Stuffed chicken breast


I love chicken, you can cook it in so many ways and it’s used in so many cuisines.  I’m usually putting it into curries, fajitas or stir-fry and serve it with rice, pasta or potatoes but when I’m not making a large meal out of it I’m making a sandwich.

To make this all you need is a couple of chicken breasts, something to fill them with and some bacon to wrap it all up.  If you want to you can top it with a little grated cheese near the end of the cooking, coloured cheddar is a good choice.

Method

  1. Slice the chicken breast down the middle but don’t cut all the way through as you only need to make a pocket for the stuffing.  If you can’t make a pocket in it then just slice it in two leaving one edge intact to allow you to open the breast out and fold it back over later.
  2. Prepare your stuffing using a selection from
      • garlic, butter and herbs
      • chopped mushrooms and onions lightly fried in soy sauce (serve with rice)
      • chopped peppers, spring onions and herbs cooked or drizzled in olive oil
      • selection of cheeses
  3. Fill the pocket or place the stuffing in the middle of one half then wrap the other half of the chicken breast over the top
  4. brush the chicken breast in olive oil
  5. then wrap them in bacon or ham
  6. I find the easiest way to do it is line up the bacon on a board and place the chicken upside down on top of the bacon then fold the bacon over it or roll it.  You can either use cocktail sticks to hold the bacon in place, wrap it in string to hold it in place, or do what I do and place the chicken in the oven dish so that the ends of the bacon are below it.
  7. Bake the for around 20-30 minutes at Gas 6/204°C/400°F until cooked.
  8. If you want to add cheese, add it in the last 5-10 minutes by sprinkling it over the top of the bacon.  It’ll provide a lovely blanket of melted cheese on top of each portion.

Once cooked remove it from the oven and either serve as whole portions or cut it into slices.  You can use it for sandwiches when sliced cold or serve it with some pasta and a white or mushroom sauce.

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