Kale and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Brooke Hart Modified: March 21, 2022
Kale and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Thighs Recipe

How To Make Kale and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Thighs

Bites of crisp, earthy kale, and creamy, soft goat cheese tucked in with tangy lemon, is packed into these stuffed chicken thighs for a belly-filling meal!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • cupsdino kale leaves,(from ½ bunch), finely chopped, plus more leaves for serving
  • 2tsplemon juice,fresh, if desired
  • 1tbspextra-virgin olive oil,plus 2 tsp
  • kosher salt
  • 4chicken thighs,boneless, skin-on
  • 3ozgoat cheese,(about 8 heaping tsp)
  • black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In medium bowl, add the chopped kale. Drizzle with lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of of olive oil; season with salt, then toss to distribute.

  3. Cut out eight 8-inch pieces of kitchen twine. Lay the chicken thighs flat on clean work surface with skins facing down and one of the long sides facing you. Season insides lightly with salt.

  4. Place 2 teaspoons of goat cheese in vertical line down center of each chicken thigh. Place 2 tablespoons of prepared kale vertically down center of each chicken thigh, covering goat cheese.

  5. Working one at a time, carefully roll up thighs from short ends so they almost completely cover the kale. Tie the thighs at both ends with kitchen twine; the twine should be at least 1 inch away from edges of chicken to prevent falling off during cooking, knot securely, then trim away any dangling twine pieces.

  6. Stuff any fallen pieces of kale or cheese back into thighs. Dry off outsides of thighs carefully with paper towel, then season outsides all over with salt and pepper.

  7. Preheat large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat, and add remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

  8. When the oil is hot but not yet smoking, carefully add chicken thighs skin side down to the pan, leaving plenty of room between each thigh. Let cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until skin is golden brown and thigh releases easily from pan.

  9. Using tongs, rotate each thigh one-quarter turns, cooking for 5 to 6 minutes more total, until each side is golden brown and easily releasing from pan. Turn the thighs skin side up with open parts facing down against pan.

  10. Transfer pan to oven and cook for about 10 minutes, until thighs spring back when touched and no more visible pink remains.

  11. Remove and serve immediately on bed of fresh kale leaves. Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 1035.40kcal
  • Fat: 80.00g
  • Saturated Fat: 24.62g
  • Trans Fat: 0.33g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 33.77g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 14.36g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.23g
  • Fiber: 0.79g
  • Sugar: 0.41g
  • Protein: 72.32g
  • Cholesterol: 397.84mg
  • Sodium: 1055.10mg
  • Calcium: 111.27mg
  • Potassium: 880.87mg
  • Iron: 3.79mg
  • Vitamin A: 271.62µg
  • Vitamin C: 16.37mg
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