Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken with Parmesan cream

They’re great for dinner parties, easy suppers, Sunday lunches and tick all the Banting boxes.
 
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Recipe from: 9 September 2015
Preparation time: 20 min
Cooking time: 30 min
 
 

Ingredients

 
  • FILLING:
  • 125
    g
    ricotta, crumbled
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 3
    sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1
    Tbs
    cream cheese, heaped
  • 1
    Tbs
    olive oil
  • a handful of fresh basil, flat leaf parsley and chives, finely chopped
  • salt and black pepper
  • PARCELS:
  • 4
    free-range chicken fillets
  • 8
    rashers smoked, back bacon
  • 1
    Tbs
    olive oil
  • 1/3
    cup
    dry white wine
  • 3/4
    cup
    weak chicken stock
  • 1
    cup
    single cream
  • 1/4
    cup
    parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme or lemon thyme
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • handful toasted pine nuts
Servings: Change Serving
 
 

Method

 

Place all the filling ingredients except the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl. Season lightly and mix to combine. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and fold through lightly. With a sharp, smooth bladed knife, cut pockets into the chicken fillets. Stuff each cavity with the ricotta mixture, making sure each fillet is generously filled. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.

Wrap each chicken fillet with 2 bacon rashers and secure on the under side with a toothpick. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. Brown the chicken parcels on all sides, making sure the bacon is dark and well coloured. Deglaze the pan with the wine, reduce down by half before pouring in the stock. Add the thyme leaves, cream and parmesan cheese. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 12-15 minutes. The cooking time will depend on how thick the chicken breasts are. Add a splash more water if your sauce has reduced too rapidly. The consistency of the sauce should be similar to pouring cream.

Scatter with pine nuts and serve with steamed green beans, broccoli or baby potatoes.

Recipe reprinted with permission of Bibby's Kitchen@36. To see more recipes, please click here.

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