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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So, why is it important to use a thermometer to temp meats? Why not just cut right into the center? Well, while it might seem easier, it isn't, and it immediately drains the meat of all the juiciness and the flavor you worked so hard for! Get in the habit of using a meat thermometer, and you will notice the difference!
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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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