This boneless chicken breast recipe is a simple and cheap dinner recipe. Made with only 2 chicken breasts, 2 slices of bacon and my Irish mum’s special stuffing.
My boneless chicken breast recipe will make enough to serve 4 people for one healthy meal or 2 separate cheap meals for 2 people. It’s really filling and very tasty, if I do say so myself!
Us Irish like good food and I like to create healthy meals that will go a long way without breaking the bank.
So give this oven baked chicken recipe a try.
It’s best to use fresh medium sized chicken breasts for this healthy cheap recipe.
If you will be using frozen, be sure to let them defrost thoroughly and mop up any excess moisture which drains during defrosting time
Back bacon, you may call it middle bacon is better than streaky. Back bacon usually has less visible fat on it than streaky. It also takes less to wrap the chicken with than streaky.
I use pork sausage with at least 60% meat content. Usually higher meat content sausages can be bought from a butcher shop.
Blender or by hand
For the stuffing, the best results are gained from using a blender to make the stuffing, its also the quickest way.
2 boneless chicken breasts
2 - 4 slices of back/middle bacon depending on size
2-3 thick lean pork sausages
4 slices of whole meal breadcrumbs
1 medium onion
A handful of chopped parsley or coriander or both
2 crushed garlic cloves - optional
A pinch of salt
Prepare - Stuffing First
Preheat your oven to 175c, Cut the bread into small cubes.
Place in the blender and blend to fine breadcrumbs
Place the breadcrumbs in a medium size bowl and cover
Chop onion into chunks and blend until you have small pieces.
Add the crushed garlic, optional, chopped parsley and or coriander to the onions.
Blend for a few seconds until the herbs are chopped finely and mixed with the onion.
Empty the onion mixture into the breadcrumbs and mix well to combine.
Skin the sausages by slitting the sausage lengthwise. Peel skin off and discard.
Add to the stuffing mixture.
To mix the sausage in well, its best to use clean hands to thoroughly combine the sausage meat through the other ingredients.
Cover the stuffing mix until the chicken breasts are prepared.
Slice each chicken breast sideways to make a heart shape. Be careful not to cut right through.
Place 1 boneless chicken breast at a time, into a clear plastic food bag.
Bash with a heavy blunt utensil. I use a rolling pin. until the chicken breast is flattened and spread to at least twice its original size.
Be careful not bash too hard, or
Remove from the plastic bag and onto a chopping board. Repeat with the second breast.
Place 2-3 tablespoons of stuffing into the middle of each breast and pat down slightly.
Fold all the sides of the breast into the middle, covering the stuffing.
Place 1-2 slices of bacon lengthways over the top of the chicken, making sure to cover the folds over the stuffing.
Tuck both ends of the bacon under the chicken.
At this point you can secure the bacon on the stuffed breasts with a few cocktail sticks.
Place a sheet of aluminum foil inside a casserole dish, making sure its big enough to fold over and seal the chicken in..
Gently lift the chicken onto the foil.
Wrap the foil over the chicken to completely cover and seal the edges together so the chicken is completely incased like a package. This will keep all the lovely flavours inside and keep the chicken really moist.
Place the dish in the middle of the oven and bake for approximately 1 hour.
Take the dish out of the oven. Open the foil to expose the chicken. Place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes to lightly brown the bacon.
Tip; this is the best way to be sure the meat and stuffing are cooked through.
Remove from the oven, wrap the foil over the chicken again to keep the moisture in. Leave to stand for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
You can serve almost anything with this boneless chicken breast recipe. Here are a few cheap side dish ideas.
Note...the side dishes I used for this healthy chicken recipe - see the image at the top of the page - were...
Carrot and parnsip mash, steamed broccoli and low fat roast potatoes.
Frozen mixed vegetables, which are just as healthy as fresh and tinned potatoes which are quick easy and healthy.
Crispy oven baked jacket potatoes or potato wedges
Garlic mushrooms, mash potatoes and frozen peas.
I really hope you like this boneless chicken breast recipe.
Any raw meat which is then cooked can be frozen.
Let the leftovers cool completely before freezing.
Never refreeze raw meat or fish after it has defrosted.
Use freezer bags or plastic containers which have a tight fitting lid.
More than likely you will have some stuffing leftover which just wouldn't fit into this boneless chicken breast recipe.
So what can you do with it?
Make another dinner.
Here's more tasty cheap healthy recipe ideas to use up the leftover stuffing.
Try these quick and easy dinners
Stuffed Bacon Rolls, just add a tablespoon of stuffing in the centre of a slice of bacon and roll it up, repeat until all stuffing is used.
Place the bacon rolls onto a piece of foil and wrap to seal. Place the wrapped bacon rolls in a casserole dish. Cook in a preheated over 175c for appoximately 40 minutes. Open the foil and let the bacon brown slightly. They are ready to serve.
You can also use the leftover stuffing to make my healthy meat loaf recipe