*** This is my own recipe. I know what you are going to say when you see the mayo part, but trust me when I tell you it is so good! I actually combined two recipes for this and I will be posting each separately in case you just want mayo chicken one night or stuffed chicken breasts***
1 package of bacon (your favorite brand is fine)
8 ounces of fresh spinach ( frozen works too but you need to defrost it first)
2 heaping tsp. minced garlic ( we love garlic so you can use as much or as little as you like)
2 TBS bacon grease ( leave in the pan where you cooked your bacon)
2 TBS. butter
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Ingredients for Mayo Mixture:
1/2 cup of mayo ( your favorite kind is fine, however, never used Miracle Whip with this recipe)
1 tsp. Grill mates garlic and herb seasoning
1.5 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
4 TBS. hot sauce or wing sauce (use as little or as much as you want)
Bread crumb Mixture:
1 cup bread crumbs (you can use regular bread crumbs or Panko )
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (or less if you desire)
2 TBS Grill mates garlic and herb seasoning
Rest of Ingredients:
4 medium to large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Make bacon per package directions, cut into bite sized peices, let cool.
Leaving about 2 TBS of bacon grease in pan, add butter and melt. Add spinach and minced garlic and wilt about 3 minutes or so. Remove spinach mix from hot pan into a container and add the Parmesan cheese and bacon mix well and set aside and let cool.
Mix the mayo mixture ingredients together in another container, this will have an orange tint to it if you are using the hot sauce or wing sauce. Set aside.
Before you start working with the chicken breasts, add the cheddar cheese to the spinach mixture and mix well. Also, make sure your pan is ready to go. Spray with non stick cooking spray on your pan or on foil if you line your pan.
Once everything is prepped, create a pocket in the chicken breast using a sharp knife, be careful not to go all the way through the chicken
Once you have your pocket, take the spinach mix and put some into the pocket filling it up. Use about 3 or 4 tooth picks to secure the chicken. Place on pan.
Repeat for remaining chicken breasts.
Grab another container and add your breadcrumbs, cheese, and seasoning. Mix well.
Take your mayo mixture and slather it all over the tops of the chicken breasts, be sure to really get it on there using up all the mixture. Add the bread crumbs on top of mayo mixture.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour depending on your oven. As always test the chicken for doneness before serving. Do let it sit for a few minutes before serving and take the tooth picks out!!
COOKS NOTES: This is a totally customizable recipe, you can use any kind of seasonings you like and any kind of fillings as well. It is pretty easy once you have the basics down and you can make this for company or just a weekend dinner. Tonight I served this with French fries, but any side will do! I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does! Any questions, just put them in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as I can! ***