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Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 4

Bacon-wrapped chicken breasts stuffed with cheese and pesto are an easy and delicious dinner. MORE + LESS -

Bev Cooks
March 7, 2017

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 oz) block of mozzarella cheese, shredded
8
strips bacon
Salt and pepper

Steps

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  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap and pound each out until thin. Set aside.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    Wrap two slices of bacon around each chicken roll and place in a lightly greased baking dish.
  • 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. Serve immediately.
 

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
640
Calories from Fat
380
% Daily Value
Total Fat
42g
65%
Saturated Fat
14g
68%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
160mg
53%
Sodium
850mg
35%
Potassium
520mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
5g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
2g
Protein
59g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
50%
50%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 6 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 6 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • There's so much cheese in these Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts, 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. 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!

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