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Chicken with Feta Cheese


Feta cheese has a rich, tangy taste. Besides adding flavor, stuffing the chicken breasts with feta helps keep them moist during cooking.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, May 2004


  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. In a small bowl, combine feta and oregano. Make a pocket in chicken breasts: Holding chicken flat with palm of one hand, make an incision in thicker side of each breast with a paring knife. Carefully pivot the knife to create a deep pocket, keeping the other side of the chicken breast intact. Stuff pockets with feta mixture, dividing evenly; generously season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook until browned on both sides, 6 to 7 minutes per side.

  3. Cover skillet, and continue cooking until chicken is opaque throughout and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 160 degrees. about 5 minutes more. Remove chicken to a platter, and keep warm.

  4. To the skillet, add chicken stock, and cook, stirring up brown bits with a wooden spoon until reduced slightly. Add lemon juice and butter. Reduce the heat to low, and swirl pan until butter is melted, and sauce is slightly thickened. Serve chicken drizzled with sauce.

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  • pattisutton
    10 FEB, 2017
    Delicious. I put the sauce on the side. Family has asked that this one be served more often. Served it with mashed potatoes, which were tasty topped with some of the sauce.
  • Fayesmommy
    9 AUG, 2013
    I liked this recipe for its simplicity!! So good :)
  • TheCityMouse
    2 FEB, 2012
    I made this last night on a was very very good! I served it with steamed vegetables on the was a big hit and I will most certainly make this again and again.
  • bigtimer24
    3 FEB, 2011
    This dish was quick and easy. My family enjoyed it!
  • busybee222
    25 APR, 2010
    this recipe is a lot better!
    11 AUG, 2009
    I think goat cheese would be a very good substitute.
  • nbabich
    17 FEB, 2009
    Easy and delicious. Served with a caesar salad to sync it up with the lemon from the sauce.
  • LMintner
    11 JAN, 2009
    The is amazingly easy to make. I had a very stressful day at work and whipped this up when I got home. Our home was filled with an incredible aroma. My husband loved the flavor and couldn't believe how quickly I put such a fantastic meal together. I served the chicken with a side of broccoli, califlower and carrots. I will make this again.
  • KellyWhalen
    12 FEB, 2008
    I made this for a friend who had a new baby. They loved it, and it has become a standby for entertaining. I added olives and sundried tomatoes to the feta mixture and pulsed it in the food processor. I also used homemade broth which is SO much better. :)
  • carolc902
    16 DEC, 2007
    This is my absolute favorite chicken recipe. The sauce is excellent. I serve it with rice pilaf.