Chicken Wrapped in Bacon – A Childhood Favorite

When I was old enough to cook on my own, this was one of my go to meals. My mom used to make it and I was completely obsessed. I called it “Chicken Wrapped in Bacon w/ Cream Cheese & Chives”. I actually had a photo of my friend and I with a sign saying the name and us leaning over an open stove (smart – I know) with the chicken cooking inside. I seriously loved the sauce that was created from the chicken & bacon juices and the melting chive flavored cream cheese, I’d pour that over this rice (this amazing way to make rice) mix it all up and I’d be in creamy-chicken-bacon-rice heaven…

I did these a little different. I had pulled out chicken tenderloins over the weekend with a purpose and then I completely forgot what that purpose was! Ha. I scare myself sometimes. Then I realized I had to use them or it would go to waste so I found some bacon in the freezer, I had my plain cream cheese and some fresh chives. Never tried it this way before but I figured it had to be better than the pre-made chive cream cheese.

So I butterflied the tenderloins filled them with my cream cheese & chive mixture, bundled them up in the chicken and then wrapped bacon tightly around – covering as much chicken as possible. I like bacon, have you noticed?? :)

Honestly the photos started looking a little phallic (LOL!) so I went with the fork shots. I figured that was a better idea, you never know who is looking at your site & I sure wouldn’t want to scare someone away that was looking at the photos and not reading what I am NOT cooking!

Well then…moving on! This is my favorite rice recipe ever. My Mommom talked me through it over the phone one day when I was in either 4th or 5th grade. After that I was a rice fiend. I cooked rice all the time – I was actually getting requests for my rice from the neighborhood teens that would hang out at our house (in my own versions I was cooking it in a pan with a ton of butter – not the way mommom taught me).

I should mention that our house was the gathering spot for all of the boys in our neighborhood from 4-18. The older ones I think because at least one of them was in loooove with my sister and the younger ones because well my brother was a crazy little boy who loved video games, football, wrestling and any other sport that he could injure himself doing. Oh and he used to “water” the plants out front, that always got a kick out of everyone. Good times.

So I’m giving you this rice recipe because it’s essential that you try it out. I could seriously just eat a pot of rice every night if it was made this way. At my last apartment it did not cook properly due to the electric stove, I just couldn’t figure it out. Now that we’re back to a gas stove I’ve already made this rice waayyy more times than I had over the past year. Like I said – rice fiend.

The measurements of spices in the rice are complete and total guestimates. I know that it’s a lot of salt, a good amount of parsley, garlic powder and a little less onion powder – but those are the ingredients. Easy peasy and full of flavor!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken w/ Cream Cheese & Chives over Mommom’s Rice

Ingredients

1 lb chicken tenderloins, butterflied
6 oz cream cheese, room temperatute
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh cracked pepper
1 lb bacon

For the rice:
1/2 onion, small diced
2 tablespoons salted butter
1 cup long grain white rice
1 15 oz can chicken stock
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
2 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
fresh cracked pepper

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside until needed.

In a medium saucepan add the onions and butter. Heat over medium-low heat and let saute for about 3-5minutes. The onions will just start to become lightly browned. Add your rice and toss in the butter/onion mixture to coat. Let saute another minute or two then add the chicken stock,  and the spices. Bring to a boil, turn heat to low and cover with a lid. Let cook for approx 20-25 minutes, stirring half way through. Check every couple minutes if not fully done, you do not want the rice to get mushy! Adjust seasoning if necessary.

In a small bowl whisk together the cream cheese, chives, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Lay out your chicken tenderloins and apply a healthy layer of cream cheese mixture in the middle of the chicken, from top to bottom. pull the butterflied sides over the cream cheese, take 1 slice of bacon and wrap it around the chicken starting at the top, overlapping just slightly until you reach the bottom. Remove any remaining bacon to use for other pieces of chicken if needed and place on the foiled lined sheet pan. Repeat until all chicken, cream cheese and bacon is used.

Place chicken in the oven and let cook for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is nice and crisp. Remove from oven & serve with side of rice.

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12 Responses to “Chicken Wrapped in Bacon – A Childhood Favorite”

  1. March 20, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    I am a big fan of rice and my must have for the day. Love the bacon wrapping which is awesomely crispy after the cooking process.

  2. March 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    This looks fantastic! My husband makes a bacon wrapped chicken that he cooks on the grill, but we’ve never served it with a creamy rice before. Bookmarked! Childhood favorites are always the best :)

  3. March 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    They do look a little phallic, LOL, but they look awesome!

  4. March 14, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    That sounds great! I did something like this but with pancetta when we were grilling over the weekend. I planned to do a post, but my husband and I ate it all before i could snap a single picture. I used mozzerella, but I bet the cream cheese was heavenly!

  5. March 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Wonderful! I should make this for 5 Star Foodie Junior, she would love the bacon wrapped chicken and she is a huge fan of rice.

  6. March 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    This chicken looks awesome…like you there is always bacon in this house. :) I will have to give these a try soon. Wonder if I could adapt your rice recipe to make it in my rice cooker??? I’m going to try just because it’s much easier to do it that way with the 20 month at home who is always in mama’s business when she’s cooking.

  7. March 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    This sounds really tasty! I can imagine the flavours coming together now!…mmm.. cheese, chicken and bacon!

  8. March 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    We LOOOOOOVE these bacon chicken bites. We like to make ours spicy by adding a little jalapeno. Spicy AND bacon.

    Although I don’t need the spicy as long as I have the bacon! LOL!

    Your rice sounds divine! I never steer from using my rice cooker, but for this, I just HAVE to!

  9. March 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    I think my brother would fall in ove with this – meat inside meat? He will devour it :D
    Thanks!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  10. March 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Wow, this looks amazing, I LOVE bacon, and I really need to get on the bacon wrapped chicken train. The seasonings on the rice sound amazing, never made it before but this sounds like the perfect place to start. Wonderful, nostalgic recipe! Love ones passed down :)

  11. March 13, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    There is a restaurant in town here that has a jalapeno stuffed bacon wrapped deep fried breast of chicken! I have never had it, for it sounds a little too over the top for me. Your recipe here is a little bit more to my liking. The filling as well as the bacon go wonderfully with the chicken-yum! Love the fork shot.
    Also, your rice dish is one I need to try, especially since it put you into the rice fiend category.
    Great post of a delicious meal.

    • Lacy DeVeney
      March 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      Wow!! That sounds like a crazy appetizer! Is it bad that I want to try it?? :)