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Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

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Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 4
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Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Bacon-wrapped chicken breasts are stuffed with so much cheese and pesto, you won't believe your face.

Ingredients

4
chicken breasts
2
cups arugula
1
cup basil leaves
3
cloves garlic
1/4
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/3
cup extra virgin olive oil
1
(8 ounce) block of mozzarella cheese, shredded
8
strips bacon
Salt and pepper

Directions

  • 1 Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • 2 Place chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap and pound each out until thin. Set aside.
  • 3 In a food processor, combine the arugula, basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. With the motor running, add the oil in a thin stream until you get a pesto consistency.
  • 4 Evenly dollop the pesto in the center of each chicken breast, evenly sprinkle with cheese, and roll the chicken up, pushing the sides in to keep the filling inside.
  • 5 Wrap two slices of bacon around each chicken roll and place in a lightly greased baking dish.
  • 6 Bake for 45 minutes to 75 minutes, checking to make sure your chicken is golden brown and the bacon is crispy.
  • 7 Serve immediately.
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A classic stuffed chicken dish ... but wrapped with BACON.

As prepared by Bev Cooks,

There's so much cheese in this thing, you'll flip.

I'd sort of consider this dish a classic. Chicken stuffed with mega amounts of cheese, rolled up and sealed with bacon strips, then baked until crispy, golden glory. 

But this time, I added something. Something green. Something with more cheese in it. Arugula pesto! I included about a cup of basil, lending itself to a traditional pesto flavor. But I'm telling you, that peppery arugula pesto all blended inside chicken breasts in the oven? Goodness freaking gracious. 

And there's no point going into detail about the bacon, or else we may all faint. 

Just remember, the more cheese you add, the more will ooze out of the chicken. This is a very good thing. 

Let's go!

 

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Start by pounding out some chicken breasts. This recipe calls for four, but my little chicken package only had three fillets in it, so the photos will only show three. Can you believe that? When I opened the package I was like, WHAT.

 

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

In a food processor, mix together the arugula, basil, some grated Parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper, and olive oil. You know, pesto!

 

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Then you'll just dollop the pesto in the center of each chicken breast. Top that mess with cheese. More cheese. Lil' bit more. There you go. You almost can't even see the pesto. This is because of the cheese happiness you bestowed on the chicken just now. 

 

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Then roll it up, pressing the filling back in on the sides. It will want to squish out. Don't let it! 

Then wrap a couple of strips of bacon around each chicken roll. 

 

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Arrange them in a lightly greased baking dish. Slide them into a hot oven for about an hour! You'll want the bacon to crisp up and the chicken to get nice and golden brown.

 

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Just look! Mercy me.

 

Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Dinner was AMAZING. The cheese and pesto will melt out of the chicken creating this almost sauce-like mix around the chicken. Scoop it out. Serve it. Eat it!


Bev says to add more cheese. For more musings, visit her blog Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.

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