I have been a blue cheese lover since I can remember, and one of my favorite flavor combinations is blue cheese and bacon. Enter my recipe for Blue Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken. One of my very favorite dinners.
My filling uses cream cheese, blue cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan to create a truly decadent cheesy filling. I use my food processor to blend all this cheesy goodness with fresh spinach, and it is perfect to stuff into my chicken breasts. I wrap the chicken in smokey bacon and bake till the chicken is tender and juicy, and bacon crisp.
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This is one of my favorite meals to make when we have dinner with my parents. We are all blue cheese lovers, and it is always a hit. I like to serve this meal as pictured (that bite of chicken on the fork went straight into my mouth after I was done shooting this recipe), with steamed green beans or asparagus, and roasted potatoes.
As far as the bacon goes I like to use a center cut bacon for this recipe. I do not use thick sliced because I find that it does not wrap as well as a traditional thickness, and it is more difficult to get crisp resulting in overcooked chicken.
This is also a recipe that is perfect to share with someone special on Valentine's Day. It is pretty simple and can be made in advance so you are not scrambling before your date arrives. You can follow by watching the movie 28 Weeks Later or World War Z.....or maybe it is just Ron and I that enjoy a good zombie apocalypse movie on the day of love. I also enjoy Aliens and Predator.... so many choices.
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Blue Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 4 oz blue cheese crumbles
- 3 oz plain cream cheese
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 18 pieces center cut bacon
- Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
- To a food processor, add spinach, blue cheese, cream cheese, pepper, and salt. Process till smooth. Pour the stuffing into a bowl and stir in the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. If you do not have a food processor you can finely chop the spinach and then mix it together.
- Using a small sharp knife cut into the thick end of the chicken and make an incision reaching ⅔ the way down the breast. Loosen up the incision with your fingers to make a hole. Spoon the filling into the chicken.
- Spiral-wrap the breasts with the bacon tightly to cover the meat evenly. Sprinkle a little additional pepper on top, if desired. Bake chicken at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. If necessary, turn oven up to 425 degrees and bake an additional 10 minutes to crisp bacon. Please note that baking time may increase or decrease depending on the size of the chicken. It is best practice to use a meat thermometer to ensure chicken is cooked to the proper temperature of 165°F.
- Remove chicken from the oven and serve.
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Love the bright colors, especially the yellow ⭐️
Everything about this cheesy filling sounds amazing! And then throw in the bacon? I cannot wait to make this!
These look just incredible...especially with the bacon. I love anything with bacon 🙂 I have a thermapen that I use and i LOVE it. It's so accurate and easy to use.
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You can never go wrong with a great chicken recipe. Wrap it in bacon and that makes it even better. Stuff it with cheese, and you have a winner for sure. What a great idea for dinner.
I'm drooling over these blue cheese and spinach stuffed chicken. I also love blue cheese and bacon but I've never thought to stuff it in chicken. Such a great idea.
Oh man these look incredible! I am one of those people that LOVE blue cheese, so this recipe is right up my alley.
Food processing all the cheeses and spinach together is such a great idea! It sounds delicious and pretty simple to make too. Although I am definitely skipping the zombie apocalypse movie - my nightmare!
I love chicken stuffed with cheese. I haven't tried a blue cheese before but I bet it work very well for this kind of dish.
Jeannette (Jay Joy)
Blue, cheese, bacon, AND spinach? On chicken? This combination absolutely can NOT be beaten. Can't wait to try this with the family!
What an awesome change for making chicken and its so gourmet! I love how easy this is to do. The bacon and cheese combo is a fabulous pair!
This chicken sounds delicious being that blue cheese and bacon are two my favorite things. I have a Thermoworks thermometer and its the best!
I love blue cheese. I sneak it into as many meals as I can.I love the purple and yellow.
Love the yellow!
I love that Thermopop! Such a neat thermometer. You'll never undercook your proteins!
Love the orange color!
This looks yummy! I love the purple- so fun.
Looks delicious! I love the red!
This recipe is SO good. I LOVE LOVE LOVE blue cheese! One of my faves, and now I have it memorized. Everyone that has had it, loves it!
Can I just say that this is probably the most seductive chicken recipe I've ever seen! It looks marvelously delicious! I can't wait to try this one. And I need that thermometer! 🙂
I also love blue cheese and bacon and often use them either on pasta (usually gorgonzola and pancetta) or as a burger topping! Have to try it with chicken now. This looks mouthwatering!
I wish I had chicken thawing out for dinner tonight because I would definitely make this recipe. My heavens, blue cheese and bacon -- amazing!! The photos are so colorful and appealing, I know that we'd really enjoy this recipe for dinner. A salad, some homemade bread, and a glass of wine -- heaven.
That is delicious yummy meal is in plate, I haven't tried chicken and bluecheese, sounds like a good combo . Then bacon take it to other level.
I am not a huge blue cheese fan but this looks incredible! I think it helps that you add the mozzarella too, I will have to give it a try.
Orange is my favorite.
I'm having a girlfriend over for dinner next weekend who is doing the Keto diet, and now I know exactly what I'm going to make her! Thank you so much for sharing!
This looks drool worthy and it would be a great item to have for a romantic valentine's dinner! Bookmarking for that 🙂
Blue cheese and spinach stuffed chicken sounds great..Haven't tried blue cheese but looks delicious..will give a try this week
I doubt there is a better combination than blue cheese and bacon. They go so well together. Which is why this chicken is my next thing to try! And it's better happen ASAP 🙂
Blue cheese with chicken looks delicious! It sounds simple and flavorful as well. Thanks for sharing!