Monday, June 10, 2013

Smokey Bacon, Cheese & Potato Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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I know...

Sometimes you feel like some splurging, yes?  I know... but if you're anything like me you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen to make something spectacular!!  This was seriously so easy to put together, and it was out of this world delicious!!

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You have the bacon (you know, entirely in its own food group), then add in the Smokey Gouda cheese plus potatoes...
And then just because we can, we rub them with Smokey Paprika and then wrap it with even more bacon!!  Yes, yes, trust me - delicious!  The chicken is so moist and flavorful, I think it's because it's nestled in that magical bacon.  Then you take your first bite of the stuffing?  Oh heaven's to Betsy!  Smokey, cheesy goodness!!

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Your entire family will love you, no seriously I am not joking, they will crown you, they will buy you jewelry, allow you to watch TV or read a book uninterrupted or even present you with a bowl of ice cream... 
Okay, let's be realistic, hopefully they will do the dishes!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 35 minutes
Cook time: 55-65 minutes
Yield: 6 adult servings

Ingredients:
2 medium potatoes cooked
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (still slightly frozen, makes for easier cutting)
1 lb bacon
1 cup Smoked Gouda cheese, grated (or cheese of your choice)
2 tsp. Dried minced onion
1/4 tsp. Smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. Salt
Good cranks of pepper

Rub:
2 tsp. Smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. Salt

Directions:
-Open your package of bacon and reserve 6 slices and set aside.  Dice the remaining bacon and fry till crisp.

-As bacon is frying, grate your cheese and add to the bowl of cooked, mashed down potatoes.


-Add your bacon and spices, mix well till incorporated, set aside.


-Rinse and dry your chicken breasts.  Using the larger part of the side of the chicken breasts, make a 2 to 2-1/2" deep slit, forming a pocket.  Do not go all the way through the chicken.


-Preheat your oven to 375F.  Pre-spray a 13 X 9 baking pan, set aside.

-Stuff your chicken breasts with 2-3 good tablespoons to start.  You want to make sure all the chicken has some stuffing.  Then you can always go back and stuff them evenly some more. Use it all up, the stuffing will not leak out, trust me... I wouldn't steer you wrong.


-Once the breasts have been stuffed, rub them on all sides with the Smoked rub.  Is it just me or did that really read funny strange...
*Didi looking around the room*


-Okay, let's take 1 strip of that amazing bacon and wrap around the stuffed chicken breast.  You want to concentrate on the stuffing part, that is what will prevent the stuffing from leaking out without using toothpicks or skewers.  I know!!  I surprise myself sometimes too!!


-Lay the first stuffed chicken breast into the pan, continue with the rest.

-You want them snug and touching each other if possible.  Again, this will ensure the stuffing stays in place.


-Bake for 55-65 minutes covered for the first 30 minutes.  If there are juices in the pan when you uncover them after 30 minutes, drain most of it and return pan to oven for the remainder of the cooking time.  Chicken is cooked when the internal temperature is 165F.

-Let rest for a few minutes so the chicken remains nice and moist, and then serve with your favorite side.  I love a nice salad and crusty bread... 

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Of course I do!!  Easy right?  I know, trust me! I also have to tell you, it's seriously delicious!!

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi

24 comments :

  1. I am drooling! Do you think I could use turkey bacon in these?

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    1. Hi Precious!! So very easy my friend and yes, absolutely turkey bacon should work just fine. I don't know if they will crisp up the same way, but the taste is what your looking for!!

      Let me know!!♥

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  2. LOL...I love the part about my family crowning me and buying me jewelry! This sounds so good! I love smokey, cheesey foods! And the potatoes just puts it over the top! I never thought to use it in a stuffing! I love it! Great post sweet Didi! =D

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    1. LOl, I like to be realistic and all! *wink*

      Very easy as you can see my friend!!♥

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    1. Thank you Lois!! Very easy my freind!♥

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  4. Oh Didi.. Again.. you've managed to take me to the tips of heaven.. Cant wait to give this a shot.. Gonna have to think on it since I buy thin half breasts or I may just have to go splurge and get large breastacles and do as directed. ;) You're the Bomb, Girl! ♥

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    1. Kimmie, seriously very good and moist!! Hubby took some for lunch the next day and he said it was delicious even warmed in the microwave!

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  5. Omg this is just what I want to make this week and got to email to my babygirl she looks chicken breast recipes. Yumm and such a beautiful pic.

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    1. Thank you Jamie, so very, very easy!!

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  6. Oh this looks amazing! I have to try this!

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  7. Yummo!!! This looks amazingly good...and I've got the stuff to make it!! Geez, hubby is going to be really spoiled cause I've been making dinner every day...he's going to love this one!!!
    Thanks Didi-Love!!

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    1. LOL, Jan, hubby is in his glory these days...

      Thank you so much my friend!! ♥

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  8. Brilliant Didi. Love comeing here to see what you're up to. This dish is just too good for words, so I'll offer a big mmmmmm.

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    1. Linda dolly, we can share 1 breast between the two of us and a few glasses of wine...
      Oh yes, and let's not forget the bread!!♥

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  9. Those look incredible Didi! The salad looks great, too! What time is dinner?? ;)

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  10. Can you also add spring onion along with the mashed potatoe cheese and bacon or with it over do it???

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    1. I think the addition of spring onion is a genius addition Ivet Sanchez!

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  11. That is wonderful Didi! I love the bacon idea!!!

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    1. Thank you so much my Kecia!! Every once in a while, I get it right!! ;-)

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  12. Made this earlier.. was beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much for coming back and letting us know!!

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