Blackened Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Apolinaras is pretty spoiled in the culinary department.  Last weekend I made a bunch of tofu fried rice for my weekday lunches, and also cooked up a separate batch of chicken breasts for him because he likes to loudly proclaim the fried rice is the worst dish I make. Apparently, it’s not spicy enough and of course, he’s biased because it’s vegetarian and he’s not a huge tofu fan. His grumbling always makes me roll my eyes and giggle though – more rice for me to enjoy, right? Is there a dish that you really like but your significant other can’t stand?

I also try to fulfill most of Apolinaras’ dinner requests, since he doesn’t make them very often. One night he told me that he was in the mood for some chicken stuffed with leftover blue cheese and bacon – umm, yes please, what a great idea! I decided to go for a black and blue theme and made a spice rub to coat the outside of the chicken so it was blackened. In addition to the bacon and blue cheese, I also put shallots, garlic, and cream cheese in the stuffing. I loved how the creamy filling provided a yummy built in sauce for the chicken. Hopefully Apolinaras will inspire another tasty dish soon!

Blackened Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Blue Cheese and Bacon
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Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup chopped shallots (3-4 large shallots)
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 strips turkey bacon, chopped
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 large boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
1 tablespoon ground thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a medium nonstick pan and sauté shallots for 5 to 7 minutes or until softened; add garlic and sauté 1 additional minute. Remove from heat and place in a medium bowl. Add bacon to the same pan and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes or until browned. Place bacon in the same bowl with the shallots. Allow to cool to room temperature and stir in cream cheese, blue cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to 1/3-inch thickness using a meat mallet. Place filling evenly lengthwise down each chicken breast, roll up the sides, and secure with toothpicks. Mix thyme, allspice, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle chicken breasts evenly with seasoning mix and rub into the chicken.

Heat oven to 350˚F. Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat in a large nonstick pan and place two chicken breasts in the pan. Use large tongs to rotate the chicken and sear it on all four sides. Place seared chicken breasts seam side up in a large baking pan and repeat with remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and two chicken breasts. Bake at 350˚F for 18 to 22 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Allow to rest 5 minutes, then remove toothpicks, and cut on a bias. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 541 calories, 26.9g fat, 0.0g fiber, 64.4g protein per serving
Cost: $2.00 per serving

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25 Responses to Blackened Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Blue Cheese and Bacon

  1. Daisy says:

    I love how he came up with the idea for this dish on a whim and you made it happen! looks great.

  2. Astra Libris says:

    Gorgeous!! Blackening makes everything better (well, at least in the meat department :-)) – and so does bacon! :-)

    I cook separate tofu and chicken dishes for Zach and I too, because Zach doesn’t like tofu, and I love it! I’m so happy to learn I’m not the only one who cooks two different dishes for my hubby and I sometimes! :-)

  3. Saving this to make for Lloyd! He hearts bleu cheese and bacon!

  4. Shannon says:

    oh this is awesome. drooling. and A is pretty spoiled ;)

  5. peachkins says:

    i love cheese-stuffed chicken!!

  6. This looks totally tasty. I love the theme and you did such a beautiful job with the preparation. It is perfect. Great job!

  7. Dave says:

    Now this recipe I LOVE! Anything blackened!

    Have too agree with your significant, tofu in all it;s form is just a mistake (IMO)

    My wife does not eat any melons or cucumbers. Other than that, she is pretty agreeable

  8. Joanne says:

    That blackening spice mix sounds fabulous! I wonder how it would be on some fish…probably delicious. I love that you took Apolinaras’s idea and really ran with it!

  9. Megan says:

    Pretty much everything I make myself for lunch does not take Jeff’s food dislikes into account. I tend to make more vegetarian stuff for myself or just load any dishes up with veggies (and there aren’t too many of those he likes). I think like you… more for me!

  10. He has execllent taste! What a great dish!

  11. Your chicken looks amazing, and the ingredients have my mouthwatering. Thanks for a great recipe! I can’t wait to try it.

  12. kitchenbelle says:

    I agree–what a great idea!

  13. Helene says:

    Such a delicious recipe!

  14. Reeni says:

    The chicken sounds incredible! Love that tasty filling! Your rice works for me too!

  15. stuffed with the best stuff on the planet.
    nice and tasty filling.
    i’ll eat your rice then! lol

  16. OMG! I am definitely making this tomorrow! chicken, blue cheese, bacon! What’s not to like??? I love it…

  17. sophia says:

    Nice! That is a pretty brilliant idea. He should be your muse. :-)

  18. Eliana says:

    Blue cheese and bacon! Sign me up please. This looks too good to miss out on.

  19. Michelle says:

    Your hubby is one lucky guy!

  20. grace says:

    sounds like his cravings are good ones–this is an amazing combination of flavors!

  21. Thanks to all!

    Joanne – Yep, I’ve used it on fish too and it’s delicious!

    Sophia – He is, sometimes… :)

  22. cheffresco says:

    Yum!! We loved stuffed meats. Blue cheese and bacon are the best combo in my opinion. You’ve added lots of wonderful spices to it, we’ll have to try it out!

  23. Ohhhh, My,
    This looks so DeeeLish!
    Perhaps I shall try to make it :)

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