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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta

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These chicken breasts stuffed with ricotta cheese, spinach, and wrapped with bacon are a sure-fire way to impress! Makes a beautiful plate!

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  • Calories:
  • 601 kcal
  • 30%
  • Fat:
  • 43.2 g
  • 66%
  • Carbs:
  • 7.5g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 44.5 g
  • 89%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 134 mg
  • 45%
  • Sodium:
  • 1175 mg
  • 47%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly oil a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir until it begins to brown, about 30 seconds. Quickly stir in spinach, and continue cooking until the spinach has wilted. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, and set aside to cool.
  3. Slice through the chicken breast horizontally to within 1/2 inch of one long edge, then open the meat like a book. Place each opened chicken breast in between two pieces of plastic wrap, and pound with a meat mallet to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
  4. Stir the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and onion powder into the cooked spinach until blended. Evenly divide this mixture among the chicken breasts, then roll each into an oblong shape, like a burrito, tucking in the ends. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Wrap each breast with 2 strips of bacon, and secure with toothpicks. Place into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until the bacon is brown and crispy, and the chicken is no longer pink, 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before removing toothpicks and serving.
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InLoveWithMySoldier1026
276
5/19/2008

This was excellent! I made it last night and it was a hit! I added a few changes though. I flattened 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts and set aside. I chopped up a large onion and minced up 3 cloves of garlic. I sauteed them in about 3 tbsp of EVOO. Then I added fresh baby spinach (about 3 or 4 bags worth) to the pan and let it wilt down. Then I transferred it to a large bowl where I added the Ricotta Cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, garlic salt, S&P, 1/2 cup of roasted red peppers that I ran my knife through first and I added about 2/3 cup of Italian Style Bread crumbs and mixed well. Then I took the chicken breasts and put the spinach mixture in the middle of the chicken breast and rolled it up. I wrapped 2 slices of bacon on each and placed them in the baking dish and baked at 400 degrees until chicken was down and juices ran clear and then broiled it on low until bacon got a bit crispy and the chicken browned a bit. I had extra stuffing and placed in a zip lock freezing bag and put it in the freezer for future use.

eileenwedin
174
10/12/2008

This is delicious, but I put a metal riser sprayed with Pam in the bottom of the pan and the drippings catch underneath so that the chicken is not sittingi in all of the bacon grease.

meganfromseattle
116
4/22/2008

This recipe was really good and fairly simple. I wrapped the bacon all the way around the chicken breast (unlike the picture above) and turned them over about 30 minutes into the baking time to cook the bacon evenly on both sides of the chicken. Next time I make this recipe I think I will cook the bacon briefly in a skillet before wrapping the chicken to get a crispier texture. I also had a little bit of the stuffing mix leftover and ate it with crackers as an appetizer and it was delicious!