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Bacon Wrapped Pesto Chicken

Prep time 15 min
Cook time 55 min
Total time 1 hr 10 min

Prep time 15 min
Cook time 55 min
Total time 1 hr 10 min

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Looking for a new way to enjoy protein-packed chicken breasts? Why not stuff it with homemade, dairy-free pesto and then wrap it in nitrate-free bacon…mmmmm

If you’re new to making pesto, then you’re in for a treat. Pesto is a sauce that’s made by crushing basil leaves with garlic, nuts, olive oil and salt. Most traditional pesto recipes also include Parmesan cheese, but thanks to my vegan days, I found that the cheese can be easily replaced with a little nutritional yeast. While fresh pesto may seem fancy, it literally only takes a few minutes to make it — simply throw all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.

This flavor-filled chicken dish is so satisfying and is especially delicious with a side of Roasted Asparagus Pasta Salad. Enoy!


Serves 8
For the Pesto:

¼ cup Raw Pecans

1 cup fresh basil

2 cloves Garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon sea salt

For the Chicken:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced

8 slices Nitrate free bacon


Directions
1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2

Combine the pesto ingredients in a food processor until creamy.

3

Rinse and pat dry the chicken breasts. Butterfly each piece of chicken by slicing into but not all the way through the breast at the equator. Open the two halves as if you were opening a book. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

4

Divide the pesto between the 4 chicken breasts, spreading evenly and then closing the breasts back together.

5

Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Transfer the chicken breasts to the sheet. Wrap each chicken breast with 2 slices of bacon and top with tomato slices. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until cooked through and light golden brown.


Nutrition

Calories: 267
Fat: 12g
Carbohydrates: 6g
Sodium: 6mg
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 33g
Sugar: 1g

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