Bacon, Brie, Chicken... Healthy? What?




So lately we've been really flipp'n busy lately. We've eagerly been trudging through the process of buying our first house. Jessi started her new job and has begun traveling like a crazy-woman. I've also been super busy with work, so we have to find creative quick recipes to satisfy our busied-up lifestyle. As if all that isn't enough, we're also in the midst of planning our wedding. I found a moment to track down this little beauty from Food.com. We changed some things (like the seasoning) and also used blue brie instead of regular brie and threw on some pine nuts. It's the perfect combination of a warm salad with a delightful semi-sweet dressing, topped with hot-off-the-grill chicken breasts smothered in a brie blue cheese! If that doesn't sound good enough, add the smoked crunch of bacon to the salad to get speaking less, and eating more at the table. We also thought you all needed a break from all of our seafood posts we've been doing lately :) Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 4 to 8 slices blue-brie cheese, about 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked
SEASONING:
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • All spice
  • Garlic powder

Directions

  1. Heat a 1 tbsp. of the olive oil in a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Season both sides of chicken with salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, all spice & garlic powder (just enough to lightly & evenly coat the chicken). Add chicken to hot pan and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through.
  3. Remove from heat. Place 1 to 2 slices of blue-brie on top of chicken, cover with foil and place back on grill pan for another 1 minute, until cheese melts.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil and chopped shallots to the pan and saute.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the mixture to the skillet and stir to combine.
  6. Pour the warm vinaigrette over the spinach and toss to coat.
  7. Portion the spinach onto plates and place chicken/brie on top. Crumble the bacon strips over top and sprinkle with pine nuts.

32 comments:

Heavenly Housewife said...

This looks beautiful. Good luck with finding your first house. Its a good time to buy right now :D.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I want to be busy and eat like that! Omgosh I think I just drooled all over myself.

doggybloggy said...

that cheese is the saga of my life!

Chef E said...

I just thawed chicken out tonight, and this gives me some delicious ideas for our Friday night dinner...

bucatar maniac said...

Congratulations for the wedding and good luck planning it! Great recipe and excellent pictures! Good luck with the house to!

Jolita said...

Looks so delicious!!!

Erica said...

I'm always looking for quicker/easier meals and this is a great one. The brie looks super tasty! Hope you guys have a nice and RELAXING!! weekend.

Grace said...

first of all, those’re some awesome grill marks. secondly, for me, the pine nuts take this to the ultimate level of deliciousness—what a great combination of flavors and textures. ya’ll know how to eat right. :)

Jennie said...

Great blog you two! Delicious recipes!

I will be back!

Jennie

lisaiscooking said...

The blue brie sounds fantastic! Must have been so good with the chicken.

Rose said...

Nicely done :) I giggled at the "healthy? what?" part as I always try to convince myself & Adam that what started as a grilled chicken breast with steamed veggies that SOMEHOW morphs into chicken breast stuffed with blue cheese, walnuts & spinach is TOTALLY the same calorie count :D

Leslie said...

Oh I have never seen Blue Brie. I must go on a hunt now!

Mary said...

Oh, but this is nicely done. I'm getting hungry just looking at this pie. Toodles :-).

Megan said...

Wow! You guys are really busy. Good luck with everything. It's always good to have some quick recipes to draw from when life gets crazy like that.

Hornsfan said...

OMG that looks sinfully good! Can't wait to try and replicate that one :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

You had me at Brie! I've never actually seen blue Brie, only Cambozola (mixture of Camembert and Gorgonzola). I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.

Gloria said...

This is my favorite cheese I love it!!! absolutely nice recipe!! xGloria

Kerstin said...

I love all these ingredients, it sounds fabulous! Brie makes everything better :)

girlichef said...

Oh my....awesome! I've been wanting to try some blue brie, it looks so delish!

Elra said...

All my favorite ingredients are here, I love it!

dada said...

Very very apetizing. I've just to close my eyes, it's healthy for sure.

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

oh boy does this look good. I've never tried blue brie cheese. Just want to have some good ol grilled pain de campagne, this cheese and drizzle some honey on top!

Daziano said...

Nice blog!!

Good luck with the new house process!

burpandslurp said...

Of course they are healthy! I'll eat them everyday if I had the money to stock up on brie! YUMMM!

Kevin said...

That is one tasty looking meal! I am going to have to hunt some of that blue brie down to try!

Olga said...

How interesting! I love blue cheese and brie, but have never seen a combination of the two!

Esi said...

This sounds incredibly flavorful. I have never seen a blue brie before, I will have to look that up.

Morta Di Fame said...

This looks so good! Gorgeous photography!

My Little Space said...

Oh my, such a gorgeous looking thing! Can you share this with me...???? he he...

katskitchen said...

This dish looks great! the combo of the ingredients seem like they go together well! Thanks for posting!

Sara said...

That looks great, I am down for anything that involved brie and bacon.

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm I love Brie cheese! Never tried Blue Brie.

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