Creamy Gouda cheese and sweet apples make these stuffed chicken breasts a winning recipe! Pair with smoky roasted sweet potatoes for a sheet pan supper that will make everyone happy.
Stuffed chicken, first. EASY. Looks fancy. Win win. Everyone thinks you’ve created this show-stopping chicken recipe. And you were able to do it with very little effort. What could be better?
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (mine were 10 ounces each – shoot for 4-6 ounces per serving)
1.5 ounces gouda cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 large apple, thinly sliced (I used Honeycrisp – any firm apple will work)
1 teaspoon olive oil for chicken
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, more as desired for garnish
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 fresh ground pepper
For Sweet Potatoes:
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Step 1
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Step 2
Spray a large baking dish or sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray. Split each chicken breast across but not through and open like a book (be careful, you can easily cut yourself doing this!). This is also known as butterflying. On one side of the chicken, lay out 7-8 thin apple slices followed by 4-5 slices of cheese. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme. Fold over and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Step 3
Place the chicken breast on sheet pan and top with another sprig of fresh thyme if desired.
- Step 4
In a bowl, mix diced sweet potatoes with olive oil, smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon thyme leaves and sea salt until evenly coated. Arrange sweet potatoes in a single layer around chicken breasts.
- Step 5
Bake for 20 minutes and then stir sweet potatoes.
- Step 6
Continue to bake until the juices run clear from chicken and internal temperature of chicken registers at 165 degrees, about 10 additional minutes. Sweet potatoes should be fork tender.
The sweet apple pairs perfectly with the creamy Gouda cheese. The sweet potatoes not only add a great pop of color, but thanks to the smoked paprika, they add a fantastic smoky element that gives depth to the entire meal.