Ricotta and herb chicken fillets recipe

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serves: 4
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 498 kCal 25%

Tender chicken breasts oozing with a rich garlic and herb cheesy filling make a simple but delicious dinner.


  • 50g (2oz) ricotta cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 10ml (2tsp) fresh chopped thyme
  • 10ml (2tsp) fresh chopped parsley
  • 15ml (1tbsp) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 4 large chicken fillets
  • 8 slices Parma ham
  • 15g (1/2oz) butter
  • 45ml (3tbsp) olive oil
  • 225g (8oz) bag spinach salad
  • 50g (2oz) pine nuts, lightly toasted


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C, 375°F, Gas 5. Blend the ricotta with the garlic, herbs and Parmesan and season with freshly ground black pepper. Use a sharp knife to slice a large pocket in each chicken fillet.

  • Spoon a quarter of the ricotta mixture into each pocket and seal closed with wooden cocktail sticks or very thin metal skewers. Wrap each fillet in 2 slices of Parma ham.

  • Heat the butter and 15ml (1tbsp) of the olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the fillets over a high heat, turning frequently until golden brown (don’t worry if a little cheese leaks out).

  • Transfer the fillets to a small roasting tin. Cover with foil and bake for 25-35 mins until cooked through.

  • Divide the spinach salad between 4 plates and scatter over the pine nuts. Slice each stuffed fillet into 6 and arrange on top. Stir the remaining olive oil into the juices in the roasting tin and pour over the chicken.

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