Chicken Roulade with Goat Cheese and Dates

Chicken Roulade with Goat Cheese and Dates

Boneless chicken breasts slathered with a mixture of goat cheese and dates, then rolled up and sliced
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword chicken roulade, easy dinner recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 362 kcal
Author Adapted from Holiday Diabetic Recipes (2011) from the editors of Diabetic Living


  • 2 tablespoons pitted whole dates chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1½ pounds total)
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese chèvre
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Place dates in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand 5 minutes so they will get plump.
  2. Heat a small nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add almonds and stir until toasted, just a few minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place chicken breasts on a cutting board, smooth side down. Cover with plastic wrap and pound to ¼-inch thickness (or as thin as you can). Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  5. Drain water from dates. Combine dates with goat cheese, almonds, and thyme; mix well. Spread each chicken breast with ¼ of the goat cheese mixture. (Don’t go all the way to the edges.) Starting at the narrow end, roll the chicken breasts up and secure with kitchen twine or wooden toothpicks.
  6. Heat olive oil in ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add chicken rolls and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes total. You don’t want the chicken to cook, you just want it to get brown on the outside. Turn chicken pieces so the seam side is down and bake for 15 minutes or so until the chicken is cooked through.
  7. Combine honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. Brush mixture over chicken and bake an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove twine/toothpicks, slice rolls and serve immediately.