This, my friends, is not just another boring chicken recipe! These bacon wrapped stuffed chicken breasts bake up moist, juicy and cheesy. Best of all is that smoky bacon wrapped around each chicken breast! It is crisp, sweet, salty and makes an unbelievably delicious spooning sauce.
Bacon is so irresistible! And not just as a breakfast item. It will add a magical flavor to sweet and savory dishes alike. Have you ever tasted bacon and onion jam? It’s delicious! How about crisp bacon crumbles on your ice cream Sunday? Yep, bacon is a magical flavor!
Our Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breasts are Stuffed With Italian Flavors:
Chicken is like a blank canvas and will assume any flavors, transforming a dish into a work of art. We are using Italian flavors as our stuffing and the blanket of bacon keeps the chicken breast moist, tender and flavorful.
We stuffed each chicken breast with Provolone cheese, fresh basil leaves and sun dried tomatoes. A bit of fresh grated garlic really ramps up the flavor.
If you have never stuffed a chicken breast and wrapped it in a blanket of bacon we are going to tell you how easy it is. We chose those big, colossal chicken breast so we could get a lot of cheese, basil leaves and sun dried tomatoes stuffed into them. Another reason to use those huge Dolly Parton chicken breasts was because small ones just could not be found.
With each chicken breast, we sliced a deep pocket in the thick side, about an inch from each end but not so deep as to go all the way through. Then we sprinkled the inside of the pockets with a mix of salt and pepper, grated garlic and chopped oregano.
Strips of Provolone were placed inside each pocket. And, Oh boy! When it is hot it gets all melty and gooey and delicious, so pack in as much as you can. Next, we added fresh basil leaves and lots of sun-dried tomatoes. We used the oil-packed tomatoes but drained them really well first to remove as much oil as possible.
The Bacon Wrapping:
This is the only part of this recipe that gets a little tricky. The idea is to wrap the chicken breast completely with the bacon. Whatever technique you use is acceptable and if you need a few toothpicks to hold it together, go for it! Use kitchen scissors to snip off any of the excess bacon slices. Each huge chicken breast may take two or three strips of bacon to wrap it completely.
Place the wrapped chicken breasts on a baking sheet, brush them with warm honey and bake them crisp and toasty.
Baking Times For The Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breasts:
Baking time and temperature will vary according to the size of the chicken breasts. Also, any time under the broiler should be considered as part of the required baking time and not ‘extra’ time which may result in dry over-baked chicken.
To bake large, 12-ounce or more, chicken breasts bake at a hot temperature, 400°F for just 20-25 minutes check that the internal temperature is 165˚F (74˚C).
Our large stuffed chicken breasts are actually a two-serving size. They baked in a hot 400°F oven for 22 minutes then we crisped them under the broiler for another three or four minutes. A small chicken breast will need time and temperature adjustments. Internal temperature for large or small should reach 165°F.
If you are using small 4-6 ounce chicken breasts bake at 350°F (177˚C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature is 165˚F (74˚C). To crisp up the bacon, broil for 3 or 4 minutes, after they have baked for 25 minutes.
The juices from the chicken and the drippings from the bacon make the most incredibly flavorful sauce to spoon over the bacon wrapped stuffed chicken breasts.
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For the Sauce:
Preheat oven to 400°
For the Sauce:
Serving Size 1/2 Chicken Breast
Amount Per ServingCalories 384 Total Fat 18.1g Saturated Fat 5.7g Cholesterol 152mg Sodium 785mg Carbohydrates 2.4g Fiber .9g Sugar .1g Protein 50.2g