Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Three Cheese Creamy Risotto and Arugula Fennel Salad (Brad Sorenson) Recipe

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Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Three Cheese Creamy Risotto and Arugula Fennel Salad (Brad Sorenson)
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  1. Arugula-Fennel Salad:
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Sauce:
  4. In a medium saucepot, over medium heat, combine the wine, shallots, and garlic and bring to a simmer. Add the basil, cloves, and bay leaf, and let simmer until the liquid is reduced to about 1 cup. When reduced, add the chicken stock, and continue to simmer until reduced by half. Strain into another sauce pan and stir in the butter. Season the mixture with salt, and pepper, to taste. Keep warm.
  5. Chicken:
  6. Season the chicken lightly with salt, and pepper, to taste. Lay 4 slices of bacon crosswise on a cutting board with the slices slightly overlapping. Put a chicken breast on top of the bacon. Bring the bacon slices up and around the chicken so the entire breast is wrapped. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts and bacon.
  7. In a large oven-proof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Get the pan and oil hot, and then add the bacon-wrapped chicken and cook until the bacon is crispy on both sides, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake, until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 to 18 minutes.
  8. Salad:
  9. Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil. Season the salad with salt, and pepper, to taste. Put the arugula and fennel into a large bowl and toss until well coated.
  10. Scoop some risotto nicely into the center or each plate, making sure it has some height so the chicken can stand up. Cut the chicken on a bias and put on top of the risotto. Drizzle some of the red wine sauce around the plate and directly over the chicken. Top each plate with some arugula salad and serve.
  11. Three Cheese Creamy Risotto:
  12. Cook's Note: Risotto is a dish that requires a lot of stirring, but it's worth it! The more you stir and pay attention to it the better it will taste.
  13. Heat a large pot (wider is better than taller) over medium heat and add the olive oil and pancetta. Cook the pancetta until it begins to crisp, and then add the garlic and shallots. Cook the shallots and garlic until they begin to brown in color. Add the rice and stir well to coat. Cook the rice for 1 minute.
  14. Add wine and stir well. Stir the rice until the wine is almost completely absorbed. Add in some chicken stock until rice is just covered and stir again until the stock is absorbed into the rice. Continue to gradually add the stock, stirring well after each addition, until the rice is cooked through, but still has a bite. You may not use all of the stock.
  15. When rice is cooked, stir in the cheeses and basil. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Season with salt, and pepper, to taste. The risotto should be smooth, creamy, rich, and delicious.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1430.86 Kcal (5991 kJ)
Calories from fat 849.04 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 94.34g 145%
Cholesterol 224.5mg 75%
Sodium 2205.02mg 92%
Potassium 1396.69mg 30%
Total Carbs 75.54g 25%
Sugars 12.88g 52%
Dietary Fiber 4.42g 18%
Protein 63.82g 128%
Vitamin C 14.5mg 24%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 7%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Calcium 276.9mg 28%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 183.63 Kcal (769 kJ)
Calories from fat 108.96 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.11g 145%
Cholesterol 28.81mg 75%
Sodium 282.98mg 92%
Potassium 179.24mg 30%
Total Carbs 9.69g 25%
Sugars 1.65g 52%
Dietary Fiber 0.57g 18%
Protein 8.19g 128%
Vitamin C 1.9mg 24%
Iron 0.2mg 9%
Calcium 35.5mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 35.7
  • 38

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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