Aug 4, 2010

Fancy Schmancy Chicken

Fancy Schmancy Chicken

Honey, I’m home! I’ve always wanted to say that. It sounds so retro, like I’m starring in a in a 70’s sitcom. We had an absolutely wonderful vacation but boy, was I happy to see my green baby again. Food-wise, that is. I can’t help it, just can’t.

I found exactly three lonely chicken breasts in an overall empty freezer, but that was all I needed to get dinner started. When I started shooting this posting I had no idea what to do with them, but I knew it had to be simple and pure yet with an explosion of flavor. Sounds easy enough, no?


Then I remembered the last time I whipped up my honey-glazed chicken & bacon bites and I had an epiphany: why not do a more adult version of those? And so I did.

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts
3 tbsp honey
2 tsp coarse mustard
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp ricotta
lemon juice
lemon zest
9 to 12 bacon slices
flat-leaf parsley
pepper
salt

Directions:

Note:

I’m using my BGE for this and prepared it for medium-low, direct-heat cooking (350F/180C). Use the same temperature for your oven.

Here are those three lonely chicken breasts I was speaking of earlier.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken

I’ll often keep some ricotta in the fridge. Grab 3 slightly heaping tbsp ricotta, roughly 1 tbsp per chicken breast—I didn’t want to stuff them, and this is enough to add some flavor and creaminess but not enough to be considered ‘stuffing’.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken

Lemon. Chicken and lemon were made for each other. I’m grating a little zest—that’s where the flavor is—into the ricotta. Just a pinch.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken

Add a generous amount of freshly cracked black pepper and salt. Don’t skimp on the salt!
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Another ingredient I seldom to never run out of: flat-leaf parsley. I can see myself making this dish with fresh sage or rosemary as well, though. Finely mince a small handful and mix everything up.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken

Combine the honey, coarse mustard, Dijon mustard (or up the Dijon and use just that) and squeeze in some fresh lemon juice, about a tbsp or so.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken

And all the world was right again.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken

Use a very sharp knife and cut a slit into the thick edge of each breast to form a pocket. Spoon a tbsp of the ricotta mix in there, close it up and season the breasts with a little salt and pepper.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken

Depending on how thick your bacon slices are, wrap strips around each chicken breast making sure to fully cover the ricotta so it won’t drip out, the bacon will form a protective shield. Brush the chicken on both sides with the honey-mustard marinade.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken
 
Slap them on the grill or put them in your oven. Cook at 350F (180C). Give them 10 minutes and flip them over for another 10 minutes on the grill. When using your oven you probably have to give them 5 to 10 extra minutes. Check for readiness.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken

If this is wrong, I really really really don’t ever want to be right. Oh Lord almighty.
Fancy Schmancy Chicken

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Fancy Schmancy Chicken
Ingredients
    3 chicken breasts
    3 tbsp honey
    2 tsp coarse mustard
    1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
    3 tbsp ricotta
    lemon juice
    lemon zest
    9 to 12 bacon slices
    flat-leaf parsley
    pepper
    salt
Directions
    I’m using my BGE for this and prepared it for medium-low, direct-heat cooking (350F/180C). Use the same temperature for your oven.

    Combine 3 slightly heaping tbsp ricotta with a pinch of lemon zest, a small handful finerly minced flat-leaf parsley and salt and black pepper. Don’t skimp on the salt. Combine the honey, coarse mustard, Dijon mustard (or up the Dijon and use just that) and squeeze in some fresh lemon juice, about a tbsp or so.

    Use a very sharp knife and cut a slit into the thick edge of each breast to form a pocket. Spoon a tbsp of the ricotta mix in there, close it up and season the breasts with a little salt and pepper. Depending on how thick your bacon slices are, wrap strips around each chicken breast making sure to fully cover the ricotta so it won’t drip out, the bacon will form a protective shield. Brush the chicken on both sides with the honey-mustard marinade.

    Slap them on the grill or put them in your oven. Cook at 350F (180C). Give them 10 minutes and flip them over for another 10 minutes. When using your oven you probably have to give them 5 to 10 extra minutes. Check for readiness.
Meal type: main course
Servings: 3
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