I’m all about the basil lately. I have been growing basil in a small pot on my balcony and let me tell you, that little herb comes in handy all of the time. There’s nothing like walking outside to snip some fresh herbs from my “garden” when my recipes need a little something extra. I encourage you to start growing some herbs if you aren’t already. This recipe is fabulous because it is gourmet without all of the hassle, not to mention, it is healthy and extremely delicious.
Some of my favorite herbs that I find I use the most are basil, thyme, Italian parsley, and mint. I haven’t had too much luck growing the parsley for some reason but I will figure out the solution to that problem asap. In the meantime, I love using my other herbs for all of my recipes. Fresh herbs bring a certain brightness of flavor to any dish that dried herbs simply cannot do. I recommend only using dried herbs when you are using high heat because they will not burn as easily as fresh herbs. In this recipe, the basil, roasted red pepper, and goat cheese compliment each other so well. They will definitely have a little party in your mouth. Not to mention, the chicken is baked in the oven until it’s skin is golden brown but the meat is still as juicy as ever. I think you are in for a real treat with this simply delicious and quick recipe.
For this recipe you will need:
1 chicken breast (boneless) or thigh, skin on
2 basil leaves, whole
2 jarred roasted red bell peppers
1 Tbsp plain goat cheese
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Turn the chicken over and sprinkle the under side with salt and pepper. Turn over and gently loosen the skin from the meat with your fingers, being sure not to tear the skin. I find that using my hands to spread the goat cheese under the skin is way easier than using anything else. Gently spread a layer of goat cheese under the skin. Add the basil leaves and roasted red bell pepper and fold the skin over. Rub the olive oil onto the skin and sprinkle with salt and pepper. The olive oil will help ensure that the skin will be nicely golden brown from roasting. If you are using a chicken breast, bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees. If you are using a chicken thigh, bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees. Since the thigh has a bone, it takes a tad bit longer than the breast.
This chicken made me so happy while I was eating it. Alongside I had roasted asparagus and butternut squash. Definitely a winner winner chicken dinner!