I am always looking for new ways to cook chicken, and when I saw a few recipes floating around for Bacon Wrapped Baked Chicken, I knew I had to give it a try. I followed a recipe I saw on Pinterest from Artsy Fartsy Mama.
Start by lining a cookie sheet with foil, place your boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the foil, cover with plastic wrap, and then use a mallet to take out your aggression from the day, and beat the chicken until it’s thin
Place a layer of bacon, about 3 strips on the foil. The original recipe I followed also had 2 strips going the opposing way, but I thought I’d take a short cut and slice my bacon, and just use 3 strips. (*NOTE: I cannot tolerate under-cooked bacon. I changed things up a bit to ensure that my bacon got thoroughly cooked and crispy.) Sprinkle the chicken with some salt and pepper, then add a dollop of cream cheese onto the chicken, and top it off with some shredded cheese.
Wrap the bacon around your chicken. Now, here is where mine got interesting. I was able to secure the ends with toothpicks to keep it closed and tight. There were gaps because I was trying to use less bacon, but realized I needed more. SO, I added small slices around, and placed any extra on the sheet to cook as well. It was all fine until I needed to turn the chicken over at the halfway point, and the loose pieces were coming off. I’ve got to think about how I want to do this the next time. I’m still afraid the bacon won’t get cooked enough if I wrap it completely.
You can see from the finished product things got a bit messy – which is why the foil is important As I mentioned before, I like my bacon WELL DONE, and my chicken too. I cooked it longer than the recipe called for to get the bacon completely cooked, and the kids were starving. I served them theirs, then cut mine in half and cooked it a few more minutes.
This is a closeup of what the finished product looked like, and it was a huge success, everyone loved it. I served it with Broccoli and Corn on the Cob.
- Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, turn over and cook for 30 more minutes. May cook longer or turn on broiler briefly if you need to brown up your bacon.
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