BACON & CHEDDAR GRILLED CHICKEN

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Teresa *G*

By
@BlueGinghamApron

Grilled chicken, crispy bacon and melted cheese, what's not to love? This is my fairly simple, yet totally delicious recipe that is always a hit. I've given directions for indoor grilling, but it can be made on a charcoal or gas grill, with only minor adjustments to the directions. The prep time includes the time for brining the chicken.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
4 Hr 30 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Grill

Ingredients

1 1/2 Tbsp
salt
6 c
water
4 large
boneless,skinless chicken breast halves
1 Tbsp
chicken rub (see *note)
2 Tbsp
vegetable oil (plus extra for grill)
4 slice
american cheese
12 slice
hickory smoked bacon, cooked crisp
1 c
shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
minced fresh chives (optional)

How to Make BACON & CHEDDAR GRILLED CHICKEN

Step-by-Step

  • 1Gather and prep all ingredients.
  • 2BRINE THE CHICKEN: Pour salt and water into a gallon size zipper food bag; zip bag closed; shake well to dissolve salt.
  • 3Unzip bag, add chicken; close bag and set inside a bowl; place in refrigerator for 4-6 hours.
  • 4When ready to cook, remove chicken from brine, place on a large plate, baking dish or baking sheet; use paper towels to pat dry chicken.
  • 5EVEN OUT THE THICKNESS: Place breasts, rib side up on flat work surface. Use a very sharp chef's knife or fillet knife to open thick side of breast like a book, starting on the inside.
  • 6Evenly sprinkle chicken rub seasoning over all sides. (*Note: I use McCormick's Grill Mates Chicken Rub.)
  • 7Drizzle oil over chicken breasts, turning to coat thoroughly.
  • 8Lightly brush George Foreman grill or grill pan with vegetable oil; preheat to medium/ medium-high.
  • 9(The size of your grill and the size of the chicken breasts will determine how many breasts you'll be able to cook at the same time.)
  • 10Place chicken on grill, close lid and cook on medium/medium-high heat for 3 minutes; open grill, turn chicken over, lower lid and cook for 3 more minutes.
  • 11Preheat toaster oven, or regular oven, to 400°F.
  • 12Remove chicken from grill to toaster oven tray or baking sheet.
  • 13Place 1 slice of American cheese on top of chicken.
  • 14Place 2 slices of crisp bacon on top of cheese slice.
  • 15Scatter 1/4 cup cheddar cheese over bacon on each chicken breast.
  • 16Bake in preheated oven just until cheese melts (about 1 minute.)
  • 17Remove from oven, sprinkle with chives.
  • 18Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.

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About BACON & CHEDDAR GRILLED CHICKEN

Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Diabetic
Other Tag: For Kids