Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe with Goat Cheese, Pomegranates and Balsamic Reduction {High Protein + GF}

A quick and easy stuffed chicken breast recipe with creamy goat cheese and topped with sweet pomegranate seeds, and balsamic vinegar

Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken with Balsamic Reduction {High Protein + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

I have been eating a lot of pomegranates lately.

To the point where it is scaring Mr. FFF

The actual amount that I am eating is not what is causing him to be a worry pants though.  What is causing his anxiety is the fact that he comes home from work every morning to a wife covered in splattery, red, spots. Considering he is a nurse, he automatically jumps into super life saving mode and assumes that his wife is in the midst of doom and death.

Nope.  I am just a reallyyyyy messy pomegranate de-seeder person.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken with Balsamic Reduction {High Protein + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

On, the bright side I don’t have to wear as much makeup these days.  Pomegranate juice = instant, natural blush. Plus it’s really healthy and that means my cheeks are extra happy. I’m sure I read some article in Cosmo about happy cheeks being important. But, I also haven’t read a Cosmo in approximately 40,000 years so I could be lying.

Moving on.

Let’s talk about one of my favorite topics, beside shoes, and that is cheese. Specifically cheese from my cute little friend: the goat.  Side note: Don’t worry, I don’t actually think goats are cute. How-ev-er, I think that goats around the world feel like everyone feels that way, so I am trying to pretend change the goat movement. Ya know, just in case one is reading this.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken with Balsamic Reduction {High Protein + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

Ok, Goat Cheese.  Yes.  This is actually my favorite kind of cheese in the whole Milky Way (milky way=cheese.  You see the connection.) It works in just about any dish as it is so mild in flavour but BIG on creamy, smooth nom nom nom-age. I stuffed some into the center of these little clucksters and, BOOM, insta-chicken-that-I-want-to-crawl-up-inside-of-and-make-a-little-home.   Is that weird and excessive?  I just really like goat cheese you guys.

Side note: Since we are kind of, in a round about way, talking about the appearance of animals, do you guys think that chickens look like mini dinosaurs? Is that just me? Please say no.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken with Balsamic Reduction {High Protein + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

 Sometimes I really don’t know how and why I think of these things. Furthermore, why I say them to YOU.

Alright, so we’ve established that you need to put some goat cheese in your facial hole. Let’s talk about pomegranate balsamic glaze that takes approximately 43 seconds to prepare.  Ok, maybe a few more seconds than that, but it is SO EASY. Seriously, if you want to make just about ANYTHING taste delish and look extra fancy, make this sauce. Do it. Don’t even think about it.  It’s thick, sweet, a little bit tangy and has a pop of freshness from the pomegranate juice. The best part about all this magic? One pot wonder. Yesyesyes.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken with Balsamic Reduction {High Protein + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

Finally we come ‘round the bend to the pomegranate arils.  If you did not know this, these little seedies are JAM PACKED with antioxidants that will make yo’ body feel the  warm tinglies of health and love and joy…and stuff. How-ev-er there are three other reasons what you should finish off your chicken by topping it with pomegranate arils and sweet, fresh basil:

1)     Ohhh so pretty!

2)     Ohhh the crunch!

3)     Ohhh so fancy!

You like it. I like it. Let’s eat it.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken with Balsamic Reduction {High Protein + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken with Balsamic Reduction {High Protein + GF}
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the Chicken:
  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • 4 Oz Goat Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • For the Balsamic Reduction:
  • ¼ Cup Shallots, minced (about 4 small shallots)
  • ⅔ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Pomegranate juice
  • ¼ Cup Low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ Cup + 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ Cup Pomegranate arils
  • ¼ Cup Fresh basil, diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a large baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cut a pocket into the center of each chicken breast, making sure to not cut all the way through the breast.
  3. Stuff each pocket with 1 oz of goat cheese and sprinkle each breast with a pinch of salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  4. In a large pan, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil over medium/high heat.
  5. Cook the chicken breasts until lightly golden brown on each side (about 1-2 minutes per side.) Use tongs to flip the chicken as it helps to keep all that cheese inside. However, some cheese may ooze out as it begins to warm up.
  6. Once browned, transfer the chicken to the prepared baking dish and set aside.
  7. Turn the heat down to medium and add the shallots right into the same pan the chicken was in.
  8. Cook the shallots until soft (about 2-3 minutes.)
  9. Add in the balsamic vinegar, pomegranate juice, chicken broth, brown sugar and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, stiring constantly, until the sauce just begins to reduce and thicken (about 4-5 minutes.)
  10. Pour the sauce evenly over the chicken breasts and bake until they are cooked through (15-20 mins.)
  11. Serve each chicken breast drizzled with some of the leftover sauce, pomegranate seeds and fresh basil.
  12. Devour!
Notes
I served this over a bed of cous cous that was drizzled with some of the balsamic reduction. It was delicious!

