If you have a special occasion and you want to impress and conquer your guests, try this outstanding keto recipe of roasted stuffed chicken breasts with cheese filling, wrapped in bacon and coated in an aromatic glaze.
Chicken meat is one of the most used meats in all cuisines all over the world. Every part of the chicken is successfully used and prepared in so many delicious dishes. Today I will share with you a keto recipe with chicken breasts, cheese filling, everything wrapped up in the irreplaceable bacon. The baked chicken breasts is a hearty and easy second course, suitable for any occasion and much appreciated by most. Also, the short cooking time keeps the meat soft while the cheese filling with aromatic herbs adds to the dish its aroma and flavor. What makes this recipe special is the glaze in which the meat will be roasting for about 30 minutes. It is a recipe to try in the name of simplicity and deliciousness.
Ingredients for Keto chicken breasts with bacon and cheese filling
This scrumptious recipe is made out of a few ingredients you easily may find in any grocery store. The best part is that it doesn’t involve any seasonal ingredients and you may cook it all year round. I promise it is a very affordable recipe yet it deserves every dime spent. Once you try it, you’ll always come back to it. So here is the list of everything you need to fill your home with an irresistible aroma of succulent meat.
Chicken breasts. One half chicken breast will feed one adult, therefore, use one whole chicken breast for one couple. You may also consider chicken thighs if you like those most. It will not make much of a difference in the aspect nor the taste, it will just be a little more caloric.
Hard cheese to have it grated for the filling. Do not use soft cheese like mozzarella, you need more texture. Therefore, any hard cheese such as cheddar cheese or gouda is perfect to get the needed texture and taste upon baking.
Cream cheese such as Philadelphia to have it mixed with grated cheddar or gouda. This soft cheese perfectly balances the consistency of the filling for the chicken breasts.
Parsley is one ingredient you don’t want to miss because it adds freshness to the dish.
Bacon to wrap the stuffed chicken breasts for a beautiful composition that will be a huge success on every table.
Dry herbs and regular spices such as salt, ground pepper, granulated garlic, and salt with which to play according to your preferences.
Olive oil or regular sunflower oil to make the glaze for a perfect coating of the wrapped chicken breasts with cheese filling
How to make the cheese filling for the keto chicken breast recipe?
The filling preparation will only take a few minutes of your time. Take a spacious bowl as you need to have enough space to mix the ingredients. You also need a grater for the hard cheese, be it cheddar or gouda. However, if you want to speed up the process, use a food processor to have the cheese shredded instantly.
Start by grating/shredding the cheese and place it in a bowl. Add 8 oz of cream cheese and some chopped parsley. Season everything with a pinch of ground pepper and 1 tsp of granulated garlic. Mix well the composition and set aside.
How to butterfly the chicken breasts?
This cutting technique is used to slice the breasts of the same thickness, which is best for quid and even cooking, Also, when you create the shape of a butterfly out of the chicken breast, it is very easy to have it stuffed with any delicious fillings. Therefore, take a sharp knife in one hand, use the second flat hand to firmly press on the breast. Start by slicing the thicker part of the meat to visually divide it into 2 equal parts. Make sure to stop near to the other side of the breast, do NOT cut it through until you get 2 separate slices of breasts. Now open the cut and you will notice a similarity to the shape of a butterfly.
How to make keto chicken breasts wrapped with bacon?
Once you have butterflied the chicken breasts, it is time to have them stuffed with cheese filling. To do so, take about 2 tablespoons of filling and place it on one half of the breast. Cover the filling with the second part of the meat. To have everything sealed better, you may pierce some toothpicks from one end to another.
Now wrap the filled breasts with some bacon. Make sure you have the thinnest cut bacon. It has to “dress” the meat, to lay on as a coat. Use as many slices of bacon as it requires to entirely cover the surface of the breast. For my chicken breasts, I used 6-8 slices, the look is worth 1 million dollars. 🙂 Carefully place the beautiful fillets in a baking casserole and season with some chilly flakes and herbs. Now proceed to the final step – the glaze.
How to make the glaze for keto chicken stuffed breasts?
Although it is done in only 1 minute and it uses a few basic ingredients, the glaze is definitely an added value to the dish. Take a bowl and add 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil, 1teaspoon of dried thyme or Italian herbs, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and the same amount of smoked paprika. Mix everything well and pour it over the fillets. The meat will roast in the aromatic liquids which will keep the meat moist and give it a boost of flavors. Now the keto casserole is ready to be baked to perfection.
Note: if you like the meat spicier, add 1 tsp of chilly flakes to the glaze.
How to cook stuffed keto chicken breasts wrapped with bacon?
Preheat oven to 350F, which usually takes about 15 minutes. Put the baking casserole to bake at the same temperature for 25-30 minutes. At half time through you may spoon some hot liquids over the meat to avoid drying out the bacon. Once done, take the casserole out of the oven and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
It is all it takes to have a keto-friendly yet scrumptious recipe to fit all tastes at any time.
Glazed Keto Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Bacon
- 2 whole chicken breasts
- 8 oz bacon thinly sliced
- 4 oz shredded cheddar
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup parsley chopped
- 4-5 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chili flakes optional
- 1 tsp dried thyme or italian herbs
Cheese filling with parsley
- Grate 8 oz of hard cheese in a large bowl
- Add 8 oz of cream cheese
- Add 1 cup of chopped parsley
- Season with ground pepper and granulated garlic, mix well
Glaze for keto wrapped chicken breasts
- In a bowl and add 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme or Italian herbs, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and the same amount of smoked paprika. Mix everything well
How to make stuffed chicken breasts
- Butterfly the chicken breasts
- Take about 2 tablespoons of cheese filling and place it on one half of the breast
- Cover the filling with the second part of the meat
- To have everything sealed better, pierce some toothpicks from one end to another
- Wrap the filled breasts with some bacon. Make sure you have the thinnest cut bacon
- Place the fillets in a baking casserole and pour the glaze on top of the meat. Season with some chilly flakes and herbs.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350F. At half time through, spoon some hot liquids over the meat to avoid drying out the bacon.
- Take out the casserole and let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving