As I’ve said before, I love bacon and if I can include it in something, I will. I love it. And who doesn’t like things wrapped in the delicious goodness that is bacon? Not me! This is a delicious dinner recipe that incorporates a whole lot of bacon, so how could I possibly resist. It was super easy and to be honest I kind of made it up as I went, but it turned out so well I think I’m going to have to make it again.
I find stuffed chicken a really easy thing to make and you can put pretty much anything you want inside, and that kind of customization isn’t an option in a lot of recipes. Although I love to cook and eat good food, let’s be honest, I’m kind of lazy. So anything that requires just a little bit of prep and then sits in the oven until it’s finished is totally up my ally. For this recipe I chose a spinach and cheese mix but you can really do whatever you fancy and let me know how it goes!
60g of Spinach (I had a bit of mixture leftover)
Handful of grated cheese
4 bacon slices (you can use more or less depending on the size of your chicken breast)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat up a dry pan and dump the spinach in, stirring occasionally until it’s reduced to a small handful of damp spinach (sounds lovely, I know). Meanwhile grate your cheese, and if you’ve already got pre-grated cheese put it in a bowl and get ready to mix. When the spinach is done, mix the two together– the hot spinach will melt the cheese so just stir until it’s a nice gooey mixture.
2. Butterfly the chicken breast so it opens a bit like a book and then add some garlic powder and salt and pepper to the inside of the chicken. Put in as much of the spinach and cheese mixture as you like, but if it’s too stuffed it’ll be hard to wrap the bacon around the outside.
3. When you’ve stuffed the chicken breast take a piece of bacon and place it under the chicken and begin wrapping, starting a new one where the old one ends until it’s completely covered. At this point you might benefit from having some toothpicks handy to help hold it together, but if you don’t it’s fine, I managed without them.
4. Put it in the oven and bake it for about 20 minutes. At this point everything should be cooked through, but you might want to stick it under the grill for a few minutes to crisp up the bacon. If you don’t have a grill putting it in a pan with a bit of oil for a few minutes should do the trick.
I’d love to know what you all put inside your stuffed chicken and if you season it with anything interesting. I’m always down for learning how to improve my recipes!