Tonight’s Dinner: Gouda-stuffed chicken recipe

Cheese and apples are a delicious snack in the afternoon for kids and adults alike, so why not stuff some chicken inside for a meal the whole family will love?

One of the classic American desserts is apple pie with a slice of cheddar cheese on top. While I’ve never been one to mix my desserts and my appetizers, I do like the occasional apple slices with cheese on top for a light, healthy snack. So when Taste of Home recommended combining those flavors inside a chicken breast, I thought it was the perfect idea. The apples gave the chicken a delicious sweet flavor and the cheese had a subtle saltiness that paired perfectly with both the chicken and the apples.

Gouda-stuffed chicken

Serves 4


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 ounces gouda cheese, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 large apples, 1 minced and 1 thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut a 2-inch pocket into the thickest part of each breast. Combine the cheese and minced apple in a bowl. Fill each breast with two tablespoons of the cheese mixture and close with a toothpick.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, salt and pepper. Dredge each breast in the flour mixture.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet and brown chicken for about two minutes per side. Place skillet in oven and cook for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
  5. While the chicken cooks, heat the broth and cider in a medium skillet over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for about 15 minutes. Stir in the sliced apples and honey and simmer for five minutes or until apples are tender.
  6. Ladle the cider sauce and apples over each chicken breast and serve.

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