Chicken breast, being a very lean cut of meat, is notorious for its tendency to dry out quickly during cooking, especially when prepared without any kind of sauce. Wrapping it in bacon deliciously solves the problem as the chicken absorbs the glorious fat rendered by the bacon while they both roast in the oven. The essential thing about this recipe is to get the bacon nice and crispy and this is easy on the grill but if you are stuck indoors you can either pan fry the wrapped chicken and then place it in the oven or you can cook it in the oven and then turn the oven up to broil. The bacon adds a delightfully smoky flavor and keeps the chicken breast extra juicy.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast Recipe
- 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts, each one cut in half
- 10 slices nitrate free sugar free bacon (one of each half chicken breast)
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- black pepper
- fresh herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary or basil) optional
Mix the onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl and sprinkle over all the chicken. Heat a large cast iron skillet over med-hi heat and preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Wrap one slice of bacon around each chicken thigh half, twice, to cover the chicken surface as much as possible. Add each chicken piece to the skillet, seam side up. Allow the first side to brown about 2 minutes. Turn over each chicken piece carefully so the bacon doesn’t move, so seam side is now down and browned side is up. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake until the chicken is no longer pink and bacon is crisp, about 10-15 minutes.
If chicken is cooked and the bacon isn’t crispy enough for your preference, put the chicken under the broiler for a minute or until the bacon is cooked to preference. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired while chicken is still in the pan, and serve with your favorite veggie and potatoes. You can use a toothpick to secure the chicken if you’d like but the bacon kind of does that. Wrap it up with some bacon and bake it in the oven. Pretty simple and easy bacon wrapped chicken recipe.