Food & Wine Pairing

Stuffed Chicken Wrapped with Bacon

stuffed chicken, bacon wrapped

This dish is one of Margaret Duckhorn's favorite holiday recipes.

Serves 4


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup shallot - minced
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1/3 cup pistachios - chopped
  • 1/2 cup ham - small dice
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon - chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon Cognac (optional)
  • 12 slices bacon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Put chicken breast between 2 pieces of parchment and lightly pound with a rolling pin, you want it to be roughly a 1/2 inch thick. Continue with each breast. Salt and pepper both sides of chicken, set aside while making filling.

Prepare all ingredients. Place 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, add shallots and garlic saute’ for 3 minutes then add pistachios and ham and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add Cognac if using. Remove from heat and add freshly ground nutmeg and tarragon. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, let cool.


Now place 3 pieces of bacon side by side on a piece of parchment, place chicken on bacon, spoon 2-3 tablespoons of stuffing mixture on chicken, roll up and place a toothpick in the end to hold the bacon and chicken together. Do the same with the other 3 remaining chicken breasts. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes depending on how big your chicken roll is. Check the internal temperature with a thermometer - should be 160. Let rest for 5 minutes then serve.

Tip: Should be served with Fig and Cranberry Chutney

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