Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bacon wrapped chicken with cheddar and almonds

This is adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe to what I had on hand and to be healthier. You could use any cheese and nut combination. I really liked the addition of green onions. We really also liked the mustard cream sauce (also adapted).
Bacon wrapped chicken with cheddar and almonds
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
1/4 cup toasted almonds, chopped
2 green onions, sliced
4-6 slices turkey bacon
1 tb olive oil
2 tb butter
2 tb flour
1 1/4 cup skim milk
2 tb grain mustard (I used my dear friend Joyanna's spicy wintertime mustard)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Pound chicken breasts thin between plastic wrap. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Cover the breasts with cheese, onions and nuts in equal amounts. Roll each one up and wrap each roll with a piece (or 2) of turkey bacon. Secure with toothpicks. This was the most tedious, pain in the ass part of the process because trying not to cross contaminate is such a pain. I think I washed my hands like 8 times!

Preheat oven to 375. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken on all sides for a total of 5-6 minutes. Place chicken on small baking sheet in oven and cook for 10 minutes more.

In the same skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Stir in milk slowly and whisk until smooth. Next stir in mustard and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to warm until chicken is ready. Remove toothpicks from chicken and cut in half. Pour sauce over chicken.

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10 comments:

Triplet Mama said...

Beautiful!

Heather said...

WOW! That sounds totally delicious! i wouldn't have thought almonds would go well in this, but it sounds lovely now that I read the recipe! and, beautiful picture :)

Melanie Busbee said...

That is such a work of art. I vant it now!

Jeni said...

Thank you! It's so funny making stuff like this because it's so ugly when you're assembling it and then it's falling apart while you're cooking it, but somehow once it makes it on the plate, you cut it in half, and all the ugly is gone!

Elra said...

Everything will taste more delicious with bacon, no? And I love bacon very much!
Cheers,
elra

Jennifer said...

I love wrapping chicken in bacon! Have you tried it with goats cheese before? So great!

melissa said...

Fantastic! I made chicken bacon roulades with a similar sauce once. Thanks for reminding me I should really do it again. And thumbs up on adding the green onions.

ourlifeinfood said...

This looks really good! My husband and I love almonds, but I wouldn't have thought to combine them with cheddar. Sounds great!

Kevin said...

That looks so tasty!

Sophie said...

I like how lean this is, but still sounds incredibly savory and delicious-love all of the layers of flavor!

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