9/30/08

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Turkey Bacon and Mushroom Sauce


About a week and a half ago I found a great deal on chicken breasts so I bought about 10 pounds and made numerous 'freezer' meals out of them. At some point this week we'll be eating these; Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Turkey Bacon and Mushroom Sauce.

Honestly I don't use a recipe when I make these, and I tend to have fun with it, adding or deleting at will with whatever we have on hand but the basic idea is the same and it's one you may find to be a quick favorite in your household.

I like to make these with slices of ham rolled up inside. The flavor is a perfect blend as chicken and ham go so well together along with the salty goodness of bacon wrapped around to help keep the breast moist and delicious. However I've also made these with chipped beef slices as well as leaving out any form of meat and rolling them up with cream cheese and chives, plain cream cheese or even a mixture of 2-4 kinds of cheeses.

While I used to use regular bacon, I switched to turkey bacon because it's wonderful to work with, healthier, and precooked. It holds it's shape and crisps nicely as my husband refuses to eat any tiny bit of bacon that isn't completely crisp. While I have to put these under the broiler to crisp them up with regular bacon, if you use turkey bacon you can skip this step if you like.



Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Turkey Bacon and Mushroom Sauce

6 boneless chicken breasts
6 slices ham
1 pound package turkey bacon
1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
salt, pepper


Pound the thawed chicken breasts flat between two pieces of plastic wrap, parchment or foil. Roll up one slice of ham and secure by wrapping 2 or 3 slices of bacon around each chicken breast. Place seam side down in a baking pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or oiled. Mix the soup with the sour cream and pour into the pan surrounding the breasts. Bake at 375 for approximately 1 hour until the chicken is done in the center and no longer pink. You can crisp under a broiler if you want the bacon to be even crisper or more golden brown. Serve with the sauce.

This is a family favorite in our house - my kids love this sauce!




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