Friday, April 26, 2013

Caprese Chicken with Bacon

Prep:20 minutes     Bake 20 minutes    Makes 4 servings

8           bacon strips
4           boneless chicken breasts halves (6 ounces each)
1           tablespoon olive oil
1/2        teaspoon salt
1/4        teaspoon pepper
2           plum tomatoes
6           fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
4           slices part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 .       Place bacon in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
2 .       Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until partially cooked but not crisp.
3 .       Remove to paper towels to drain. Place chicken in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with tomatoes and basil.
4 .      Wrap each in two bacon strips, arranging bacon in a crisscross.
5 .      Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Top with cheese; bake 1 minute longer or until melted.

Smoky bacon, fresh basil, ripe tomatoes and gooey mozzarella top these appealing chicken breasts. The aroma as they bake is irresistible!
            **Medium-Bodied Red Wine**
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel

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