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Cheese-stuffed chicken breast with avocado and chilli salsa

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 1
From Ready Steady Cook


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. Using a sharp knife, cut a pocket lengthways into the thickest part of the breast. Stuff the pocket with the cheese and fresh thyme and season the breast with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat and add the crushed garlic. Fry for one minute then add the chicken breast and fry until golden-brown. Turn the breast over and transfer to the oven to roast for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.

  4. For the basil oil, place the olive oil and fresh basil leaves into a food processor and blend until smooth.

  5. For the salsa, finely chop the avocado into small cubes and place into a bowl. Sprinkle over the chopped chilli and squeeze over the lime juice.

  6. To serve, place the chicken onto a warmed plate. Add a spoonful of the salsa and drizzle the fresh basil oil around the edge of the plate.


  • 1 chicken breast
  • 30g/1oz Emmental cheese, grated
  • sprig fresh thyme
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the basil oil

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • small bunch fresh basil leaves

For the salsa

  • ½ avocado, peeled and stone removed
  • ½ red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juice only

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