Basil Halloumi Chicken

Have you ever had halloumi?

I think it may be my new favorite cheese. And I LOVE cheese.

If you’ve never tried halloumi before, the best way I can describe it is as a cross between feta and mozzarella.

Need I say more?

It also has a very high melting point so you can actually grill or broil it, which is where the flavor of this delicious cheese really shines.

I made this salad:

Watermelon Halloumi Salad

For another publication a while back, and honestly? I have no idea why I’ve not been using halloumi on the regular since.

I plan on righting that wrong immediately.

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Starting with this easy, delicious dinner – which is a classic “dinner irl” recipe – one pan, minimal fuss and simple-yet-festive enough for a weeknight OR special guests.

Disclosure: In my haste to get this meal on the table (#foodbloggerproblems) I forgot to take pictures of the finished dish with the basil puree drizzled over.

My bad.

Have you used halloumi? What’s your favorite way to cook with it?

Basil-Halloumi Chicken
from BuzzFeed

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (3 pieces)
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2/3 cup olive oil, divided
3 teaspoons salt, divided
3 teaspoons pepper, divided
1 large bunch basil
(1) 8-ounce block halloumi cheese
3 garlic cloves
juice from half a lemon

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees; line a baking pan with foil.

Place the chicken, tomatoes, 1/3 cup olive oil and 2 teaspoons each salt and pepper into a large ziploc bag. Toss till everything is evenly coated and pour onto your baking sheet. Slice the halloumi and set aside.

Place the largest of your basil leaves in a single layer atop the chicken and top with the halloumi. Bake for 15 minutes; turn the oven to broil and cook till the cheese is golden brown (start watching carefully after 2 minutes). Turn oven back to 350 degrees and transfer chicken to a serving plate covered loosely with foil. Cook the tomatoes for 10 more minutes; remove from oven and add to plate with chicken.

Meanwhile place the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper, along with the garlic and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and blend for 30 seconds. Add the rest of the basil leaves and process till smooth. Spoon over chicken and tomatoes and serve immediately.

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