Italian Chicken Bracciole

A rich bacon stuffing is tucked inside crisp chicken thighs. A simple tomato sauce is a special touch.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 6

4
slices bacon, chopped
1/2
cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1
clove garlic, chopped
1/4
cup Progresso™ Italian-style bread crumbs
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
2
tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1
egg
6
boneless skinless chicken thighs
1
tablespoon olive oil
1
tablespoon butter or margarine
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with Italian-style herbs, undrained
3
tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 11x7-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until crisp. Reduce heat to low; add onion and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft. Remove from heat; stir in bread crumbs. Stir in cheese, rosemary and egg; mix well.
  • 2 Unfold chicken thighs so inside faces up. Spoon stuffing over thighs, about 2 tablespoons each. Fold over, and secure with toothpicks. In same skillet, heat olive oil and butter. Cook thighs in skillet 2 minutes per side, until brown. Place in baking dish. In medium bowl, mix diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Pour over chicken.
  • 3 Cover with foil. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until thermometer inserted in center of chicken stuffing reads 165°F. Serve over cooked spaghetti if desired.

Expert Tips

To complete the meal, serve with hot cooked pasta and a green salad.

Italian cooks use small amounts of tomato paste to boost tomato flavor and thicken tomato mixtures; they would rarely use an entire 6-oz can. Purchase tomato paste in a tube that can be refrigerated, or spoon out dollops of leftover tomato paste from a can, and freeze them. Then place in a freezer bag to use in future recipes.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
90mg
90%;
Sodium
500mg
500%;
Total Carbohydrate
9g
9%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
21g
21%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.