Applewood Smoked Bacon-Crusted Chicken
The great thing about bacon is that everyone loves it and a little goes a long way to enhance a dish. You don't need to pile it on to get huge flavor. I mean, look at the calories and fat in this feast -- it proves that you can enjoy bacon without loads of extra fat or calories.
I love the way the bacon spruces up mild-flavored chicken and keeps the lean meat moist as it roasts. I wanted to create a fantastic presentation so I cut the bacon into little squares and arranged it on top of the chicken, like rooftop shingles. I used applewood-smoked bacon because I like the way the smoky apple flavor (from various apple trees) partners with the chicken and honey mustard. You can use any smoked bacon you want, including hickory or brown sugar.
2 strips applewood-smoked bacon (about 1/4-inch thick), cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Spread 1 teaspoon of the honey mustard over the top of each chicken breast half. Arrange the bacon pieces in slightly overlapping rows on top of the chicken.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the bacon is crisp. If the bacon isn’t as crisp as you would like, place the chicken under a preheated broiler and broil for 1 minute, or until bacon is browned and crisp.
Transfer the chicken to a serving dish and sprinkle the green onions over top.