Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken roll, 3/4 cup pasta, and 1/2 cup sauce)

An Italian acquaintance suggested the garlic cloves simmer in store-bought marinara to add flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine goat cheese, 2 tablespoons basil, and minced garlic; set aside.

Step 2

Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and pound each half to a 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Divide the cheese mixture evenly among breast halves. Roll up jelly-roll fashion. Tuck in sides; secure each roll with wooden picks.

Step 3

Heat the pasta sauce and whole garlic cloves in a large skillet over medium heat; add chicken. Cover and cook 25 minutes or until chicken is done. Serve over pasta. Garnish with 1 tablespoon basil.

Ratings & Reviews

LouisePearl's Review

February 13, 2014
I feel a little off-base in grading this. We used only the basic idea, but changed to pork tenderloin, hammered to a 1/2 inch and then filled with the filling. We baked, and then served with fettuccine noodles, sauce, and spinach. It is delicious!

mrsjroe's Review

June 03, 2013

Morningglory29's Review

May 26, 2013

BraveNewGirl's Review

March 03, 2013
Very good, although I added more cheese.

ilovemyderricks's Review

August 29, 2012

skspillman's Review

November 13, 2011
Instead of pounding the chicken, I cut a slit in each chicken breast and put the cheese mixture in that way. I cooked them about 35 minutes instead of 25, and they were done perfectly. I served the chicken and sauce over whole wheat spaghetti, and it was good--a simple, tasty recipe, definitely a keeper.

margascav's Review

December 31, 2010
I have made this for company several times. It is easy and outstanding. You can even roll up the chicken and refrigerate it a few hours in advance or overnight before you cook it in the marinara. A high quality marinara with lots of garlic makes a big difference.

Funpuff's Review

October 31, 2010
This recipe is really great. I used flavored goat cheese (garlic and herb or tomato and basil).

KristineA's Review

September 01, 2010
My family loved this! I loved how easy it was- flatten chicken, rub goat cheese on, add some spices, roll up and drop in pan with spaghetti sauce! I forgot to use the toothpicks, but it didn't seem to matter. I did use fresh basil and real garlic- added a couple extra whole cloves to the sauce because we are real big roasted garlic fans! It was yummy spread on the crusty bread we served with it and pasta. I will defiantly be making this one again!

hesto1's Review

September 14, 2009