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Bacon Wrapped Chicken January 29, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurenzo @ 12:05 pm

A few weeks ago Matt and I went to a friends house to watch the Giants vs Packers. Not only was it an awesome game but we spent time with great friends and had some great food. Among that was a beer can chicken. Its a simple recipe – actually its Guy Fieri’s beer can chicken so of course it was good.   The chicken stayed so moist and the bacon gave it a smoky flavor. Matt isn’t one for spices but watching him eat this chicken like he hadn’t eaten in 3 years.. I knew that I could finally make something with flavors that I actually enjoyed and that he will actually eat!

After we left I told myself that I was definitely making that for Superbowl Sunday as it is a decently healthy, very simple and really tasty. But of course  I couldn’t wait 3 whole weeks to make it since I was craving it the second we left . So the wheels in my brain started to turn and I thought to myself there has to be a way to make this without using the whole chicken and also in less time. So I decided to try my hand at it one night for dinner. I bought 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts and a package of bacon. I already had all the necessary spices at home. So first I combined the dry ingredients and already the smell of the dried spices brought me back. I rubbed down each chicken breast generously with the spices and set them aside. I then wrapped each piece with 2 slices of bacon , securing the underside with toothpicks. A quick spray of pam in a hot skillet and I set the little birdies to brown. About 4 minutes per side was just enough and then I finished them off in a 425 degree oven for about 20 minutes. While the chicken was finishing I whipped up  a quick side of Israeli cous cous and sauteed spinach. All in all dinner was ready in 35 minutes.

The chicken came out perfect. The bacon was crisp on the outside and the chicken stayed extremely juicy and flavorful.. SUCCESS! I hope that you enjoy the recipe as much as I have and I cannot wait to make this again. I was even thinking of scrapping the entire chicken for SuperBowl Sunday and making my version instead, however the beer can chicken really is set it and forget it.. and the Giants do need my attention 🙂

I am going to share my recipe with you and if you want to check out Guy’s version you can find it on the web. I’m afraid if I post it here it might be some kind of copyright infringment and I have too much to worry about without that on my head! 😉

Ingredients:

4 Boneless , Skinless chicken breasts

8 slices of bacon

1 tsp each , garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, ground ginger, dried sage, sea salt ( or kosher salt), freshly ground black pepper.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425

combine all dry ingredients

wash the chicken under cold water and pat dry with paper towels

rub each chicken breast with the spice mix and set to the side

wrap each chicken breast with 2 slices of bacon and secure on the underside with toothpicks

spray a skillet with non stick cooking spray and brown the chicken about 4 minutes per side

Transfer to a baking dish and finish off in the Oven about 20 minutes

Let rest for 5 minutes  and enjoy!

 

 

 

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