Stuffing a boneless, skinless chicken breast with something delicious and then wrapping it in bacon is never a bad thing. It turns a super boring, please-wake-me-up-when-it's-over piece of poultry into an exciting entree that's sure to impress. The key to this technique is keeping the knife still while creating a nice big pocket in the chicken. It is, truly, a method for all seasons.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

For the Stuffing:

For the Rest:

Directions

  • Melt butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Add green onions, jalapeno, garlic, and salt. Cook and stir until vegetables just start to soften and sweeten, 3 to 5 minutes.

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  • Transfer mixture into a mixing bowl and let cool until just barely warm, or room temperature. Sprinkle in feta cheese and parsley. Season with pepper and cayenne. Add bread crumbs and stir the stuffing until combined.

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  • Insert the tip of a knife midway along the wider edge of each breast, on the side opposite the tender. Rotate knife through the chicken to carve a pocket inside, keeping knife as still as possible so that opening stays about 2 inches wide. Push stuffing into the pockets.

  • Season outsides with salt and pepper. Wrap bacon around the chicken until it is about fully covered, tucking ends underneath. Heat olive oil in an oven-proof pan. Add the chicken breasts and any extra stuffing.

  • Roast in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the centers reads at least 155 degrees F (68 degrees C), about 30 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice into the pan, scrape up the browned bits from the bottom, and spoon sauce over the chicken.

Chef's Note:

Use any kind of cheese and fresh herbs you like. Tarragon, parsley, dill, and a little thyme are all great choices, alone or combined.

Nutrition Facts

574 calories; 32.8 g total fat; 202 mg cholesterol; 1496 mg sodium. 12.1 g carbohydrates; 59.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2019
This was really good. My family loved it! I used green bell pepper instead of jalapeño because I didn't want it to be spicy. I also didn't use any salt because the bacon and feta are salty enough. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2019
This was really good. My family loved it! I used green bell pepper instead of jalapeño because I didn't want it to be spicy. I also didn't use any salt because the bacon and feta are salty enough. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2019
This was really good. My family loved it! I used green bell pepper instead of jalapeño because I didn't want it to be spicy. I also didn't use any salt because the bacon and feta are salty enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2019
By the recipe this is an outstanding flavor combination that all will enjoy and it's easy to prepare in advance and cook up serving a crowd with little apparent effort! If you're concerned about too hot jalapeños just remove the seeds...served this with asparagus and mashed potatoes my mouth is watering just typing about it! YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2019
I did not add the bread crumbs and used one 15 oz breast otherwise stuck to the recipe. Would certainly make again...and again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2019
Thank you Chef John for this recipe! It was full of flavor will definitely make this again! Read More