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Bacon Wrapped Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Chicken. Feta, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs stuffed into juicy chicken breast and wrapped in smoky bacon!

Bacon Wrapped Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Chicken on a white plate with fresh oregano garnish

Bacon Wrapped Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Chicken

(Instructions for oven baking these chicken breasts are included in the recipe notes at the bottom of the page.)

Today we have a very tasty grilling idea that would make a great family dinner meal. It would be just as at home  at a summer dinner party featuring courses from the backyard grill.

Sun dried tomatoes on white plate

Sun dried tomatoes packed in oil are best for this recipe.

We sometimes make a baked version of this recipe but I was inspired to wrap this great chicken dish in bacon. (See recipe notes below).

That idea was sparked by a recent photo by my blogging buddy David Olsen over at A Bachelor and His Grill.

Bacon Wrapped Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Chicken close up photo to show filling ingredients

Bacon Wrapped Mediterranean Grilled Chicken

There is always something tasty and grill-marked to be found there. 

Mediterranean flavours are quite popular at our house so the result was a terrific success with everyone cleaning their plates.

 

Deboned chicken breasts for Chicken Parmesan Lasagna.

Deboned chicken breasts.

I like to debone my own chicken breasts so that I can roast the bones and skins for stock later. I freeze them until I have enough to cover a baking sheet then use the instructions in my post on making Chicken Stock here.

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Yield: 4 servings

Bacon Wrapped Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Chicken close up photo to show filling ingredients

Bacon Wrapped Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Chicken - feta, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs stuffed into juicy chicken breast and wrapped in smoky bacon!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, oil packed
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano, or 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup chopped, pitted kalamata olives
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 16-20 slices of good quality smoked bacon

Instructions

  1. (Instructions for oven baking these chicken breasts are included in the recipe notes.)
  2. Mix together the feta cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, olives and black pepper to make the stuffing.
  3. Butterfly the chicken breasts by laying them flat on a cutting board and using a sharp knife. Cutting toward the thickest edge of the breast, cut half way through the meat horizontally, stopping at about ½ inch from the edge and before you cut them completely in half. Fold the breasts open and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Share the feta, olives, oregano and sun-dried tomatoes evenly among the 4 breasts and fold the other half of the breasts back over the filling.
  5. To bacon wrap the chicken breasts, place 4 or 5 slices of bacon side by side on a cutting board, letting them overlap only slightly. place one of the stuffed breasts at one end and roll the entire breast in the bacon. Secure with wooden skewers or large toothpicks if necessary but be sure to remember to remove them before serving.
  6. Grill over medium-low to medium heat turning occasionally to brown all sides, until the bacon is evenly browned on all sides and the center of the chicken breasts reaches 170 degrees F. If you are using particularly large chicken breasts and the outside browns too quickly, you may want to finish them by open roasting them on a wire rack in the oven at 350 degrees F. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

You can bake this in the oven instead if you prefer or when the grill is not available.

Simply roast teh stuffed chicken breasts on a parchment paper lined pan for about 40 minutes at 400 degrees until the center of the chicken breasts reaches 170 degrees F on a meat thermometer.

Allow the cooked chicken breasts to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 748Saturated Fat 16gCholesterol 183mgSodium 1026mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 53g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

 
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Don and Kathy

Sunday 24th of March 2013

Made this for my wife and I tonight. Awesome!! We could only eat 1/2 of breast. I wrapped some of the straggler tenders in bacon,a grilled those. Maybe that's why could not eat a whole one.

The next time I'm gonna try cutting a "pocket" in the breasts, then stuffing them. I had a hard time rolling the butterflied pieces of chicken.

Thanks for the link to the Bachelor and His Grill website. His food photos look so good you have to try them.

Don in Everett WA

Randa

Thursday 3rd of January 2013

Made this tonight using Taryn's baking suggestion, and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Pstone

Thursday 21st of June 2012

Looks incredible! What di you serve this with

Valerie

Wednesday 20th of June 2012

This is being grilled at the campground this weekend! I may need to have armed security at my campsite to keep other campers away!! Thx again, Barry! (Hubby has a brand new grill and itchin' to get this on on it!)

Taryn

Sunday 10th of June 2012

I made this for company a few days ago and it was a complete hit - everyone said they were full halfway through the meal, yet there wasn't a single bite left when everyone finished! I don't have a barbecue, however, so I baked the chicken in the over at 375 for 40 minutes and they turned out perfectly. Thanks for the recipe that I will be sure to use repeatedly!

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