and Goat Cheese Chicken

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By Hillary Granum

4 chicken breasts, boneless
1 sleeve butter crackers, crushed
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
6 oz. goat cheese, cut into 4 equal portions
3 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoon butter, melted
Non-stick cooking spray

Pre heat oven to 350º F.

Make a slit in the side of each chicken breast, being very careful not to go through the other side. In a medium bowl, add crushed crackers, red pepper, salt and pepper. Spray the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Stuff each chicken breast with equal amounts of goat cheese and place in baking dish. Press cracker mixture on top of each breast, coating evenly. Spray the top of each breast with non-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl, stir together butter and honey. Bake chicken breast for 10 minutes. Finally, spoon honey butter over chicken and return to oven for 25 minutes. 

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Notes from the Paula Deen Test Kitchen:  Great family night dinner. Make sure the knife you use to make the slits in the chicken breasts is very sharp.

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The Best Ever. Changed it some. Added parsley to the bread crumbs the last ten minutes of cooking. Also, changed goat cheese, added oregano and Greek seasoning. EASY for a crowd.. Every one loves it.

By SHELLEY PSYHOGIOS on March 24, 2013


THE BEST!!I added fresh parsley the last 10 minutes of cooking. Gives it a finished look with some color. To the goat cheese I added oregano and Greek season. Super easy great party dish.

By Anonymous on March 24, 2013


Love, love, love this!!! My husband said this is the best chicken dish he's ever had- ANYWHERE. And that is saying a lot because we are big time foodies. I did use multi-grain crackers instead of butter crackers for the health and texture aspect. And I actually used fig goat cheese to make it even sweeter. If you love goat cheese, you will LOVE this dish.

By marcee on March 26, 2012


FAMILY FAVORITE!!!!!!! Whole family eats every last bite-never any leftovers!!!

By Eva on March 06, 2012


WOW- what an amazing combo of delicious-ness! My boyfriend has now requested that EVERY time I make chicken I use this recipe. Perfect balance of sweet/spicy.

By JBAR on December 11, 2011


Definate crowd pleaser every time! you can use Feta cheese as well - not as tasty but great for those who don't like goat. Thanks for submitting Hillary! smile

By Tammy Elam on October 14, 2011


Completely AMAZING chicken!! Sweet, spicy, and devine! There were no leftovers here. It was easy to make, bake, and enjoy. The Goat cheese gives it a smooth sweet flavor along side the honey and the red pepper gives just enough spice that anyone can enjoy. The chicken will be plump, juicy, and slightly crisp. Make sure you use large chicken breast for better results and don't substitute other cheeses...it won't be as incredible as it is with Goat cheese and do it exactly as the recipe calls, you won't regret it... anything else and you truly miss out on the flavors that are created the way Paula Dean created them to be. Simply Amazing!

By Anita Johnson on August 25, 2011


omg, this is awesome. I accidentally picked up chicken tenders instead of breasts so instead of cutting pockets, I just put one tender on top of another with the cheese in between. It worked great! I will do this recipe again.

By melanie4640 on August 08, 2011


Absolutely amazing and so easy to make. I even used light butter and it was still awesome. You go Paula Deen! smile

By Becky Bolte on August 03, 2011


This was SO good! I was hoping to have left overs, but that didn't happen. I made it the night before and just baked it the next evening, turned out great.

By Bethany Schmidgall on May 02, 2011


Great recipe!! We added some chives to the goat cheese, and it turned out to be delicious!

By Kelly Miller on March 13, 2011


My family loves this. But I have two teenagers. So when they are here when I make it i do this. I use shredded sharp cheese instead of the goat cheese. They love it. But for my husband he loves the goat cheese. Also I add a little pitch of red pepper to the cheese. It gives it a little more of a kick. Anyway they love it. Thanks, Charity Pelham

By Charity Pelham on December 12, 2010

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