Bacon Mozzarella Hasselback Chicken

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45 mins
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The simple chicken breast gets a crave-worthy twist in this Bacon Mozzarella Hasselback Chicken recipe. Slices of bacon and mozzarella cheese are stuffed into cross-cut slits for juicy chicken breasts with a flavorful burst of melted cheese and bacon in each bite. Enhanced with chili powder and oregano for a moderately spicy flavor, they pair very well with the grilled avocados, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.

Ingredients

FOR THE HASSELBACK CHICKEN

  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 24 slices mozzarella cheese about 3 x 2 in. and 1/4 in. thick
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano

FOR THE GRILLED AVOCADOS

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • > salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Step 1 Of 7
1
Preheat your grill to 300°F.
2
Cut slits about 1 in. deep and 1/2 in. apart into each chicken breast. Do not cut all the way through.
Hot Tip
Use wooden spoons or butter knives placed parallel to the breasts to prevent from cutting through.
3
Insert mozzarella cheese and a slice of bacon into each slit. Then, season the chicken breasts with chili powder and oregano.
4
Place the chicken breasts on the grill and close the lid. Grill for 30 to 45 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
5
Slice each avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Brush the interior of the avocados with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
6
Once the chicken breasts are fully cooked, move them to the top warming rack. Place the avocados face side down on the grill. Grill for 30 seconds.
7
Remove the chicken breasts and avocados from the grill. Let the chicken rest for five minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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