If you subscribe to my Pinterest page, my @douglaswelch Twitter account or my Google+ feed, you know that I am always finding recipes I want to try. This series, New Food, will highlight some of those finds as we make them for the first time in our own kitchen. Then, I’ll report back to you on the results — for better or worse! — Douglas
I discovered this recipe for Sweet and Spicy chicken via Pinterest on Jennifer Poole’s Pinterest account. This is basically a way to dress up boneless chicken breasts and it works quite nicely. In the past I have made a prosciutto-wrapped and stuffed chicken breast and this is somewhat like an American version, using smoked bacon as the wrapper.
The spices worked wonderfully with the dish and the addition of the strip of back brought a huge amount of flavor without adding a ton of calories. Due to time constraints I cooked these entirely in a skillet on the stove top, but I think it would work even better baked, as called for in the recipe, I had trouble with the bacon coming off when I turned the chicken breasts. It wasn’t something that ruined the dish but baking would have made it easier.
If you are looking for a great way to dress up plain chicken breast, in a way that brings new flavors to the game, give this recipe a try.
Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken
4 chicken breasts cut in thirds (12 pieces)
salt and pepper to taste
Spray ovenproof dish with cooking spray or wipe with Olive Oil to print sticking
Cut each breast into 3 pieces
Season all the chicken with the spices
Wrap a bacon slice around each piece
Roll in brown sugar and place into an oven proof dish
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is nice and brown and crispy
We served this with a side of homemade rice pilaf
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