I love a post that uses bacon, I just do. Especially when it is farm fresh, it totally makes a flavor difference in your food.
Tonight we are having chicken breasts stuffed with cheddar cheese and wrapped in our Springdell bacon. Along side of the chicken is a sweet maple cabbage.
Get this meal started by spraying a large baking dish and preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Next, you will need to make a pouch in your chicken by simply slicing the chicken. I have taken a picture (below) to help you.
After slicing all of the chicken breasts season the meat all over, including the insides of the pouches, with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stuff the pocket with your cheddar cheese. I find it easier to use a block of cheddar and slice thick pieces for stuffing.
You can see in the photo that I have placed the chicken so the cheese is facing up. If you lay the chicken down on its side, the cheese will all slide out as it melts in the oven. As an additional safety I use a toothpick to “seal” each of them closed before baking them.
Now, the most flavorful part comes next, wrapping it in the bacon. I used 2 slices of bacon per chicken breast but it depends on the size chicken you are working with.
Cover the dish tightly with foil and place it into the oven for 35-45 minutes. Check your chicken with a meat thermometer to assure the chicken is cooked throughout.
This time in the oven is plenty to set the table and prepare the rest of your meal. I chose to have a maple cabbage. In my house we are all cabbage lovers, although we don’t call it cabbage, it’s just “cooked leaves” if you ask our boys. Slice your cabbage and add it to a pan with some Amish Roll Butter. Cook until soft but still has a crunch to it.
Right before serving I drizzle on a bit of Ben’s Maple Syrup from the farm stand.
Just a drizzle will do.
When the chicken comes out of the oven don’t forget to remove the toothpicks from the chicken!!!
I drain off the cooking liquid from the bottom of the pan and place the chicken under the broiler for a fer minutes just to crisp up the bacon before serving.
Talk about Yum! Enjoy!