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Chicken with Grapes, Goat Cheese & Pine Nuts

Yield Makes 4 servings


  • 6 ounces goat cheese (chevre), softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Mint Flakes , divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Thyme Leaves , divided
  • 4 small bone-in chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sicilian Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground McCormick® Gourmet Collection Black Peppercorns, Tellicherry
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups red and green grapes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar or vino cotto
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Mix goat cheese and 1/2 teaspoon each of the mint and the thyme in small bowl until well blended. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions. Carefully loosen the skin from the chicken breast with your fingers, creating a pocket. Place goat cheese stuffing evenly under the skin into the pocket, taking care not to rip the skin. Season chicken with sea salt and pepper.

    Heat oil in large oven proof skillet on medium heat. Add chicken, skin-side down; cook 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Do not turn chicken.

    Transfer skillet to oven. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

    Meanwhile, toss grapes, onion, vinegar, and remaining 1 teaspoon each mint and thyme in medium bowl. Remove chicken from skillet; keep warm. Drain oil from skillet. Add grape mixture; cook until heated through.

    To serve, place a chicken breast on each plate. Spoon grape mixture over chicken. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Serve with polenta, if desired.

    This recipe was created by Cat Cora, Bon Appetit Executive Chef, for the McCormick® Gourmet Collection.

    Nutrition information per serving
    Calories: 514
    Fat: 30 g
    Cholesterol: 117 mg
    Protein: 40 g
    Sodium: 760 mg
    Carbohydrates: 21 g
    Fiber: 1 g