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Ranch Style Chicken

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This yummy chicken dish is very, very cowboy-friendly, make no mistake about it. It’s hearty, exceedingly flavorful, and not the least bit fancy. Isn’t that what cowboy food is all about?

Ingredients

  • ½ cups Dijon Mustard
  • ½ cups Honey
  • ½ whole (juice Of) Lemon
  • ½ teaspoons Paprika
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • Crushed Red Pepper (optional To Taste)
  • 6 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 pound Thick Cut Bacon
  • Bacon Grease
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese, to taste
  • Canola Oil

Preparation

To begin, make the marinade. In a large bowl mix together ½ cup Dijon or country/grainy mustard with ½ cup honey, juice of ½ lemon, ½ teaspoon paprika, and ½ teaspoon salt and whisk until smooth. Sprinkle in some crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne if you like things a little spicy. Set aside.

Next, rinse the chicken breasts, place between two sheets of waxed paper and pound to around ½ to ¾ inch thick with a mallet. Next, add the chicken to the bowl with the marinade, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours.

While the chicken marinates, fry up some bacon. When finished cooking, reserve ¼ cup of the bacon grease and clean out the skillet.

When the chicken is done marinating, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the chicken from the fridge and pour off excess marinade. Heat half of the reserved bacon grease with an equal quantity of Canola Oil in the clean skillet over medium-high heat. When the grease is nice and hot add two or three pieces of chicken to it. Cook until brownish/blackish, about 1 to 1 ½ minutes per side. Remove chicken to a large baking sheet. If cooking many pieces of chicken, repeat skillet process and remove finished chicken to baking sheet. Place chicken in preheated oven and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from over.

Lay a few pieces of bacon over each chicken breast. Sprinkle shredded sharp cheddar cheese over the top of the chicken as generously as you like. Return pan to oven for an additional five minutes until cheese is melted and bacon is sizzling. Serve immediately.

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hannahsnana on 6.18.2010

Actually, my entire family loved this chicken. My daughter grabbed my printed recipe and went home and made it the next weekend for her in-laws. It is a huge hit. Super simple!!

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jrjarmer on 5.7.2010

This recipe is great. We will be making this again. Thanks!

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marieanne on 4.26.2010

I made this last week. It was a hit! I forgot the cheese at the store (i do that a lot!). It wasn’t overly greasy at all.

I did have trouble cooking the thick bacon like i wanted. It wasn’t super crispy. I’d probably get thin sliced next time or cut the thick slices into little bacon chunks.

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kansaschick on 3.21.2010

I made this for a house full along with your twice baked potatoes and it has been asked for ever since. Thanks for the great recipe, it’s a big hit!

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wannabechef on 2.23.2010

I make something similar – less greasy. I use a bbq dry rub for the marinade. I then mop with bbq sauce and place on a hot grill. When you flip the chicken, top with the bacon and extra sharp cheddar cheese. Delicious!

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Michelle on 6.4.2011

Lots of meat and cheese, perfect for the carnivores I live with.

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mrsadams2007 on 1.25.2011

It does sound amazing, but I didn’t think the pay off was worth it. I might try it again with a spicier marinade. The bacon totally killed the flavor of the marinade and overall, it was a bit too sweet.

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beefisbest on 11.23.2010

This was simple and delicious. I made it for my folks for dinner after they returned from a trip and it was a great treat!

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senoritabonita on 10.14.2010

I thought this was really good, and my boyfriend enjoyed it, too. (He’s usually red meat man!)
I’ll definitely make it again.

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carissaleigh on 7.26.2010

this is actually incredible. my brother ate 2. I make it whenever I have lots of boys to please… for my brothers or my husband when he invites his law school study group over for dinner unexpectedly…

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