Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bacon wrapped chicken, stuffed with spinach and ricotta

Bacon wrapped chicken, stuffed with spinach and ricotta (recipe originally from allrecipes)


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 (10 ounce) bag washed fresh spinach

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1/2 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

8 slices thick sliced bacon

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil a 9x13 inch baking dish.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir until it begins to brown. Quickly stir in spinach, and continue cooking until the spinach has wilted. Put into a bowl and set aside.

Slice through the chicken breast horizontally to within 1/2 inch of one long edge, then open the meat like a book. Place each opened chicken breast in between two pieces of plastic wrap, and pound with a meat mallet to a thickness of 1/4 inch.

Stir the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and onion powder into the cooked spinach until blended. 

Evenly divide this mixture among the chicken breasts, then roll each into an oblong shape, like a burrito, tucking in the ends. (I had an extremely difficult time cutting the chicken and stuffing it! It was my first time, so it didnt turn out so great!)

 Season to taste with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Wrap each breast with 2 strips of bacon, and secure with toothpicks. Place into the prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven until the bacon is brown and crispy, and the chicken is no longer pink, 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before removing toothpicks and serving

This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday and Tempt my tummy Tuesday


  1. YUM! I had a similar dish just the other night. Boursin cheese was used instead of the ricotta. You might light to give that a try as well. I would love to invite you to join me for Crock Pot Wednesday at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. Please come check it out. Thanks so much for posting.

  2. YUMMY!!! YUM!!! what a GREAT!!! recipe. I will have to add this recipe to my recipe box and to my try soon list. I have become a follower of yur blog, If you have the time come by and visit my blog and maybe do the same. THANKS!!! Geri

  3. Oh now this sounds like something I would like and it makes a great presentation for guests too. Yum Yum.
    Happy Twirls

  4. oh, it sounds so fancy, and i love the spinach, bacon combo, mmmmm!

  5. great photos...they help tell the story. I hope you can stop by and share your recipe at my weekly swap. I shared a tomato salad. Here is the link:


  6. OH that looks like it will taste so good!! Thanks for the recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, this week.