Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Let’s face it, bacon makes everything better, and chicken is no exception! In this recipe, the bacon not only adds great flavor to the chicken, it makes a stunning presentation (worthy of entertaining).

About the flavors: Aside from the marriage of bacon and chicken, there are plenty of other complimentary flavors going on: bacon and cheddar cheese, cheddar cheese and Dijon mustard, and bacon and maple syrup.

Yes, the ingredient list is short, but each component is a key player, creating a dish with complex flavors in every bite.

Want to prep ahead? This dish can be assembled up to 24 hours in advance. Prepare the chicken as instructed below and, before baking, cover the pan with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate before baking.

Remove the pan from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking (perhaps while the oven is preheating). Remove the cover and spoon over any of the maple-Dijon sauce from the bottom of the pan. Bake as directed below.

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Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Ingredients

(Serves: 4)

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    4-6 pieces bacon
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    2 tablespoons maple syrup
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    4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 5 ounces each
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    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
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    1 tablespoon olive oil
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    Salt and ground black pepper
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    1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2. Arrange the bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet, in a single layer.

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Step 3. Roast the bacon for 15 minutes (it will be cooked, but not crisp). Remove the pan from the oven and set aside. Keep the oven at 400 degrees.

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Step 4. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and Dijon mustard. Set aside.

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Step 5. Using a sharp knife, make several crosswise slices into the chicken breasts, without cutting through to the bottom.

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Step 6. Place the oil in the bottom of a shallow roasting pan or ovenproof skillet. Add the chicken to the pan and brush the top with the maple syrup mixture.

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Step 7. Cut the bacon into 2-inch pieces and insert the pieces into the chicken.

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Step 8. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper.
Bake for 15 minutes, uncovered.

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Step 9. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken.

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze

Step 10. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes, until the cheese melts and the chicken is cooked through.

Bacon And Cheddar Chicken With Maple-Dijon Glaze
Paula Hughes
 

I’m Paula, and I’m absolutely in love with food blogs. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of two small boys, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

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