I went over to the guy’s house last night to make them dinner. I was trying to think of something low-carb & “manly” (which I’ve learned translates into “meat”). What I came up with was super fun and easy to make! It tasted good too!
For the bacon-wrapped chicken I started off by slicing (lengthwise) two little red chili peppers. Next I chopped up a handful of Italian parsley and long thin slices of a Spanish goat cheese called Cana de Cabra. Any kind of goat cheese will work, I just had some from the cheese shop down the street that needed to make it’s way into one of my next recipes.
Now that you’ve prepped your “stuffing”, you’ll take a few boneless, skinless, chicken breasts and cut in half (lengthwise) to make them thinner cuts of chicken. Lay all of your chicken breasts on a cutting board and sprinkle with some salt, pepper, and a little bit of cayenne.
On each seasoned chicken breast you’ll add a pinch of your chopped parsley, a slice of chevre, and a slice of chili pepper.
Now you’ll roll up your chicken breast and wrap it in two slices of bacon. I normally would’ve used turkey bacon but since I was going for a “manly” entree I decided to use center cut bacon. At least that cut has 35% less fat?
Over medium-high heat brown each side of the bacon-wrapped chicken for just a few minutes. This will give you that crispy bacon texture but still allow you to slow-cook your chicken without it drying out.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to fully cook your bacon/chicken, that will come later. Once you have some nice brown coloring on your bacon, transfer your wrapped chicken to a baking dish.
Bake your chicken, covered, at 350 for about 10-minutes. I get a little nervous about undercooked poultry/pork so I think I did mine closer to 15-20 minutes.
With the temperature at 350 and a cover keeping all of the moisture in, you don’t have to worry that your chicken will burn or dry out. Unfortunately I had to use aluminum foil but maybe some day someone will give me a Le Creuset French Oven! Then I won’t have to worry about my food losing moisture during baking or my body being full of toxins from the aluminum used in the cooking process!
For the red pepper side dish, I THOUGHT that I was just going to do vegetable with similar flavors to the chicken but I was surprised by the outcome.
While the chicken was cooking I chopped up the rest of the bacon into little pieces and sauteed them with half of a chopped red onion until it caramelized in a little bit of honey, cayenne and a splash of red wine vinegar. Then I chopped up a red bell pepper and mixed it up in the pan, just heating it for about 90 seconds – I wanted to preserve as much of the freshness, color, and nutrients as possible while still incorporating it in the rest of the dish.
It ended up being much sweeter than I expected but the chicken ended up being a lot spicier than I anticipated so it was a perfect pairing!
I sprinkled a little bit of parsley and goat cheese on the vegetables, topped it with the chicken and “manly dinner” was served!