Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast

When I'm busy or not in the mood to cook dinner, I try to think of what I have on hand that is quick and easy.  Chicken breasts always come to mind.   This is a quick photo I snapped of dinner earlier this week when I needed to get something into the oven, but I had better things to do.

It was a cold, rainy day so I paired it with a crock pot full of cheesy hashbrown potatoes.  It was a perfect, hot, filling, comforting meal on a cold night and since it took little work on my part, I was able to continue to do other things until it was ready to be served on my plate!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts

4 - 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pound package bacon
Salt & Pepper

Rinse and pat dry thawed or fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Using 2 or 3 slices of raw bacon (depending on the size and thickness of each breast), wrap each piece of chicken with bacon, securing the ends under each breast and laying seam side down on a greased baking sheet.

Continue with all chicken breasts and obviously you can make 1 breast or up to 100 this way - just figure 1 pound of sliced bacon for every 4-6 chicken breasts accordingly.  You can also make the bacon go farther by stretching it tightly around the chicken, thereby using 1 or 2 slices per chicken breast.  Our family loves bacon so I like it nice and thick.

Season the top with salt and pepper.  Bake in a preheated oven around 350 for 45 minutes or until the bacon is golden brown and the chicken is done.  At this point, flip the chicken breast over, as many times the underside is not crisp.  Place it under the broiler and broil for about 4 minutes until the bacon is done.  Now flip it back over again and broil the top for just a minute or two until the bacon is completely done and crisp.

This goes well with almost any side dish.  I often use a sour cream mushroom sauce on them but it's a healthier alternative to leave the sauce off completely and yes, you can use turkey bacon too!  And for those of you doing Atkins or other low carb diets?  This is an acceptable dish.

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