Jalapeno Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken
March 16, 2014
Categories: Dinner, Main Dish, Pork, Bacon, Poultry, Chicken, Vegetables, Mexican, North American, Easy/Beginner Cooking, Entertaining, Fall/Autumn, Father's Day, Sunday Dinner, Weeknight Meals, Hand Mix/Whisk, Oven Bake, High Protein, Low Carbohydrate, Processed Cheese, Hot Peppers, Boneless Pieces, Spicy more
"These are so delicious; and, not difficult to make. Perfect to entertain with, or for a Sunday dinner. If you like jalapeno poppers ... this for you. Crispy bacon, and a spicy creamy center. I like to serve this along side a citrus rice and a salad."
- Serving Size: 1 (297 g)
- Calories 511.6
- Total Fat - 22.6 g
- Saturated Fat - 8.9 g
- Cholesterol - 168.6 mg
- Sodium - 922 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 9 g
- Dietary Fiber - 2 g
- Sugars - 4.2 g
- Protein - 64.1 g
- Calcium - 289.1 mg
- Iron - 2.6 mg
- Vitamin C - 115.3 mg
- Thiamin - 0.4 mg
Chicken ... First, let the chicken rest on the counter to take the chill off - it will be much easier to pound. Place the chicken breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, or in a plastic ziploc bag. Then, using a meat mallet, rolling pin, or a heavy pot, pound the chicken until it is about 1/4" thick. You do NOT want the chicken to tear, so go slowly; but, you do want a thin piece of chicken.
Filling ... Add the 2 cheeses, scallions, and jalapenos, to a bowl; and mix to combine. Make sure the ingredients are at room temperature.
Stuffing the Chicken ... Lay out the pounded chicken breasts, and season with salt and pepper. Spread with the cheese mixture; then, sprinkle with the bread crumbs. Don't spread the cheese to close to the edges, about 1/2" - otherwise, it will just ooze out once it is rolled. Then roll up the chicken and season with salt and pepper.
Bacon ... Lay out 3 or 4 slices of bacon, a little over lapping right next to one another lining them up. Then, place the chicken at one end; and roll. Depending on how big the chicken breast is, you may need 3-4 slices. The bacon should cover the entire chicken breast. It is ok if the bacon overlaps a bit. You cook the chicken seam side down, so no need to secure the bacon with a toothpick.
Bake ... Place the bacon wrapped chicken seam side down on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet. Bake on the middle shelf for 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of the roll), at 400 degrees, until the bacon is crisp and golden brown. If you are not sure if the chicken is done; test with a meat thermometer - the temperature should be 165 degrees. I usually take it out just shy of 165, as it will continue to cook as it rests. Remove the chicken from the oven to a serving platter, and cover with foil to rest. You want it to rest a good 5 minutes before slicing.
Serve and ENJOY! ... You can slice the breasts and service family style; or, serve 1 breast per person. A citrus rice is a nice side; as you want something fresh and light to match with the rich and spicy chicken. A salad is always a good side as well.
Tips & Variations
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