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5 Feb

Double-Pork Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Vegetables certainly have their place at the Primal table and we eat them often in every season. But man (and woman) cannot survive on vegetables alone. Or, rather, they can and do, but in our opinion it’s a much less tasty (and nutritious) way to live. Nothing lures us in and satisfies our hunger like the savory aroma of meat dripping with juices and glistening with lip-smacking fat.

In our never-ending quest to enjoy all the butcher shop has to offer, we’re turning our attention this week to a cut of meat we rarely buy. Not because it’s exotic or adventurous, quite the opposite actually. In fact, it might just be the least adventurous cut of meat out there. That’s right, we’re talking about the boneless, skinless chicken breast.

We don’t buy this cut regularly, usually preferring to feast on the whole bird or on fattier pieces with bones and skin intact. But every once in a while when we want a simple dish with loads of juicy flavor that will please everyone at the table  (including kids and picky meat-eaters), chicken breasts are the perfect meal. Yes, you read that right. Loads of juicy flavor. If you think those words don’t belong in the same sentence as “chicken breast” then you’ve obviously never had Double-Pork Stuffed Chicken Breasts.

The trick to transforming chicken breasts from bland and boring to sensational is dressing them up a bit. The breast is ideal for stuffing; just butterfly it and pound the meat a little thinner so you can fit a lot inside. We use ground pork for its fat content and flavor and season it with three simple, flavorful spices. The options for stuffing chicken breasts, however, are endless. You can add sautéed vegetables or a little grated cheese, or play around with different meat and spice combinations. There is one thing about this recipe you won’t want to change, however, and that’s the part where we replace the missing skin with something even better: Bacon!

Wrapping chicken breasts snugly in a generous layer of bacon steers them out of bland and dry territory into lip-smacking, juicy flavor territory. The bacon also holds the whole dish together so well that you can eat one of these babies with your hands, as if it were a sandwich. This makes Double-Pork Stuffed Chicken Breasts not only a great dinner dish, but something you can eat cold the next day for breakfast or lunch on-the-go.

Ingredients:


4 servings

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 package of bacon

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a skillet over medium heat, sauté pork, shallot, parsley and half of spices for 6-8 minutes until pork is just cooked, but still slightly pink.

Use a knife to butterfly the breasts (slice lengthwise through one side of the breast creating a pocket).

Open up the breasts and pound briefly with a meat tenderizer to thin the meat out a bit.

Sprinkle the remaining spices evenly over the inside of the breasts.

Spoon equal amounts of ground pork on to one side of each breast, then fold the other side over the top.

Wrap bacon slices snugly around each breast, covering entirely.

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes, then put under the broiler for 3 minutes to crisp up bacon.

Can be eaten warm or cold.


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  1. Made this tonight, adding some chopped Granny Smith apple to the pork mix:

    RobbieC wrote on February 9th, 2011
  2. I hate to do this but I am going to be the first to say that this recipe was so labor intensive and the end product was pretty bland.

    It would have been better with hot Italian sausage.

    I will stick to my pork medallions wrapped with bacon and brandy apples.

    Primal Mama wrote on February 11th, 2011
    • ok, I’ll bite…no pun intended…please give us a rundown on your pork medallions wrapped with bacon and brady apples. This sounds like something I need to cook almost immediately.

      Mary Anne wrote on September 8th, 2011
  3. Just made this last night for a small dinner party.. HUGE!

    These went over aweseomely (is that a word?)

    Hardest part was probably rolling the chicken tightly enough – and even that wasn’t particularly hard.

    Thanks.

    -Steve

    SteverGunn wrote on February 11th, 2011
  4. Made these last night for dinner, absolutely delicious. Our dog enjoyed the leftovers as well.

    Derrick wrote on February 12th, 2011
    • You gave the leftovers to your dog?!?! What a lucky pup…

      Heather wrote on February 15th, 2011
  5. made this dish the beginning of the week, it was flavorful and easy to prepare, thanks!

    Randy Clere wrote on February 12th, 2011
  6. I made this last night and it was delicious. Thanks Mark! I checked out your blog when Leo Babauta of Zen Habits mentioned it and the first thing I saw was this recipe. My family love it!

    Val

    Val wrote on February 14th, 2011
  7. I made this last night very tasty indeed! I am have leftovers of it today for lunch.
    Thanks

    Gayle wrote on February 14th, 2011
  8. I overcooked mine. Assembling was actually pretty easy (I do this quite often so practice, practice, practice is the watch-word). I also used only one slice of bacon per roll. WHAT WAS I THINKING?????? Whew, glad I’m over that. Definitely cover the whole roll with bacon. I’m going to do this again very soon. I did season the ground pork with herbs de provance which was really good flavor-wise.

    one slice of bacon…sheez!

    Mary Anne wrote on February 14th, 2011
  9. Celery salt was a bit overpowering- I’d cut by at least half next time. I also overcooked mine, but only because I put it in for an extra 5 minutes because I’m a little crazy about potentially undercooked chicken. Will try again!

    Alison wrote on February 14th, 2011
  10. I got this in the oven right now, except I used different spices. I’m going to do a cranberry cream sauce with it :)

    Angie wrote on February 15th, 2011
  11. I made this for dinner last night and really impressed my boyfriend (and myself!). So good! I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to put it all together. Will definitely join my rotation of delicious primal/paleo recipes!

    Heather wrote on February 15th, 2011
  12. Just made this for my husband and I. Wow! So delicious! I will be an avid follower of your website from here on it. Well done!

