Chicken is one of the healthiest meats to consume, as the white meat is very low in saturated fat and full of protein. One problem is that white meat chicken tends to be incredibly bland. In order to make chicken more appetizing, bold flavors are introduced to please the palate. Barbecue sauce of any type is full of flavors and spices, and the chicken takes on this flavor splendidly. Barbecue chicken can be prepared on the grill, in the oven, or even on the stove top. The ease and versatility of the dish makes it a favorite among cooks.
Wash the chicken under cold running water. Pat it dry with a paper towel. Place the chicken on a cutting board. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a sharp knife to cut a chicken breast 2/3 of the way through width-wise, from the top tip to the bottom round part to create a deep pocket.
Stuff the pocket of the chicken with ½ cup of cheese. Repeat this process with the remaining chicken breasts.
Wrap each chicken breast with three slices of bacon each. Secure each slice of bacon with a toothpick.
Heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Place the chicken breasts in the oil and sear the bacon until just browned. Once all sides of the bacon have been slightly browned, remove the chicken breasts from the skillet and place them in a roasting pan.
Cover the chicken breasts with barbecue sauce. Cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil, sealing the sides carefully. Place the pan in the oven.
Cook the chicken for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and discard the aluminum foil. Return the pan to the oven and cook another 15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast.
Remove the toothpicks from the chicken breasts before serving.
Use a digital thermometer for a more accurate reading.
Wash your hands after contact with the raw chicken and the raw bacon to prevent food borne illness.