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Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Rigate is Richly flavorful. Cheesy Sauce smothers Penne Rigate pasta, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and vegetables. Partner this with bacon wrapped chicken Thighs to make a heavenly dinner.

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Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Rigate

Organic chicken is so worth the cost! High though it is. Organic, pasture raised chicken is much healthier for you than conventional. The reasons why may surprise you! The recent studies are showing that, as you might have guessed, organic chicken is lower in toxins than conventionally grown chicken. But did you know that organic chicken is also more nutritionally supportive of your health than conventional chicken? Wh Foods has an excellent article on the increased nutritional value of Organic Pasture raised chicken for your family. Since Chickens are omnivores they require all the diversity of a pasture diet, not just grass, to maximize their own health, And yours!

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We also use natural bacon. We feel good about making healthy choices and eating well. For us, living a healthy life is so worth it! If you are looking to find local growers and suppliers for your organic meats, look here or here. But also contact your local food coop. Even feed stores in your area may know who they sell organic food to.  Try organic chickens roasted. So Yummy!

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We do raise our own chickens. Our eggs are sublime! My husband adamantly REFUSES to eat our chickens. He was so upset. He could not eat that ornery bird! His Old hens live a blissful chickens life in their coop and pasture with our younger hens. They nibble the best bits off our property for several hours every day and then are tucked safely away in their roomy chicken pen and huge chicken run. He is a good chicken daddy 🙂

Chickens in the chicken run we built for them. http://homemadefoodjunkie.com

Hens enjoying a cucumber treat in the chicken run

So I’m also out there looking for the best value I can find in organic chicken. And it is spendy! Last time I bought a large economy pack of organic chicken thighs. split the package into small servings and froze it. Time to reduce our meat budget a bit and keep the meal healthy!

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Rigate is an excellent use of good quality organic meat. I’m not a huge fan of chicken thighs. They were EXCELLENT in this recipe. I hope you try it and let me know in the comment section what you think. This was one of those brainstorm recipes where I just kept getting ideas and throwing them together. I’m so pleased with how it turned out!

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Rigate

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Rigate is SO delicious!

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Rigate:

The cheese sauce is such a good addition. A bit of irony here. I just told how important healthy eating is…this recipe is pretty fattening with the cheese sauce. Very good flavor! But if you want to watch the calories be skimpy with the sauce!

  • Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta according to directions.
  • Cook the noodles to al dente, drain them and toss them with olive oil. Set aside in a large serving bowl, covered to keep warm.
    (For the Chicken)
  • Meanwhile, Melt coconut oil in a large skillet on medium low heat.
  • Wrap the chicken with bacon and hold the bacon on with skewers or toothpicks.
  • Place the bacon covered chicken in the skillet and cook covered on medium heat for 10 minutes.
    (for the sauce)
  • In a two-quart pot on low heat, place all the cheeses and the heavy cream. Cover and let warm until all the cheese is melted,
  • stirring occasionally to ensure no sticking. Once the cheese is melted, stir the sauce until it is smooth and thick but pourable sauce.
  • Add the sliced onions and mushrooms to the chicken.
  • Cook covered for until the onions are a bit browned.
  • Turn the chicken over, add the chopped broccoli, tomatoes, carrots and cauliflower to the skillet and cook until chicken and carrots are completely done.
    Remove chicken to a serving plate.
  • Add veggies to noodle bowl.
  • Pour the cheese sauce into a serving dish.
  • Serve plated with bacon wrapped chicken, vegetables and noodles on a plate. Pour on the cheese sauce and garnish as desired.

 

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Rigate
Yield: 6 servings

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Rigate

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Rigate is Richly flavorful. Cheesy Sauce smothers Penne Rigate pasta, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and vegetables. Partner this with bacon wrapped chicken Thighs to make a heavenly dinner.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. package organic penne Rigate
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 Cup marinated dried tomatoes
  • 1 Cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 Cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 Cup baby carrots
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 Cup shredded swiss cheese
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 Cup pepper jack cheese
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasonings
  • Parsley or cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta according to directions and toss with olive oil
  2. Set aside in a large bowl

For the Chicken:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a large skillet on medium low heat
  2. Wrap the chicken with bacon and hold the bacon on with skewers or toothpicks
  3. Place the bacon covered chicken in the skillet and cook covered on medium heat for 10 minutes

For the sauce:

  1. In a two quart pot on low heat, place all the cheeses and the heavy cream. Cover and let warm until all the cheese is melted, stirring occasionally to ensure no sticking
  2. Once the cheese is melted, stir the sauce until it is smooth and thick but pourable sauce
  3. Add the sliced onions and mushrooms to the chicken skillet
  4. Cook covered for until the onions are a bit browned. Turn the chicken over, add the chopped broccoli, tomatoes, carrots and cauliflower to the skillet and cook until chicken and carrots are completely done
  5. Remove chicken to a serving plate
  6. Add veggies to a large bowl with the noodles
  7. Pour the cheese sauce into a serving dish
  8. Serve plated with chicken and noodles on a plate and sauce poured over as desired

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 1030Total Fat 82gSaturated Fat 44gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 33gCholesterol 337mgSodium 737mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 4gSugar 9gProtein 51g

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Susie

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Hi Diane -

I'm looking for easy, cost-effective, but healthy recipes for the older patrons at the VFW. I'm thinking I'll give this a try soon.

Can I bake the bacon-wrapped chicken in the oven rather than a grill? I'd be making around 70 servings and it would be much easier.

I'm gonna go through a lot of your recipes and put them on our weekly menu. I'm also thinking to print out your photos and website link so they can look up future recipes.

Love your website! ?

Diane

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Hi Susie, I think your seniors at the VFW hall would love this recipe! You can bake the chicken if you wish. While it's baking make the cheese sauce and veggies. It should go together fine at the end. I'm so honored you are planning to use our recipes for your menu! I appreciate the link back and you not publishing the entire recipe. Have a great day!

swathi

Monday 29th of February 2016

Delicious, Love to try it, Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning. s

homemadefoodjunkie

Monday 29th of February 2016

Thanks you Swathi! Enjoy!

Adri

Monday 22nd of February 2016

I completely agree with you about organic chicken being worth the price. Once I learned about the industrial chicken growing business - all of its horrors and cruelty - well, I was off chicken for quite some time. I do not mind paying more for what is surely a superior product, and for birds that live a decent life. Thank you for the tip on Fat Pig Farm. I will check them out. And that is quite a story about teh aggressive rooster. I am with your husband though. I do not think I could have eaten the bird either!

This dish sounds absolutely delicious. I know my family will enjoy it.

homemadefoodjunkie

Monday 22nd of February 2016

Thank you Adri! This is a really tasty meal! I've been horrified by what I've been paying people to do to the animals I eat. I'm so glad we are gaining a greater awareness of mass production of meat processes, and their problems. The solutions are out there in good local organic farming. Have a great day!

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