The other night we had failed at thinking ahead about dinner and found ourselves starving at 7 o’clock with no idea what to eat. All we knew is that we had chicken and needed something to eat soon, because I get grouchy when I am not fed.
It is in these moments of desperation that we always fall back on ol’ reliable allrecipes.com. As we were skimming through “easy chicken” recipes Will goes “Oh bacon! Let’s see what this is!”
So we investigated and consequently began cooking. The recipe we found is called “Bacon Jack Chicken Sandwich,” but being new to having our own kitchen our spice rack is not fully stocked, so many of our culinary adventures become concoctions because we lack a couple of spices.
On top of that, due to my Gluten Free condition we decided to not eat this as a sandwich, instead we just had it as grilled chicken and some sautéed asparagus. So here is how this beautiful looking meal came about:
Bacon Jack Chicken Ingredients
- 2 slices bacon per chicken breast
- skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 4 slices pepper jack cheese
- Mrs. Dash Chicken Seasoning (1/2 teaspoon per chicken breast)
- Get the grill going. (If you don’t have a grill, you could easily do this with a hot skillet, just make sure to sear the chicken first to keep the juices in it)
- Chop an onion, however much you like, we probably used a half an onion on our two chicken breasts. Chop the onion into little strips, not rings, and not diced. Put in a skillet over medium heat with a couple tablespoons of butter per half an onion. I know this isn’t exact, but these lightly caramelized sautéed onions are more of an art than a science and the key is to let them cook on medium to low heat for a while, just stir them occasionally.
- Cook bacon and put it on a plate lined with a paper towel until you need it.
- Rub the seasoning onto the chicken pieces and grill them. Cook for about 6 minutes per side, or until no longer pink in the center.
- Top each piece of chicken with 2 slices of bacon and 1 slice of pepper jack cheese. Keep then on the grill for another couple of more minutes to get the cheese melty.
- Serve and top with the sautéed onions
*** we used Mrs. Dash because it is what we had. We also added the sautéed onions. The recipe called for poultry seasoning, but I think that it would be good with either Cajun seasoning or a jerk seasoning as well.
For the asparagus all we usually do is sauté it. Sometimes we wrap it in foil and grill it, but that takes a significantly longer time. So here are the steps spelled out:
- Cut the white ends off
- Put enough olive oil or butter in a skillet that it will spread out to coat the bottom. Set to medium high heat and let the pan warm up some.
- Put the asparagus in.
***HINT: toss the asparagus in the oil/butter to coat it before adding the seasoning. This will make the seasoning stick to your vegetables and not to the pan as much.
4. Season with salt and pepper to your own taste preference and add garlic powder if you like.
***if you want some extra zing add a small splash/small squirt of lemon juice, but not a lot, I did like 3 splashes and that was too much.
Now just plate it up and enjoy!
Also, Enjoy that you don’t have very many dishes to do at all with this meal!