Today I am sharing my husband's favorite meal. I hesitated doing this, because it may be the reason he keeps me around. If he learns how to make this, my gig is up! We affectionately call this dish Carolyn's Cream Cheese Chicken. It's amazing! For those of you following Trim Healthy Mama or eating low-carb, you can totally eat this. But, this is the furthest thing from a diet food, so please don't be afraid.
The first time I tried this dish was in 1992, and it was made by one of the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet; Carolyn! She made dinner for my family and the committee that was looking to hire my Dad (aka a pulpit committee aka pastor search committee; and yes, they're as scary as they sound). My Dad was visiting our church in Wimberley "in view of a call." If you're not a preacher's kid, like me; let me break down how Baptist preachers are hired in familiar terms. You know when you see some boots at Dillards and you really like them, but you're not quite sure you should invest in them yet, so you stalk them, try them on a few times, read the reviews online, go back and try them on ONE more time before you decide on them? That's kind of how it works for Baptist preachers, too. So, we were visiting Wimberley one last time before they decided to "invest" in us. Carolyn made this chicken and it was perfect! In fact, it was so good that I made it for my husband on our first Valentine's together. The rest is history!
Here's what you need: One Chicken Breast per person, Cream Cheese, Bacon, Butter, Lemon Pepper, Onion Powder, Salt and Pepper. (On a side note; it's hard for a teen of the 90's, like myself, to say Salt and Pepper without wanting to say Salt N Pepa, then breaking out into a rap. That's my jam.)
Let's continue...Start off by placing your chicken breasts in between saran wrap and hammering it out until each chicken breast is about 1/2 inch thick. I sweet talked my handsome husband into doing this for me, because...ugh, splattered chicken juice, gross!
Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with lemon pepper, onion powder, salt and pepper.
Spread about 1 teaspoon of butter on one side of your chicken breast. I forgot to soften my butter ahead of time, so I improvised with dots of butter; but it all worked out! You can't really go wrong with butter.
Place lots of cream cheese on the middle of each chicken breast.
Roll the chicken up and wrap a piece of bacon around it. Secure with a toothpick. Add a little dollop of cream cheese on the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until chicken and bacon are done. I ate this with green beans, but the care-free 1992 version of me would have devoured that with some creamy mashed potatoes! Yum!
Seriously, this is Sunday supper, stick to your ribs, delicious! If you are planning a Valentine's dinner in, this is the perfect choice to wow your sweetie!
P.S. I'm linking up this recipe with Delicious Dish Tuesday, Buns In My Oven and Rattlebridge Farm, go check them out, too!