    Rachel wrote on February 15th, 2011
  13. Mark, this looks awsome!! I will be trying it soon.
    On another recipe you had a recipe for home made mayonaise. I lost it. Would you please post it again. I looked at it in the grocery and every one I could find was full of “JUNK”, so needless I didn’t buy it. Thanks

    Barb wrote on February 17th, 2011
  14. Mark, I used the wrong Email address before. Please, if you could send me the recipe for homemade mayonaise I would really appreciate it. Thanks

    Barb wrote on February 18th, 2011
  15. I just made this– it was phenomenal! All joking aside, it actually made for a nice, delicate, balanced protein when sliced and served with salad.

    El wrote on February 19th, 2011
  16. I also just made it. Used onlion, pepper and shrimp as stuffing. came out as very nice and tender. Just follow the recipe as it is and it will come out to be perfect. thanks so much for sharing this recipe. This will be now on my permanent fav recipe list. Cheers!

    Foxalive wrote on February 19th, 2011
  17. I mean *Onion. Guess I am too much excited :)

    Foxalive wrote on February 19th, 2011
  18. Thank you for this recipe! I did not pre-cook the filling mixture(by accident) and decided to lower the temp to 350 and bake a longer time to make sure the pork center cooked through. It worked great! I checked with an instant read thermometer ’till the internal temp. was at “pork”-180 degrees, took about an hour? I lost track of time but the final result was a juicy tender chicken extrior, not dried out or overbaked thanks to the bacon and a nice thoroughly cooked interior. Plus, rolling the chicken around the uncooked pork was much easier.

    This will make a great main dish for packed lunches!

    Kat wrote on February 20th, 2011
  19. Made these the other day and they were absolutely delectable. I just made the Jambalaya from the Primal Cookbook and it was also remarkably scrumptious! Keep these recipes comin, baby!

    Kevin wrote on February 23rd, 2011
  20. @Barb – basic mayo recipe
    1 tbsp of dijon mustard
    1 egg yolk
    mix with blender and introduce oil in small amount but in constant stream while continuing to whisk/blend.
    Stop when happy with taste and consistency.
    One warning – egg and mustard must be at room temperature. this recipe takes 2 minutes and is idiot proof since I can do it :-)!

    nico wrote on February 25th, 2011
  21. Thank you so much for the mayo recipe, sounds so easy, I think I can do it!
    Thank you, Mark for such an awsome website.

    Barb wrote on March 8th, 2011
  22. This is the first recipe I’ve tried from here and I’m a pretty poor cook….. But this turned out great. Here is what I really loved about this:
    1. All the timings and temps were spot on
    2. Actually makes 4 servings!!!
    3. Tastes awsome – can’t wait to try the apples too

    Ian wrote on March 22nd, 2011
  23. Just made this today for dinner–AMAZING! The recepie is a total keeper, and so easy to make.

    Allison wrote on March 30th, 2011
  24. Made this tonight. Best chicken I’ve had in a long time. Great recipe!!!!

    Nita wrote on August 11th, 2011
  25. I just had these again tonight, used Jimmy Dead sausage instead of regular ground pork. YUMMY!

    Juan wrote on October 2nd, 2011
  26. I usually stuff chicken breasts with cranberry sauce and cream cheese and then wrap them in bacon. But I’m going to have to try this version!

    Tansy wrote on January 4th, 2012
  27. Wow. I just made this and it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. I used “Santa fe” sausages from whole foods (took filling out of casing), and added rainbow chard, cilantro, red pepper and a serrano to the filling. Boyfriend said its one of the best things I’ve ever made. Will be making again! The possibilities seem endless with tweaks on the filling.

    If you’ve ever had a bacon popper this is like having one huge bacon popper for dinner. What could be better?!

    Laura wrote on March 4th, 2012
  28. Just got the ingredients to make this tonight!!! I’m subbing hot ground sausage instead of ground pork, and adding minced jalapenos, and fresh mozzarella cheese to the filling. Will let you know how it turns out!

    Brooke wrote on March 28th, 2012
  29. Well, in haste of making everything, I was a wreck in the kitchen. Dropped the fresh mozzarella balls, and the plastic container exploded.. saved the cheese though! In the midst of wrapping the chicken in the awesome bacon sliced (which was kinda tricky), I looked to my right and noticed that the cheese balls were still sitting there, I forgot to put them in. Bugger! Oh well, I’ll just drop those in the potatoes when it gets closer to them being done. It’s in the oven now, and smells INCREDIBLE. However, it looks like my chicken breasts are a LOT larger than yours.. Hope it still turns out. I’m afraid of the cooking time (I’m a complete wuss when it comes to cooking chicken/pork, a little pink and I freak out!). I seriously hope that when it’s all said and done, that this meal turns out great! My boyfriend is super excited about it, so having it turn out is a must! Will update you when it’s done!

    Brooke wrote on March 28th, 2012
  30. Okay, was AWESOME! They turned out delicious. Thanks for the awesome recipe! I just purchased 21 day guide to primal living, and the primal blueprint cookbook. I’m really excited!

    Brooke wrote on March 29th, 2012
  31. I google’d this recipe with ingredients I had on hand and made this for my wife and mother for Mother’s Day. It was very good, except for the undercooked bacon “look”, to which I assured the ladies that, “Science says it’s thoroughly cooked”. I actually ended up taking everyone’s bacon (at their request) and put it in a pan and let cook up crispy. I may try quarter cooking it next time. Thanks a lot though, otherwise perfect!

    fulkram wrote on May 13th, 2012
  32. I bought a pound of ground pork instead of 3/4 pound so I figured I’d make (5). I completely and fully understand now why the number is (4) chicken breasts, not (5). Live long, Learn. Drop Dead. lol.

    AcesFull wrote on July 12th, 2013
  33. how long do you cook this? at 375?

    darren k wrote on November 13th, 2014

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