Bite through the crunchy coating and juicy meat of these chicken breasts and you'll be surprised by a soft, creamy goat-cheese center with a hint of spicy cayenne.
1. In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, sausage, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the parsley.
2. With a sharp knife, make an incision along the side of each chicken breast and cut into the middle, making a pocket without cutting through the edges. Fill each breast with the goat-cheese mixture and pinch the cut side of the breast together to seal in the stuffing.
3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with the water. Mix the cornmeal with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Dip each chicken breast in the cornmeal mixture to coat lightly, then into the egg mixture, and then back in the cornmeal.
4. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Turn and continue cooking until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes longer.
Menu Suggestions: Creamy mashed potatoes and a simple green vegetable are delicious with this crisp chicken.
Wine Recommendation: There's a lot going on in this dish, from the Italian sausage to the acidic goat cheese and the crunchy cornmeal. A light, slightly chilled pinot noir from Burgundy in France or from Oregon has the fruitiness and acidity to make a perfect partner.