Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Sicilian Greens

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic minced
3 tablespoons of golden raisins
2 tablespoons of pinenuts
1 teaspoon of dried capers chopped
4 cups of baby spinach coarsley chopped
1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese grated
4 6 oz. of chicken breasts halves boneless, skinless
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of ground pepper
12 slices of bacon
Dijon mustard for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven 425°F
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Stir in the raisins, pine nuts and capers; cook 1 minute. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, 2 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and cook 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese; let cool 5 minutes
  3. Using a sharp, thin-bladed knife, cut a pocket in each breast half by making a slit in the thickest side of the breast. Work to make the pocket as large as possible without cutting through the skin. Season the chicken inside and out with the salt and pepper. Fill each pocket with the filling, about 3 tablespoons in each. Wrap each chicken breast half with 3 bacon slices, slightly overlapping each slice; secured bacon with toothpicks if desired. Place chicken on a large baking sheet
  4. Roast chicken until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 165°F, about 28-30 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let chicken rest about 3 minutes. Cut chicken crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Serve with Dijon mustard if desired