Roasted chicken breasts with feta, lemon and herbs = perfect roast chicken breasts

February 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

There is nothing more disappointing than cutting into a dry chicken breast, quite frankly, it makes me ballistic! I prefer buying them with the skin and bone on to keep ‘em moist, succulent and flavourful. Stuffing butter under the skin of a whole chicken works wonders for a roast. Now imagine stuffing feta, lemon zest and juice, fresh herbs, loads garlic and olive under the breasts’ skin? Yes, just how you are imagining it in your mind right now, is how it tastes! It’s a flavour explosion. The meat is tender from the lemon and olive oil, and the skin so irresistably crispy! 

 This is so do-able in the week: when you get home from work quickly prepare the breasts in 5 minutes flat and bung them into the oven for exactly 40 minutes..not a minute longer. This usually allows me time to feed Charlie – our demanding cat, give the puglets some attention, have a quick shower to wash off any fried onion smells from work, get into my comfy clothes, make a cuppa tea and plonk onto the couch to flick through some channels, avoiding Paula aka”Ya’ll” like the plague and resort to reading my current book ( a slightly freakish, “Cleaving” by Julie Powell) until the buzzer goes off. It’s vital that you allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Meanwhile, whip up some wilted spinach and couscous and there you have it, a stress free utterly delicious and satisfying supper!


You will need:

Serves 2


2 large free range chicken breasts


1 feta wheel, crumbled

a few sprigs of basil or Italian parsely or both, chopped

juice and zest of 1 lemon

black pepper

30 ml olive oil

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Wash and dry the chicken with paper towel. Loosen(but not break) the skin.

Combine the stuffing ingredients together to form a crumbly paste.

Gently push a generous amount of stuffing under the skin of each breast. Place onto a baking tray. NOTE: at this stage you could add some par-boiled thinly sliced potatoes in the tray, cover with rack and place breasts on top. The tatoes will get all the flavours from the chicken.

Rub with a little more olive oil and season with just freshly ground black pepper as the feta is salty already.

Roast for 40 minutes.

Serve on a bed of wilted baby spinach with roasted potatoes, couscous or mashed potatoes.


If you prefer chicken breast fillets:

With a bit of butter and oil in a hot pan, brown the breasts briefly on both sides, top each breast with the stuffing and roast in a 200 degree oven for 10 minutes, not a minute longer k? If you do it this way, you will never have a dry chicken breast again! Without a topping? Roast for 8 minutes.




A fresh summery “roast” in 40 minutes!


Have a great weekend all!


C xx

17 responses to Roasted chicken breasts with feta, lemon and herbs = perfect roast chicken breasts

  1. Now that, Carey, is brilliant – can’t wait to try it! I always buy skinless, boneless chicken breasts – not anymore!

  2. I agree with you, chicken on the bone cooks better, people forget the bones conduct the heat. This looks very tasty, I must try it. Looking forward to meeting you at the Indaba, the country bumpkin comes to town!

  3. I agree, the chicken breasts with bone an dskin intact is just so much more flavorsome. Love the idea of stuffing them. Fresh and summery I like that a lot!!

  4. thanks Zab, we make this often and I try different stuffings, jewelled couscous, chicken liver pate, sauteed mushrooms, rosemary and creamed cheese! It will change your life and make your fam really happy!x

  5. thanks! love the flavours of salty feta, tart lemon and fresh herbs! Likewise on meeting you too!

  6. thanks Nins! x

  7. You have hit the nail on the head here – awesome recipe Carey – me thinks i shall have to make these cos they will fit into my diet – i just wont eat the skin!!!! Great recipe Carey xxx jan

  8. Oh Yum!! Def gonna add this to my list of recipes to try… nom nom… nice fork!

  9. Yummy chicken!
    Glad Im not the only one who cant stand ol’ Paula’s Y’all – Let have a Party… bluh! :)

  10. Yum. That’s all.

  11. Brilliant recipe – stunning flavours! Can’t wait to try it!

  12. That sounds absolutely delicious! Have lots of recipes to try when my hubby gets back..I don’t cook for myself!

  13. You and I think along the same lines :)

  14. thanks Jan xx Good luck with the diet! although your food has been very healthy lately, so you must be doing great!

  15. thanks! she really gives me a cramp!I wish they would just can the show altogether!

  16. What a coincidence that I saw that same recipe on The Barefoot Contessa on the Foodnetwork only recently.

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