Chicken with Herbed Cheese

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup full-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp minced parsley and chives or other herbs as desired
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. With a sharp knife, cut a pocket in each chicken breast. In a small bowl, combine the cheese with the egg and mix thoroughly. Stir in the herbs, garlic and onion. Using a small spoon, stuff each breast with several tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Fasten with toothpicks if necessary. Season both sides with salt and pepper and arrange in a single layer in an oiled shallow roasting pan. Pour melted butter over the breasts. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Turn once when halfway done to brown both sides. Let chicken rest 5 minutes before serving.