A base recipe for baked bacon wrapped chicken stuffed with cream cheese and chives. Make it as written or add more flavors – customize it however you like!

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About Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

It’s been a bit of a chicken week here at my house, but that’s nothing new. Chicken breast is my go-to dinner option when I’ve got nothing else up my sleeve and this bacon wrapped cream cheese stuffed chicken is one of my new favorites!

All that being said, though, when it comes to a fast dinner option… it’s usually either chicken breast and Tuna Helper at our house.

Hey, no judging!

And because of this, I’m constantly looking for new ways to cook and prepare my beloved chicken. Last week’s honey balsamic chicken was absolutely amazing and pretty hard to top, so this time around I wanted to spice things up by going in a completely different direction.

And by “different direction” I mean I added bacon.

Around the chicken.

Behold: baked bacon wrapped chicken breast!

The best recipe for cream cheese stuffed chicken.

Being the chicken connoisseur that I am, I can’t count how many recipes I’ve tried that use cream cheese in some way.

Chicken and cream cheese is a very popular combination, but in most cases, the cream cheese is only there to provide a creamy texture. The flavor always seems to be handled by some other blend of herbs and spices, completely overshadowing the tart cream cheese.

That’s not the case with this recipe!

The cream cheese flavor is front and center in this stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon, with the bacon (mm, bacon!) and chives only enhancing it.

Even I, the Chicken Recipe Master that I am (that title’s still available, right?) was surprised by how flavorful baked bacon wrapped chicken breast could be.

An easy recipe for bacon wrapped stuffed chicken.

Kinda makes me wonder why I’ve been treating cream cheese so badly all these years, because the cream cheese simply made this dish.

I can’t make any promises, but I hope this is just the start of more bacon wrapped stuffed chicken recipes in this food blog’s future!

Because that’s why you’re here, right?

Bacon and chicken?

I mean, maybe you get a kick out of my corny jokes – and bless your heart if you’re nodding your head right now – but I think we both know the truth.

My armature comedy hour is nothing compared to stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon.

And that’s okay.

I’d pick the baked bacon wrapped chicken, too.

Can you use chicken thighs instead?

Yes, you totally can! As long as they’re boneless and skinless, you can substitute chicken thighs for the chicken breasts in this recipe.

Notes & tips for this baked bacon wrapped chicken

  • In the recipe instructions, I say to use a meat tenderizer to flatten the chicken breast, but you could use any utensil that’s sturdy & heavy but isn’t breakable. For example, the video above uses a standard rolling pin.
  • And speaking of flattening the chicken breast, make sure the surface you do this on isn’t breakable. I have to be careful with this because my kitchen has a tile counter and the tiles could easily break. If you’re unsure about your surface, place a wood cutting board on top to help absorb some of the impact.
  • Be creative with this recipe! Experiment with different fillings like meats (more bacon?) or veggies (like spinach).

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How to make bacon wrapped chicken

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Cook the bacon so that it starts to curl and turn red but is still a little on the soft side. The goal is to get the benefits of frying while keeping the bacon flimsy enough that you can work with it. Don’t worry about it being undercooked – this dish will be cooked in the oven, so it will finish cooking that way. Once the bacon is ready, set the strips on a paper towel-lined plate until ready to use.

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Step 2 – Place chicken breast in a bag, then use a meat mallet or rolling pin to flatten the chicken until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Like the bacon, set the chicken aside for now.

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Step 3 – In a medium bowl, add cream cheese and chives. Give it a few stirs to mix everything together.

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Step 4 – Move the prepared chicken breasts to your workspace. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top, then roll the chicken up, starting with the smallest end first.

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Step 5 – Once the chicken is rolled, lay three slices of bacon on top. Wrap the bacon around the chicken, tucking the ends of the bacon underneath.

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Step 6 – Transfer the prepared bacon wrapped chicken to a baking dish.

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Step 7 – Bake!

Step 6 – Serve end enjoy!

How to make baked bacon wrapped chicken.

Recipe Details

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken! A base recipe for baked bacon wrapped chicken stuffed with cream cheese and chives. Make it as written or add more flavors - customize it however you like! | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.65 from 158 votes

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

15 mins prep + 35 mins cook
364 kcal
Yields: 8 servings
A base recipe for tender chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese and chives wrapped tightly within crispy bacon. Make it as written or add more flavors!

Ingredients 

  • 2 lb chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 12 slices bacon, (3 pieces per chicken breast)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until it begins to curl and turn red - you want it to be partially cooked but still flimsy. Place bacon on a paper towel while preparing other ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and chives. Set aside.
  • Place chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer, flatten chicken breasts until they're about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Spoon a portion of the cream cheese mix and spread it in the center of the chicken breast, keeping at least a 1/2 inch gap from the edges clear.
  • Starting with the smallest end, roll up the chicken breast. With the seam side of the chicken facing up, wrap pieces of bacon around it so that the ends of the bacon are tucked beneath the chicken. Wrapping this way should secure the bacon and keep the chicken wrapped. If needed, use toothpicks to help keep the chicken wrap together.
  • Place chicken in a 9x13 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Turn oven to broil for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon. If desired, sprinkle more fresh chopped chives on top.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 443IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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107 comments

    • Katie

    This will sound silly, but are the nutrition facts listed for one chicken breast wrapped and filled or for all the chicken breasts? Thanks!!

    • Rene

    I used thin cutlets, put mixture on one, Italian seasoning and mozzarella shredded in the mixture to spread. Covered with another thin cutlet. Rolled with 4 pieces of bacon. On 350 shallow pan turn down after short time, bacon cooks without precooking. Excellent recipe thank you.

