Watercress-stuffed chicken breasts

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Stuffed with a cream cheese and watercress filling, these bacon-wrapped chicken breasts are too tasty for words. From our sister magazine, Woman's Weekly. Follow along in our easy step-by-step how to video to see how it's done.

Woman's Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon says: There are a variety of claims about the health benefits of watercress, ranging from research that indicates it can help prevent certain cancers, to suggestions that eating a bag of watercress can be a hangover cure. All of this stems from the fact that it's packed full of vitamins and minerals - it's sometimes called a 'natural superfood'.


  • 1 large bunch of watercress, trimmed
  • 200g carton full-fat cream cheese
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 rashers pancetta
  • 2tbsp olive oil


  1. Set the oven to gas mark 6 or 200°C.
  2. Reserve 4 sprigs of watercress for garnish, then place the rest of watercress, the cream cheese and seasoning into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Or, chop the watercress finely and beat it into the cream cheese, with seasoning.
  3. Use a rolling pin to beat each chicken breast between 2 pieces of cling film, to double it in width.
  4. Divide the cream-cheese mixture between chicken breasts, then roll chicken up to encase filling, with the join underneath. Wrap 2 pieces of pancetta around each chicken breast.
  5. Place chicken in a small roasting tin and brush with olive oil. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 mins, or until juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with a fine skewer.
  6. Remove from oven and slice each breast into 3 or 4. Serve with boiled new potatoes and salad, garnished with the reserved watercress. (Not suitable for freezing).

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 577(kcal)
  • Fat 45.0g
  • Saturates 21.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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