Sunday, May 4, 2008

Chicken with Bacon, Tomato, and Thyme

This is such an easy recipe. It's also visually aesthetic, so I really like the idea of that. The chicken isn't the most flavorful and moist like basted chicken, but I was surprised by its moisture content and outcome. It wasn't tough and the bacon grease gives it an addictive flavor, while the tomato keeps the chicken from drying out. It cooks quickly, requires minimal ingredients, and the flavor can easily be altered to your taste. As you can see in the photo, the chicken is lightly cooked. I thought I'd mention that. I was surprised and was unsure if it was cooked through, but it was fine. The first two photos are mine, and the last photo of the recipe I got from the Food Network website. This is a Low Carb and Lovin' It recipe. I thought I'd compare the photo to ensure that the color of the chicken is safe. I had this with my friend, and we both really enjoyed it. As always, I omitted the red onions because I think they're gross, but the original recipe did call for some. I also marinaded the chicken for a while, but the original recipe didn't call for that.

8 pieces of bacon, parcooked halfway (may use precooked)
1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into halves
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
Enough slices of Roma or another type of large sized tomato to top on each chicken breast
1 bunch fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

To par-cook the bacon, lay slices on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes until half-cooked. Remove and reserve.

Coat the chicken with extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. I let the chicken marinade for half an hour because the pieces were so small. (Normally, I would've marinaded for much longer). Wrap 2 pieces of par-cooked bacon strips criss-cross around each piece of chicken, forming an X-pattern in the center. Place a thick slice of Roma tomato over each chicken breast. Bake the chicken until it's completely cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, about 30 minutes.