Scrumdelicious chicken dinner and it’s super easy to make. Juicy chicken breasts stuffed with sweet apples, crispy bacon and sharp cheddar cheese.
Hungry husband: “I want bacon…”
Me: “You just want bacon or do you want dinner with bacon? Like chicken?”
HH: “Hmmm, chicken…oh, how about Chicken Kiev?”
Me: “Where does the bacon come in?”
Me: “OH, how about bacon and cheese stuffed chicken? Better yet, bacon, cheese and apple stuffed chicken?”
HH: “Oh yea!”
…And that’s how I get many dinner ideas, with the help of hubby’s cravings. He loves Chicken Kiev but there are only so many times I would make the same dish over and over. Every time I ask him what he wants for dinner, I get the same one of five favorite dishes. Those dishes are great, there is no denying, but I like variety and can’t live on the same five dishes every week. So I tend to go a whole other creative way when he asks for something I’ve made a million times, like this chicken. It’s similarly made to Chicken Kiev, except I changed the stuffing and didn’t bread the outside of the chicken. It turned out so good! Much lighter, still so juicy and so much flavor.
Apple Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Chicken
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 medium apple sweet, peeled and cored
- 10 crispy bacon strips
- 4-5 oz sharp cheddar cheese (block)
- About 2 more oz of cheese for topping grated
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Some vegetable oil for the baking dish
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Dice apples and bacon and mix it together in a bowl. Set aside a couple of bacon strips to top off the chicken in the end.
- Slice cheese into about 1/8 inch slices.
- To easily tenderize chicken, place a chicken breast in a large zip-lock bag and pound it with meat tenderizer (aka the meat hammer) on each side until thinned. Be careful not to hit it too hard so you don't have any holes in the chicken. Also, don't make it too thin or it will rip while you are trying to roll it with stuffing.
- Repeat with remaining chicken breasts, one at a time.
- Salt and pepper each chicken breast to taste.
- Place two slices of cheese in the center of chicken breast. Add some apple/bacon mixture on top of cheese. You'll have to judge how much stuffing to add by the size of the chicken. Each breast varies in size and you should be able to bring edges together with just a little overlap. Once you closed the chicken, place it in a greased baking dish (I use cast iron skillet), seam down.
- Repeat with remaining chicken. Add a little more salt and pepper on top.
- Bake chicken for 30-35 minutes.
- Spread some grated cheddar cheese on top of each chicken pocket and sprinkle some diced bacon over it.
- Bake for about 5 more minutes.
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