Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fantasy Chicken

  If you're looking for an easy way to dress up a run of the mill boneless, skinless chicken breast, this recipe for Fantasy Chicken from Mr. Food certainly fills the bill.  All you have to do is butterfly the chicken breasts with a sharp knife then stuff with cooked bacon and garlic and herbed cheese (similar to Boursin or Rondele).  Bake until tender, then top with grated or sliced Cheddar.  In my 10 inch dutch, with 10 coals in a ring around the base of the oven and 24 on the lid, the chicken was cooked through in 25 minutes.  I sprinkled on the Cheddar then baked it for 3 minutes more until the cheese had melted.  Tender, gooey, and filled with crispy bacon, this recipe has all the elements of a swellegant dutch oven dinner.

Fantasy Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup refrigerated garlic and herb spreadable cheese, divided
8 slices crisp, cooked bacon
1 cup shredded OR 4 thick slices Cheddar cheese

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     On a flat surface, open chicken breasts like a book.
     Sprinkle each chicken breast with salt and pepper on both sides.
     Evenly spread 1-2 Tblsp garlic and herb cheese on one side of each chicken breast.
     Place 2 slices cooked bacon over herb cheese.
     Fold chicken breasts over and place in prepared dutch oven.
     Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
     Top each breast with Cheddar cheese; bake for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Spread one half of butterflied chicken breast with herb cheese then top with bacon

Fold chicken breasts together and place in well oiled oven

My sous chefs

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes then top with Cheddar

Smokey flavored, herbed, cheesy chicken in a flash


  1. Doesn't it bother the turkeys that their cousins the chickens are being cooked right there in front of them???!!

  2. I know, wouldn't you think? They are so curious and investigate everything I do while I'm cooking, they smell the coals and come running. They perch on the deck railing in the morning and peer right into the kitchen window while I'm standing at the sink. Poor things cry and gobble like babies at the sound of thunder or fireworks, I am so honored that they chose our neighborhood to call their summer home.

  3. Man, that's really cool. Nothing like having wildlife to entertain us. Can you tell them apart?

    1. Not really, there are 6 males who come to visit every morning, two of them are bolder than the others but I think they were with us last year. Liddy