My husband always says that chicken is a vegetable – he worked in the Northen Cape on a project for a while and there they really didn’t eat salads or veggies – their veg was chicken..! I know, right?!
I used to cook chicken so often – and especially chicken breasts, that he would get teased by a friend at work about getting chicken for lunch almost everyday. I haven’t actually made chicken breasts in a while – it can be quite boring sometimes, and I hate dry chicken. I’m not one for saucy dishes either, I would rather have a sauce on the side that I can add to the dish as I please. Anyways, so this dish is great because the chicken is moist and the bacon also adds extra flavour.
So that would make tonight’s dinner almost vegetarian, apart from the bacon…
6 chicken breasts, sliced open halfway
baby spinach leaves (3 per chicken breast)
sage leaves (5 per chicken breast)
salt & pepper, freshly ground
goats cheese (2 slices per chicken breast)
streaky bacon (2 strips per chicken breast)
Start off by heating a glug of olive oil and about a tbs of butter in a pan. Season one side of the chicken breasts (open them up so they lie flat) and flash-fry on the inside. The chicken will cook much quicker when the inside is already partly cooked, plus you get extra flavour from the browning of the chicken on the inside. If you don’t flash-fry the inside, you will be left with a very dry breast, trying to get the whole thing cooked through.
Just brown the one side slightly – don’t cook all the way through. Remove from heat.
Place spinach leaves, sage & goats cheese on the cooked inside and season with salt. Wrap in bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Fry until golden & cooked through.
Serve with asparagus – blanched, with a drizzle of lemon juice, salt & a dollop of butter.