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Chicken and goats' cheese traybake


Serves: 4-6
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:
Chicken and goats' cheese traybake
Recipe photograph by Karen Thomas

Chicken and goats' cheese traybake

This mouthwatering sweet and smoky dish is sure to wow your guests. Best of all, it’s super easy!

Serves: 4-6
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
453Kcal
Fat
27gr
Saturates
10gr
Carbs
14gr
Sugars
8gr
Fibre
4gr
Protein
37gr
Salt
1.8gr

Anna Glover

Anna Glover

Anna is our former Creative Food Editor, and a cookery writer and food stylist. She loves a challenge and is known for whipping up interesting flavour combinations. She’s still in search of the best pizza in the world 
See more of Anna Glover’s recipes
Anna Glover

Anna Glover

Anna is our former Creative Food Editor, and a cookery writer and food stylist. She loves a challenge and is known for whipping up interesting flavour combinations. She’s still in search of the best pizza in the world 
See more of Anna Glover’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash (about 800g), peeled, deseeded and cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sage, finely chopped
  • 1 x 125g log soft goats’ cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 5 sprigs of rosemary, 4 for the chicken and 1 finely chopped for the goats' cheese
  • 6 skin-on and bone-in chicken thighs
  • ½ x 250g pack smoked bacon lardons

Step by step

Get ahead
Stuff the chicken thighs with the cheese mixture a few hours before cooking and chill. Prepare the squash and mix with oil and herbs, cover, up to a few hours ahead.
  1. Heat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Toss the squash wedges with 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon chopped sage and some seasoning. Tip onto a baking tray and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Mash the goats’ cheese, garlic, the remaining tablespoon of chopped sage and the chopped rosemary with some salt and pepper in a bowl with a fork.
  3. Lift the skin from the chicken thighs to make a pocket between the flesh and skin, then push some of the cheese mixture into the pocket and squash down, smoothing it out underneath. Season the skin well.
  4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a nonstick frying pan and fry the bacon lardons for a few minutes until golden brown. Scoop out of the pan, leaving the oil.
  5. Fry the chicken thighs skin-side down for 6-8 minutes until golden. Turn over gently (don’t worry if a little cheese falls out) and cook for another 2 minutes, transfer to the baking tray between the squash wedges, then scatter over the bacon. Pour any juices over from the pan and tuck in 4 rosemary sprigs.
  6. Cook for another 25 minutes in the oven until the chicken is cooked through and the squash is tender. When dishing up, spoon any cheese that has escaped back over. Serve with crispy potatoes or mash and greens.

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