Feta Basil Lemon Chicken

Feta Basil Lemon Chicken is made with a flavorful, tangy mixture of feta and cream cheeses, lemon, basil, and garlic. It's creamy and zippy with every bite! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Do you like feta cheese? If so, you will love this recipe for Feta Basil Lemon Chicken.

I’m confessing my love for feta cheese right now.

I DO! I LOVE FETA CHEESE!

I can’t help it. I always have been in love with feta since the first time I tried it. Feta cheese is a well-known Greek cheese that has a rich, tangy taste that adds loads of flavor to any dish. I was so pleased to find out that feta is one of the healthiest cheeses you can buy. It’s rare to find a cheese low in calories with so much flavor. Feta can satisfy your cheese craving without it going straight to your hips. When purchasing feta cheese, I highly recommend that you by it in chunk form and preferably in a brine. Believe it or not buying it in chunk form is cheaper and more flavorful than crumbled feta cheese. ~ I am really into Président Feta lately. It’s really creamy and flavorful.

A few weeks ago when I made the Corn Zucchini Orzo Salad, I was inspired to create this delicious Feta Basil Lemon Chicken. I love the way the flavors mesh together in the cheese stuffing. It’s made with a flavorful and tangy mixture of feta and cream cheeses, lemon, basil, and garlic. It’s creamy and zippy with every bite. Besides the flavor, the feta cheese keeps the chicken moist during cooking, which is an added bonus for using it.

Here’s how I made it:

Feta Basil Lemon Chicken is made with a flavorful, tangy mixture of feta and cream cheeses, lemon, basil, and garlic. It's creamy and zippy with every bite! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Feta Basil Lemon Chicken | Servings: 2 | Time: 35 Minutes

  • 1 whole boneless-skinless split chicken breast
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 5-10 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • Kosher and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • extra basil and lemon wedges, for serving (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a small sheet pan with foil or parchment.

Butterfly the chicken breasts, by cutting a pocket horizontally three-quarters of the way through the thickest side of each chicken breast; set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, feta, lemon zest and juice, garlic and basil. Mix well.

Fill each chicken breast with half of the cheese mixture. Close the breast around the cheese mixture and secure with toothpicks, if needed. Smear any extra stuffing over the outside of the chicken and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Feta Basil Lemon Chicken is made with a flavorful, tangy mixture of feta and cream cheeses, lemon, basil, and garlic. It's creamy and zippy with every bite! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Place the breasts on the prepared sheet pan. Bake in the oven about 20 to 25 minutes or until done.

Feta Basil Lemon Chicken is made with a flavorful, tangy mixture of feta and cream cheeses, lemon, basil, and garlic. It's creamy and zippy with every bite! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Let stand 5 minutes. Discard wooden picks and serve with lemon wedges and extra basil.

Feta Basil Lemon Chicken is made with a flavorful, tangy mixture of feta and cream cheeses, lemon, basil, and garlic. It's creamy and zippy with every bite! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Note: If the cheese oozes out make sure you don’t leave it on the pan… it’s way too good to leave behind!

Feta Basil Lemon Chicken is made with a flavorful, tangy mixture of feta and cream cheeses, lemon, basil, and garlic. It's creamy and zippy with every bite! | TheMountainKitchen.com

This chicken was just as good as I imagined it would be. The flavors of the feta, basil and lemon are so good together. I’m practically drooling to have this on my plate again. I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

What’s your favorite feta cheese recipe? I’d love to try it. Comment below!

 

Feta Basil Lemon Chicken is made with a flavorful, tangy mixture of feta and cream cheeses, lemon, basil, and garlic. It's creamy and zippy with every bite! | TheMountainKitchen.com
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Feta Basil Lemon Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Feta Basil Lemon Chicken is made with a flavorful, tangy mixture of feta and cream cheeses, lemon, basil, and garlic. It's creamy and zippy with every bite!
Course: Main Course
Servings: 2
Author: Debbie Spivey
Ingredients
  • 1 whole boneless-skinless split chicken breast
  • ¼ cup cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 5-10 fresh basil leaves julienned
  • Kosher and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • extra basil and lemon wedges for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a small sheet pan with foil or parchment.
  2. Butterfly the chicken breasts, by cutting a pocket horizontally three-quarters of the way through the thickest side of each chicken breast; set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, feta, lemon zest and juice, garlic and basil. Mix well.
  4. Fill each chicken breast with half of the cheese mixture. Close the breast around the cheese mixture and secure with toothpicks, if needed. Smear any extra stuffing over the outside of the chicken and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  5. Place the breasts on the prepared sheet pan. Bake in the oven about 20 to 25 minutes or until done.
  6. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard wooden picks and serve with lemon wedges and extra basil.
Recipe Notes

If the cheese oozes out make sure you don’t leave it on the pan… it’s way too good to leave behind!

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