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Chicken Bacon Spinach Rolls

 

Chicken Bacon Spinach Rolls

These Chicken Bacon Spinach Rolls are going to be your family's next favorite dinner! Filled with a creamy spinach filling, soft and moist chicken on the inside and a crunch from the bacon, you sure are gonna love this recipe!

Equipment

  • Meat Pounder
  • Mixer with paddle attachment
  • Cookie rack with sheet pan
  • Oven
  • Thermometer
  • Plastic wrap and Foil
  • Ziploc Bag

Ingredients
  

  • 5 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups of spinach, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 3 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 8 oz of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1-2 per roll thinly sliced bacon, 10-20 bacon slices
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cut off the top of the zip lock bag and cut your chicken breasts in half (horizontally). Place 2 pieces of your cut chicken breasts into the ziplock bag and use a meat pounder to get your chicken into thiner slices.
  • Salt and pepper the chicken breast on the side where you will be spreading the cream cheese mixture. Do not salt and pepper both sides. (One of the sides will be rolled up with bacon so if you add salt, then your chicken will be more salty from the bacon.)
  • In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, add your cream cheese and mix it until creamy and fluffy.
  • Chop your spinach and fold it into the cream cheese with a spatula. Add your garlic and mayo to the mixture and set aside.
  • To assemble your chicken rolls, put your chicken breast (salt face up) and spread your cream cheese mixture on it with a butter knife. Roll the chicken up and then roll it in plastic wrap like shown in the video. Repeat step five till all your chicken is wrapped up. Place wrapped chicken into the fridge and let it rest for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400F and take the plastic wrap off your chicken. Wrap each chicken with bacon and place them on a cookie rack with a pan underneath wrapped in foil.
  • Bake at 400F for about 25-27 minutes. Flip the chicken constantly to get the bacon cooked on both sides. Once that time is up change the temperature to Broil 550F and bake it for another 3-4 minutes, flipping constantly, since it's at a high temperature. Check the chicken for an internal temperature of 165F. If the chicken does not reach temperature 165F and the bacon is cooked, then place the chicken back into the oven at 400F, to finish up cooking.

Video

Notes

Why is it better to use a ziplock bag instead of plastic wrap when pounding the chicken breast?
When using plastic wrap there’s a more likely chance for it to rip than a sturdy ziplock bag. You don’t want any plastic in your food.
Why didn’t I salt and pepper both sides of the chicken?
If  I was to salt both sides of the chicken breast ,then your chicken would come out to be really salty.  One side of your  chicken breast will be covered with bacon and bacon is salty enough to where you don't need more salt.
What do I use to fluff up the cream cheese?
I used a mixer with a paddle attachment. Hand mixer can also be another option.
Why should the cream cheese be room temperature?
When the cream cheese is room temperature it will whip up really quickly and if its cold from the fridge, it will take more time for it to whip up to the right consistency. 
Why do I whip up my cream cheese until its fluffy?
Whipping up your cream cheese will help prevent having clumps of cream cheese in your chicken rolls.
Can I use artichoke instead of spinach?
Yes you can.
Why do I wrap the chicken rolls in plastic?
Wrapping up the chicken rolls in plastic wrap, will help keep their shape which will prevent them from falling apart.
What if I don’t have thinly sliced bacon?
Don’t worry if you don’t have thinly slice bacon, you can use a rolling pin to roll out the bacon and your bacon will become longer and thiner.
Why do I flip the chicken when its cooking?
Flipping the chicken will help get the bacon crispy on all sides.
When chicken is cooked what temperature should it be at?
165F.
How much chicken rolls does this recipe make?
10 rolls.
Why do I put the chicken on a high temperature at the end?
This will help the bacon crisp up quickly.
Why should you constantly flip the chicken when it's on broil?
When its on broil , it’s at a really high temperature and it can burn quickly. So to prevent that just watch it and flip just until you get even crispness of the bacon.

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