Chicken wrapped in bacon and stuffed with pesto and mozzarella will transform chicken night at your house. Tender and juicy chicken that only takes 10 minutes to prepare, it couldn’t be easier.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
4 Chicken breasts
1 cup buttermilk
salt and pepper
4 ounces buffalo mozzarella
4 tablespoons basil pesto
8 slices bacon
Place chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and pour buttermilk over them. Salt and pepper and let sit for at least 30 minutes. When ready to prepare, remove chicken and rinse. Pat dry with paper towels.
Preheat oven to 350º.
Carefully slice an opening into the top of the thick part of the chicken breast and cut a pocket. With your fingers, add a tablespoon of pesto to the pocket and stuff slices of cheese in the pocket. Salt the chicken breast. Wrap with two slices of bacon, tucking ends under the bacon rings. Repeat with each breast.
Heat oven proof skillet on stove over medium-high heat. Add about 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan.
Add chicken to hot skillet and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. You are trying to brown the bacon, not cook the chicken. Remove from heat and drain most of the bacon grease. Place skillet in oven.
Bake for about 10-20 minutes until a meat thermometer registers 165º at the thickest part. Time will vary depending on how thick the chicken is and how long they cooked on the stove.