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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BACON-WRAPPED CHICKEN WITH TOMATO, SPINACH, FETA AND CREAM CHEESE




BACON-WRAPPED CHICKEN WITH TOMATO, SPINACH, FETA AND CREAM CHEESE

After stuffing the chicken breasts, they are sprinkled with seasoning salt and wrapped in semi-cooked bacon and baked!  Another delicious recipe to add to your repertoire.  I am certain you will enjoy it as we did.  I can't go back to boring chicken breasts.  It's fun to doctor them and make them more interesting.  Now add a couple of veggie sides and you're away to the races as they say!  Here are the veggie sides pictured in the photo.  I just know somebody is going to ask! ;)  Muenster Mushroom Sandwich Casserole and Squash Casserole to feed a Crowd.

16 slices bacon
3.3 lbs chicken breasts (1.5 kg)
  (4 large chicken breasts)
4 oz cream cheese, (125 g)
  softened
1/2 cup chopped, frozen spinach, (125 mL)
  thawed or semi-thawed
1/2 cup finely chopped tomato, OR use sun-dried tomatoes (yum!) (125 mL)
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese (125 mL)
1 tsp dried oregano (5 mL)
1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)
Montreal® Chicken seasoning, to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

In two nonstick frying pans with lids, fry 8 slices bacon in each, covered, over medium heat until the bacon is just beginning to brown slightly or until it is still very flexible.  Remove from heat.

Remove any bits of bone from chicken breasts.  Pat dry with paper towels (do not rinse…been proven too dangerous as it can spread bacteria around).  Slice longitudinally in half and not all the way through, just as though were going to butterfly the chicken breast.  Set aside.

In medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese (I usually nuke mine briefly in a covered container), spinach, tomato, Feta cheese, oregano and black pepper.  Roughly divide the filling into four.

Stuff each chicken breast with the cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle each breast on both sides with Montreal® Chicken seasoning.  Wrap each chicken breast with 4 slices of bacon.  Place in 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour (usually it is the latter time).  Cut one of the breasts open and make sure the breasts are white throughout (no pink inside).

Yield:   6 servings
1 serving
496.5 calories
77.1 g protein
17.3 g fat
0.7 g fiber
3.0 g net carbs 



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