I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts which I pounded flat after soaking in the brine. I don't think the brine was necessary with the chicken. It made it a little on the salty side. The children didn't really enjoy this, even though I diced the onions so they wouldn't know they were in there! lol DH and I really enjoyed it and I think this would be a great company dinner. I was concerned that there wasn't more seasoning and the goat cheese mixture would be bland, boy was I wrong! It makes for a very flavorful little dish and the cheese didn't escape as I thought it might on the grill. I did use a white wine to deglaze the pan rather than water.