Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken breast might sound like a fancy meal that's hard to make, but they’re really very easy to make. This savory recipe will become one of your favorite meals after you taste it. Stuffed with goat cheese and then wrapped in bacon, it makes the perfect weeknight family dinner.
This bacon wrapped stuffed chicken is a delicious, quick and easy recipe that I’ve been making for years. The thinly pounded chicken is loaded with creamy goat cheese and herbs wrapped in bacon, then seared off tastes like it's straight from your favorite restaurant.
What You Need to Make Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts are the key to this recipe. Check the package when buying to look for evenly sized chicken portions. Take a moment to trim off any fat or loose bits before pounding these out.
- Goat cheese. Look for chevre in a log or crumbles to make this recipe easy. Bonus points if you get the kind loaded with herbs.
- Fresh herbs like basil and thyme go a long way boosting the flavor of this recipe.
- Black pepper
- Bacon, go for a thick cut here, as thin cut can burn or stick to the pan.
- Toothpicks. Remove at least 3 toothpicks per breast and have them set aside, that way you dont have to pause to wash your hands to grab more if needed.
- Olive Oil
How to Cook Stuffed Chicken Breast
First, pound out the chicken breast. Depending on the chicken you may want to take a paring knife and clean up any fat or loose pieces before continuing on. You are trying to create a uniform thickness for even cooking time.
Once the chicken is all pounded out, arrange the goat cheese evenly in the center of each breast. Season the chicken with minced herbs and pepper.
Next, work to wrap the chicken around the filling, folding any necessary pieces over to make a uniform roll.
Then, carefully wrap the chicken in the bacon, and secure with toothpicks.
In a preheated skillet, sear the bacon-wrapped chicken on all sides (this makes for crispy bacon when enjoying later and a step I never skip) before finishing it off in the oven to cook until it reaches a safe 165F.
Allow the chicken to rest before serving because the cheese on the inside is super hot at this point!
Tips, Tricks, and Notes for Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken
- If you prefer dark meat, you could use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe, but the shape requires a little more attention when rolling back up.
- Play around with goat cheese. There are a lot of options out there from wild blueberry goat cheese to everything goat cheese. Feel free to use different options every time you make this.
- If you don't care for goat cheese, softened cream cheese, or whipped cream cheese works as a substitute for goat cheese.
- For the bacon, try peppered bacon or maple bacon for bonus flavor as well.
- Chefs note: Because of the cheese and bacon, I use minimal salt for seasoning the chicken breast.
What to Serve with Stuffed Chicken Breast
Pair this bacon-wrapped chicken with a fresh kale salad and bacon vinaigrette, creamy mashed potatoes, or roasted green beans for a hearty meal.
We also love adapting this recipe for this Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe with Chicken as a fun pasta night!
How to Store Leftover Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Chicken
Store any leftovers in an airtight container, or in plastic wrap for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave on low, in 30-second bursts, or in an oven preheated to 325F for 10 to 15 minutes, until heated through.
Keep in mind, that if the chicken was already sliced into, most of the goat cheese will have melted out or will melt out while reheating.
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Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- 3 chicken breasts
- ¼ cup goat cheese
- ½ teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 3 slices bacon
- Olive Oil
- Slice goat cheese into thin strips.
- On a flat surface, arrange plastic wrap in a single layer. Place the chicken, one at a time in the center, and cover with another sheet of plastic wrap.
- Pound out your chicken to ¼ to ½ inch thick.
- Lay goat cheese in the center of each piece of chicken and sprinkle basil, thyme and black pepper evenly over each.
- Using toothpicks to secure, fold the chicken up and wrap in bacon.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Heat oil in a skillet. Place chicken in skillet and cover for 5 minutes. Rotate and brown on all sides.
- Transfer skillet to oven (or use a new baking dish) and bake for 15 minutes.
- Serve with basil linguini and a salad.
Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.
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Erin @ EKat's Kitchen says
Kita, I can relate to this post in so many ways! In part because of the cheese... only sort of kidding.
We almost always had meals on the table growing up; simple but good. I don't do simple as well, but I'm learning! I can't wait to have a table that we can use for eating! (Our house is so small right now that EVERYTHING is multi-purpose.)
I adore your recipe - and I need to start experimenting with food mallets!
My secret food mallet? Chicken wrapped well in plastic wrap (or a plastic bag) a cutting board and my trusty solid wooden rolling pin. It gets the job done real well 🙂 Our dinning room table is covered at the moment in everything and some plastic wrap so I feel you on wanting the space again. It's also my sewing area when I sit down to craft and I can't wait until that can go somewhere else as well.
Thanks for commenting!
I am going to try this recipe for dinner tonight! For once, I have every ingredient called for, so I don't have to substitute anything! I will try it as the recipe calls for, although, I am tempted to put in some jalepeno's , but hubby isn't too keen on them, unless I make stuffed peppers, and they too, are wrapped in bacon! Thank you so much for the recipe.. it looks so easy! I also use my rolling pin often to thin meat products..... I can't wait to try it, my mouth is watering now!
Thanks Jackie! I hope that this works out great! I have a new bacon wrapped chicken coming on girlcarnivore.com soon too! I had forgotten how delicious this can be! Id love for you to snap a pic and tag me on social when you create it.
I make something similar to this. I take a fresh jalapeno, slice in half and de-seed, fill jalapenos with cream cheese. Place in the center of pounded chicken roll up and wrap with bacon.
If you can believe it, I have never had goat cheese. I will have to try this one very soon!
I woul have never thought of that but it sounds amazing. I love jalapenos.
Lauren at KeepItSweet says
this looks awesome, especially since i am slightly obsessed with goat cheese:-)
Sounds delish! I love goat cheese paired with chicken. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!
Cooking Gallery says
This sounds wonderful and beautiful photography too:)!
Nice mix of flavors.
Oh this looks so deliciously perfect! I love goat cheese, I'm surprised I haven't used it in chicken yet. And who doesn't love bacon? I need to make this sometime soon, I'm drooling over it just writing this comment!
That looks like such a good recipe! I am always looking for different ways to dress up my plain old chicken.
shannon abdollmohammadi says
You could wrap a twinkie in bacon and I would eat it!! I love this recipe...it looks so delicious!! Congrats on making food buzz top 9!
Really good dish, made it a few weeks ago, and again tonight!
Thanks! Im glad your making and enjoying it 🙂
Angela Potticary says
Awesome recipe! Just wanted to let you know that I posted an entry in my blog using your picture (adhering to all copyright terms).
Hello how do you make the basil linguini you mentioned above?
Im sorry Jennifer, I don't. I would grab some linguini and a pesto sauce and add a TON of additional fresh minced basil. Will be delicious!
Oh my family always did dinners like that to and as soon as I have kids, dinner will be served at the table. Currently my husband and I like to eat and watch Friends though... So we've strayed a bit. And by the way, this dinner looks amazing! It is going to be our next dinner as soon we finish all that pasta we made on Wednesday! Yum!
This is Sunday's dinner! How yummy! Came here from Primitive and Proper and now I am pinning it too!!
Chris David says
Its really a nice recipe and mouth watering.