Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast Stuffed with Nectarine & Onion

Nectarines are in season! This sweet and juicy fruit makes a great dessert on it’s own, but try using it in the Entree! Pairing it with onions and bacon creates a wonderful harmony of favors. I served this protein with sweet potatoes and more onions that had been tossed in maple syrup. It all cooks together on one sheet pan in the oven, so once the prep is done, the only thing left was to wait and smell the scrumptious aroma fill the house!

 

Amount               Ingredients

4 each                   Chicken breasts, 4-5 oz each

4 strips                 Bacon, raw

2 each                  Nectarines, medium, ripe, pitted & cut into 8 sections each

1 medium          Onion, white or yellow, sliced

2 Tbls                   Maple syrup, 100% (no HFCS)

1/2+1/2 tsp       sea salt

1/4 tsp                 pepper, black

1/2 tsp                 garlic, granulated

2 medium          Sweet Potato, peeled, halved longways & sliced in 1/4 inch pieces

 

Steps

1. The best way to stuff chicken is to pound it flat with the meat tenderizer. Put a layer of plastic wrap down, then the chicken breast, skin side down, and place another layer of plastic on top. Pound the meat to a consistant thickness, about 1/2 inch thick, you don’t want it too thin or broken apart so don’t go crazy 🙂

2. Toss the nectarines and half of the onion with 1 Tbls of Maple syrup.

3. Lay the chicken skind side down on a sheet pan, place 1/4 of the nectarine mixture in the middle of each chicken breast, fold the meat around the mixture, overlapping the tips, ending up with the overlapped part down

4. Season the chicken breasts with 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper & 1/2 tsp of garlic evenly

5. Wrap one bacon strip around each chicken breast. For presentation purposes you can do like I did…cut each strip of bacon in half and lay the two halves across each piece of chicken. Then you won’t have any soggy pieces of bacon on the underneath side

6. Toss the sweet potato and other half of the onion with 1 Tbls of maple syrup and 1/2 tsp of salt

7. Place the chicken on each of the four corners of the sheet pan, and dump the potato mixture in the middle, spread it out evenly

8. 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, the bacon will begin to crisp up and the potatoes will be cook through

 

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