- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 slices of bacon
Preheat the Grill:
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 375-400°F or 190-204°C).
Butterfly the Chicken Breasts:
Lay one chicken breast flat on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut horizontally through the thickest part of the chicken breast, almost to the other side, leaving about 1/2 inch of uncut flesh to create a "butterfly" shape. Open the chicken breast like a book.
Prepare the Filling:
In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, chopped spinach, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
Stuff the Chicken Breasts:
Spread a generous amount of the cream cheese and spinach mixture onto one side of each butterflied chicken breast. Close the chicken breast to sandwich the filling inside.
Wrap with Bacon:
Take two (or more) slices of bacon and wrap them around each stuffed chicken breast, securing them with toothpicks if needed.
Grill the Stuffed Chicken Breasts:
Carefully place the bacon-wrapped stuffed chicken breasts on the preheated grill. Cook them over indirect heat to avoid flare-ups caused by the bacon fat. Grill for about 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
Serve and Enjoy:
Remove the grilled bacon-wrapped stuffed chicken breasts from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. Remember to remove any toothpicks before serving.
- Take care while grilling the bacon-wrapped chicken breasts as the bacon fat may cause flare-ups. Keeping the chicken over indirect heat can help reduce this risk.
- You can customize the filling by adding shredded cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, or cooked bacon to the cream cheese and spinach mixture.
This grilled bacon-wrapped stuffed chicken breast recipe is a delightful combination of juicy chicken, creamy filling, and smoky bacon. Enjoy this hearty and flavorful dish as a delicious main course for any occasion, from casual weeknight dinners to special gatherings with friends and family. Happy grilling!