Roasted Chicken with Goat Cheese + Lemon

This is a SUPER easy and healthy weeknight fave of ours. I saw this on a blog I follow and love [Designer Bags + Dirty Diapers], and it’s become a major staple in our house. I crave this one now, and I don’t feel one bit bad about it! It’s less than 250 calories for a good portion of this yummy chicken.
roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemons
Here’s what we need in a counter-clockwise fashion: chicken breasts, lemon, thyme, goat cheese, EVOO, black pepper, and Kosher salt.
  roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemon
First, cut your chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make them thinner. I use a serrated knife because it cuts through the meat a little easier. Just be sure to watch those fingers! The few times I’ve really, really hurt myself cutting something, I was using a serrated knife. They’re vicious little buggers.
roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemon
Liberally season one side of the chicken with salt and pepper.
roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemon
In a large Dutch oven or oven-proof skillet, pour in about 2 tbs. EVOO and layer the thyme sprigs on top to make a little BeautyRest Mattress Situation for your chicken.
roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemon
Then place the chicken, seasoned-side-down, on the thyme.
roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemon
Season the other side with salt and pepper.
roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemon
Now we crumble on zé goat chez.
 roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemon
Then we make a little sandwich action with our lemon slices. Make sure to gently press down on the slices so they stick to the cheese.
roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemon
Now, we roast the chicken (uncovered) at 375 for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Then, turn the broiler on high for about 3 minutes until the lemons get a little char on them.
roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemon
I have to say that my favorite things to eat and cook are the ones that highlight good quality, fresh ingredients. Here, the lemon and thyme are such a nice tangy highlight to compliment the sinfully delicious goat cheese.

roasted chicken with goat cheese and lemons

We had ours with German Potatoes because I felt like having some bold flavors that night. The meal came in at less than 500 calories, but you’d have thought it was at least double that for the flavor it packed.

Roasted Chicken with Goat Cheese + Lemon
2 tbs. EVOO
6 fresh thyme sprigs
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I usually do two large and that’s enough for Jon and I plus leftovers for Corey)
2 oz. goat cheese
1 lemon, slicedPreheat the oven to 375.Pour the EVOO into the bottom of a 13×9 Pyrex or a Dutch oven. Make a “bed” for the chicken using thyme sprigs. Generously season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Lay the chicken on the thyme, then crumble the goat cheese on top. Try to keep as much cheese on the chicken as possible. Sandwich it all together with the lemon slices on top.

Bake, uncovered, at 375 for 25-35 minutes (depending on thickness of the chicken), until chicken is cooked through. For an added touch, turn the broiler on the last couple of minutes to char the lemon and cheese.

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