Creamy stuffed chicken

Although there’s double cream and soft cheese in this recipe, it contains fewer than 350 calories per serving

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 50g/2oz medium-fat soft cheese
  • 1 x 85g bag ready-prepared watercress, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 4 slices Parma ham
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp Marsala wine
  • 150ml/1⁄4pt chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • Crushed new potatoes and green beans to serve
  • Watercress to garnish

Mash the cheese with half the watercress and the garlic then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Use a knife to make a slit along one side of each chicken breast to make a pocket, fill with the cheese mix then wrap each one in a slice of Parma ham, tucking the loose ends of ham underneath.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the chicken and cook for 8 minutes, turning halfway through, until the ham is golden.

Pour in the Marsala, simmer for 1 minute and then stir in the stock. Cover the pan with a lid or a piece of foil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

Transfer the chicken to a plate and keep warm. Simmer the cooking juices left in the pan until they reduce to a syrup. Stir in the remaining watercress and the double cream and bring to the boil. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and season to taste.

Serve with crushed potatoes and green beans, with a sprig of watercress on the side.

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