At first glance, this just looks like regular ol’ chicken with a tasty coating of melted mozzarella on top. However, lying inconspicuously below the blanket of cheese, lies the key ingredient…BACON! Yep you heard me. I’d had honey mustard chicken before, and I’d had mozzarella chicken before…but until this lil creation, I’d never had chicken that incorporated all these delicious things AND BACON. It’s almost too good to be true…almost.
So in addition to being delicious, this chicken is also really, really easy to make! Drizzle with mustard and honey, bake, top with bacon and cheese, then bake a few more minutes. Done! See? Isn’t that easy? My only problem with this recipe was getting the bacon cooked through. We had thick-sliced so that could very well be the problem. However, even if you use the regular thickness, it still seems like it would need more time to cook thoroughly. The recipe says to bake the bacon-topped chicken for 10 minutes at 375, and at the end of that time, the bacon is supposed to be crisp. Uh, mine was still totally pink. So I had to bake it some more and then eventually broil it to get it edible. It all turned out great in the end, but I think next time I’ll pre-cook the bacon just a tad…not completely, but enough to get it started before putting it on the chicken so it can crispen up in the oven. I’ve edited the recipe to reflect these changes.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3/4 c honey
- 1/2 c mustard
- lemon pepper, to taste
- 4 slices of bacon, cut in half
- 1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish, and drizzle evenly with honey and mustard. Sprinkle with lemon pepper.
- Bake chicken 25 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon until no longer pink. You want it to still be limp, not crispy.
- Top each breast with 2 bacon slice halves, and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Continue baking for 5 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear, bacon is crisp, and cheese is bubbly.
- If desired, you can broil it for one minute longer to give the cheese those golden brown spots.
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