In an attempt to talk me into buying him a pint of Phish Food ice cream just before dinner, my precious 13-year-old son whined for ten straight minutes before I finally got real firm-like with him, “Andrew, no! I’ve made a gorgeous dinner and I don’t want you filling up on ice cream.”
“Oh yeaaahhhh? What’s the dinner?”
To which I replied (mock-flippancy hiding pride, if I do say so myself. I was certain this would prove my undying affection for him) “Bacon Stuffed Chicken.”
To which he replied, “Man! mom?! You’re feeding me bacon stuffed chicken and THAT is somehow better to eat than ice cream?” The whining continued until he piled a fork full of the stuff into his mouth, reached across the kitchen table, placed his hand on my hand and said, “This is real good, mom. Thanks.”
To which I replied, “booyeah.”
Here’s how you make yourself a bit of this here bacon stuffed chicken and make all the teenagers in your life happy to eschew ice cream for dinner.
Use a knife to cut a small slice into the center of an uncooked chicken breast. Smash a slice of bacon into the center of the chicken. Drizzle a bit of melted butter over your chicken breast. Close it up and bake it up.
As soon as your chicken is justbarelycookedthrough, top it with some sliced avocados and a slice of swiss cheese. Broil just until the cheese is melted.
Top with tomatoes and EAT!
Bacon-Stuffed Avocado Swiss Chicken
1 bottle of your favorite Italian salad dressing
4 chicken breasts
4 slices of cooked bacon or ham
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 ripe avocado
4 slices swiss cheese
salt and pepper to taste
2 small tomatoes, sliced thin
Marinate your chicken early in the morning, if desired.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice a small slit into the center of your chicken and stuff a slice of bacon (or ham!) right inside. If you didn't marinate your chicken, drizzle a bit of melted butter on top of your chicken breasts, salt and pepper. Transfer your chicken to a lightly greased baking dish. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or just until your chicken breast is cooked through.
Remove the chicken from the oven, turn on the broiler, and place several slices of avocados on top of each chicken breast. Sprinkle a smidgen of salt on top. Place a slice of swiss over the avocados. Place your baking sheet into the top rack of your oven, broil just until the cheese is melted. Take chicken from the oven, top with sliced tomatoes. Salt and pepper those tomatoes. Serve immediately and enjoy!