Monday, November 9, 2009

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken



Ohhh baby- let me tell you, this is a chicken dish made for John. John has a little bit of a reputation for his love for bacon. I didn't know him while he was in college but apparently he used to eat bacon by the pound (ew...) and was known for his undying love for this salty meat. I like bacon... it's definitely good. But I certainly can't eat a pound of it! I had bought a package of center cut bacon a few weeks ago and I wanted to finally use it so I whipped this up with what I had on hand. It was excellent. It's also surprisingly low-fat considering it's wrapped in bacon. Center cut bacon has 40% less fat than regular bacon. Plus two slices will wrap the whole breast so a little bit goes a long way.

We both loved this chicken. I would consider grilling it next time to give it another element of flavor. My only issue was that the bacon didn't crisp up enough for my liking. It didn't look cooked enough to me when the chicken was fully cooked. To solve this I just unwrapped it, microwaved the bacon, and rewrapped. I put some thought into it and I think it I had cooked the bacon in a skillet for a couple minutes prior to wrapping it I'd have had more success. My directions result this change. Give it a shot- it was some mighty tasty chicken!

Source: Stephanie Cooks Original

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
4 slices of center cut bacon
1/2 cup of barbecue sauce
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Black pepper

Directions:
1- Lay the bacon in a skillet and cook over medium heat for approximately 3 minutes, just until it begins to cook and gain some color. Be sure it doesn't begin to curl up, you want it to stay flat. Remove the bacon and set aside.
2- Season each breast with garlic and onion powder. Add some black pepper to each breast.
3- Starting at one end of the breast, wrap the bacon around tightly. Use the other piece of bacon to continue wrapping the breast. Repeat for the second breast.
4- Turn the oven on to broil. Set the chicken under the broiler for 3 minutes. Flip the chicken and allow it to broil another 2 minutes.
5- Remove it from the oven and turn the heat down to 400. Slather both sides in BBQ sauce. Return to the oven- cook until chicken is cooked through.

2 comments:

  1. Made this tonight with turkey bacon- so good!

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  2. Just made this tonight. Delicious!!
    Courtney

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