September 18, 2012

Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts with a Sprinkle of Bacon


Last night I decided a stuffed chicken breast sounded like a quick and easy dinner idea.  To make it even more quick and simple, I decided to use a muffin tin to bake the chicken in, thereby eliminating the need for rolling, securing with a toothpick and dredging in a coating.  I make a wonderful stuffed fish recipe this way and have for years; this was just an extension of that thought.  

For this recipe you can use boneless, skinless breasts, or if they are too large, slice them in half horizontally so they are thinner and will curl nicely in the large muffin cup.  You can also use tenders instead of whole breasts.  

Options for this recipe include adding sauteed mushrooms, a bit of onion, diced peppers, ham or provolone.  Play with the recipe and make it your own!

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Cream Cheese and Bacon
(low carb)

Chicken Breasts or tenders;  boneless, skinless (as many as you need to make)
1 pkg. cream cheese cubed into 8 cubes; use 1 per chicken coil - as many as you need to make
Options:  crumbled bacon, chives, diced peppers, jalapenos, ham cubes, spinach, mushrooms or anything!
Dixie Carb Counters Seasoned Bread Crumb Mix for low carb/sugar free or use Seasoned Bread Crumbs or a salt and pepper seasoned flour mixture

Grease large muffin tins to the same number of chicken breasts you will be making.  
Coil 1 thinly sliced or pounded small chicken breast in each cup or use chicken tenders.
In the center of each coil place 1 cube of cream cheese.
Sprinkle with cooked, crumbled bacon (or ham diced, a teaspoon of thawed spinach, etc.)
Top with about 1/2 tablespoon of either a low-carb crumb mix or crushed pork rinds if you are low carbing or seasoned bread crumbs, flour or panko crumbs.
Spray the top with Pam style oil or drizzle with olive oil, just enough to moisten.
Bake at 375 for approximately 25 - 30 minutes until chicken is done.

Coiled in a large muffin tin instead of rolling and securing with toothpicks

I used cream cheese and bacon but try ham, spinach, peppers or anything!

Ready to bake!  I used a low carb crumb mix - you can use flour!

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