 

Comments

  1. says

    My daughter has developed a crazy love for pomegranates too – she had deseeded one in the kitchen and had conveniently forgotten to clean up after herself – so naturally when I found the dried up pom juice – I thought much like your husband and had to examine her and the dogs for cuts! GAH!

    The balsamic reduction sounds fantastic – i can only imagine how good it was combined with the chicken and goat cheese!

    • Tate says

      Well that was probably the right mom reaction! I’m glad my hubby isn’t the only one who assumes doom!
      Thanks lady! :)

  2. says

    Taylor – you had me cracking up when I was reading this!! Clucksters?? SO funny! Pom juice as blush – hilarious! This was exactly what I needed to read this morning – thanks!

    So … I love that you have totally embraced the pomegranate. And I love all of these recipes you are sharing on here with them! I’ve got some on my counter just WAITING to be turned into something magical!

    PS – mini dinosaurs?? LOL!!

    • Tate says

      Glad I could give you a little giggle with all my usual nonsense Gretchen!
      Trust me, your pomegranates want to go on top of goat cheese stuffed chicken. It is magic on a plate! :)

  3. Carolyn says

    This sounds wonderful Tate! I too lately have been eating a lot of pomegranates! Putting them in my salads and everything I can think of. Will certainly try this one. Love all your posts.

  4. says

    Hehe I’m so guilty of leaving a mess after deseeding pomegranates too and your husband’s reaction is too cute! The chicken sounds incredible with the goat cheese and balsamic reduction!

  5. says

    Pomegranate as makeup – such a good idea :) Pomegranates are so tasty though – I wish they weren’t so hard to de-seed! But it is totally worth it, especially to make something that looks this great!! What a perfect dinner, yum!

  6. says

    Ohhh I have been in such a pomegranate phase lately! Munching on the seeds for a snack, sprinkling them over my salad, even floating a few in some cocktails (so festive for Christmas)! The first time I hacked into a pomegranate I was in my college dorm room and I had NO clue what to expect. Holy red splatter ALLLLL over my white walls. I scrubbed and I scrubbed because I was so afraid I’d get fined! Thankfully it didn’t stain, but since then I’ve been suuuper careful when it comes to breaking them open.

    Wearing an old shirt and covering the kitchen in paper towels would be sooo worth it for this delicious looking dinner! High protein to boot! Mmmm.

    • Tate says

      OMG seeds in a cocktail, YUM! I am so glad that didn’t stain for you! That would have been awful!
      Thanks Alyssa! :) Old T-shirt necessary!

  7. says

    Glad I came across your site. Pomegranate + goat cheese. Love! And basil? Even more love!

    Every time I de-seed a pomegranate, I am always impressed at the range of the juice splattering. No person, counter, or wall is safe!

  8. says

    1) I looooove balsamic. I could do that. 2) I remember us talking about how I don’t like goat cheese. But these look so yummy, I might be able to do it just once. 3) I love that you spell flavor “flavour.” You Canadian, you. :)

  9. says

    LOVE pomegranates but HATE seeding them… I always end up making it look like a murder scene oh well.
    This combo looks lovely! Chicken + goat cheese + pomegranate + balsamic reduction??? Sounds so so delicious!
    And your pictures are terrific, girl!
    Have a wonderful weekend! <3

  10. says

    haha.. I admit if I came home and see you covered in red spots I would be alittle worried too! Too funny.

    I am a totally goat cheese nut too! So creamy and tangy and PERFECT with a balsamic reduction {another obsession of mine} Loving this meal Tate! I haven’t tried deseeding a pomegranate before but totally need to try, even if its just to freak out my husband when he comes home from work. hehe. :) Pinned!

    • Tate says

      Haha I love your devious little mind Krista! ;) If you do attempt, wear an old t-shirt!
      Thanks for the pin and chicken love! :)

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