    • Ken
    • 5 stars

    Easy but delicious recipe, thank you. I would make one change, mascarpone cheese, instead of cream cheese, will give it a more buttery flavor. Though, it is a great recipe, it tastes time consuming, but can be prepped quickly. I even made this for my mother last Mother’s day.

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    • Kandy
    • 5 stars

    One of my favorite recipes. I usually cut a pocket in the chicken breast and stuff the cream cheese mixture in it, then wrap with bacon. Bake with the pocket opening up. helps keep the cheese in.

      • Heather

      That is exactly how I planned to cook them tonight!!!

        • Debbie Kazimour-Fantauzzo

        How long to you bake the chicken if just pocketing a thick breast?

      • Michael
      • 5 stars

      Ha I butter sauteed mushrooms and onions and minced garlic, and a lil parsley! Mixed with my cream cheese and added bacon, a little shredded mozzarella and parmesan. Stuffing tastes awesome! I’d serve it with wheat things too!

        • Samuel Yovan

        I always season the chicken, black pepper, seasoning salt and garlic powder. I add chopped jalapeno peppers and the same seasoning as the chicken. Server with cream cheese mashed potatoes

      • Brenna

      I just made something similar tonight, I used chive onion cream cheese, put lemon pepper on the breast, wrapped in bacon then put garlic powder and hot sauce on it. They are in the oven now, can not wait for dinner!!

      • Christina
      • 5 stars

      What is a good side dish for recipe? Would rice or potatoes go good with ?

        • Amanda

        I made asparagus for a side dish.😀

          • Elaina

          I am making a salad and mashed potatoes

            • James Allen
            • 5 stars

            Add butter to the dish in the oven, then put the chicken and sauce from the baking dish on top of white rice…amazing..

            • Lisa

            I slices potatoes in rounds. Put in iron skillet sprinkled with onion soup mix. Bake on 375 oven covered til done. I do about 30+35in sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and put back in oven til cheese is melted. And….EAT UP!!!

              • Lisa

              Oops …uncover until cheese is melted….

            • Danielle
            • 5 stars

            This recipe sounds SO GOOD. Bacon and cream cheese? I’m sold. Love it so much!

            • B J Angle
            • 3 stars

            Although we really enjoyed this recipe there were definitely some things missing that I would do next time. First, the chicken needed to be salt and peppered after pounding. Secondly, I would pan sauté them to give them some color before putting in the oven. Finally, I agree with several others, I would add some other grated cheese to the cream cheese mixture.

              • Erica L Johnson

              Try covering with hollandaise before serving.

            • Mischelle
            • 5 stars

            I mixed avocado with my cream cheese! Delicious!

            • Bonnie
            • 5 stars

            I used to make this but instead of chives in the cream cheese, try tarragon.. it’s delicious!

            • Srena Stair
            • 5 stars

            I actually tried and experimented with this recipe. Instead of chicken marinated in cheese, I added mayonnaise (because that’s my fav! ;)) and dry-roasted the chicken before marinating. Then I wrapped bacon around it and followed the rest of the recipe. I must say it didn;t turn out as I expected, but it still was a pleasure to work on it. Fabulous recipe, dear, and I’m going to get back to my chicken breasts! Haha!

            • Jeanne Elizabeth Huebner
            • 5 stars

            Can these be frozen before cooking them once they are put together? It makes a big batch. But look sooo delicious! Can’t wait to bake them!

            • Marcia B
            • 5 stars

            I added salt and pepper to the chicken, added fresh chopped rosemary and thyme to the cream cheese and used the precooked bacon. I covered the glass dish I used and cooked it at 375 as instructed for 30 minutes. It was delicious, moist and the only change I would make in the future is that I would add garlic to the cream cheese as well but we like garlic in everything. My an old friend of mine is generally complimentary but was over the top about this dish. He repeatedly said how good this was.

            • ashley

            HELP! Yours are beautiful, mine came out a total mess! I’ve been doing this a while (before I found your wonderful site on pinterest) and the cream cheese oozes all out of mine and all over the pan, hardly ever staying inside. Same with my Jalepeno poppers. Any advice? I normally scrape it off the pan and spread on top but it’s not very pretty that way. I do spinach, green onion and fresh jalepeno with sharp cheddar and cream cheese in mine. Could those be the problem?

              • Chrisy

              Hey Ashley! The cheddar “might” be contributing to the runaway cheese, but overall, it’s a little tricky to get these to bake beautifully. Sometimes the cheese is just going to do whatever it wants 🙂 You could try wrapping a few rounds of baker’s twine around them to help the chicken (and peppers!) to hold their shape while baking. That might be half your battle – the “containers” change shape while cooking, allowing the cheese to run amuck.

            • Tara
            • 3 stars

            I’m just curious if anybody has tried cooking this on the grill? If so did it turn out okay??

            • Christine F Olczak

            Has anyone used boneless chicken thighs? I would think they’d turn out good, too, if pounded flat. I like the additions of garlic & onions and will definitely try this recipe this week!

            • Gina Smitasin

            My sister wraps her boneless/skinless chicken breast in a baggy and towel then drives over them with her car. She doesn’t have time for all the pounding it takes to flatten the meat! I laugh about this because she’s the biggest germaphobe in a family of germaphobes. Stuck at home waiting for the dryer repairman to show up so I can’t get the ingredients. Maybe tomorrow!

              • Carrie

              That is one of the funniest things I have ever read! 🙂

                • Julie

                I know it has been two years, but I just stumbled upon this recipe and that is the most HILARIOUS thing I have ever read! Props to your sis…. my family would send me to the funny farm if I did this (even though it is an excellent idea) <3

              • Misty

              Trying this out! I added a little garlic seasoning & instead of chives I mixed a packet of ranch & bacon bites in the cream cheese & put slices jalapeños then wrapped it in the bacon!!