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.
This recipe is partying at:
- Chicken Recipe Round Up