Bacon Tomato Rice stuffed Chicken Breast is a perfect healthy meal choice. Using a air fryer speeds up cooking time and helps keep the stuffed chicken stay moist and tender. This recipe uses healthy brown rice, fresh tomatoes, with some bacon to added A little extra boost to the flavor profile. Serve this Bacon Tomato Rice Stuffed Chicken with some tomato sauce and choice of green vegetable. Making a wonderful satisfying comfort healthy meal in under an hours time.
Perfecting a rice stuffing:
Choosing the right rice keeping healthy and flavorful is key to successful stuffing. The grocery store has large sections of shelves with all different choices. A big portions of selections are pre-cooked or instant rice. These are good choices if you want quick preparation. But all too often you loose flavor and texture, if you need Stuffing in just minutes take good look these varieties.
The Brown Basmati Rice or Brown Jasmine Rice are too wonderful choices, they are very aromatic and have outstanding flavors. But they have a very long slow cooking time about 45 minutes. Wow 45 minutes to cook rice is too long for most fast paced families. The solution is using the Instant Pot, in about 10 minutes of cooking time and about 15 minutes overall time to make perfect rice. That’s cutting the cooking time down to a third of the time.
Just plain Brown Basmati Rice needs more supporting flavors for the stuffing. Bacon, Tomatoes, Onions and garlic are wonderful flavor boosters. The combination of these flavors transform this into a classic taste often called Spanish Rice or Mexican Rice. Adding just a few spices like cumin, chili powder and some herbs, oregano, cilantro finishes the rice profile.
Fabricating Chicken Breasts:
Fabrication is fancy terminology used if trimming and cutting chicken to meet preparation needs. Sanitation is upmost importance, when handling poultry products. First start with wiping down all areas including cutting boards with sanitizer (1 tbsp bleach with gallon water). Be sure to let the sanitizer stand on surface for 15 to 30 seconds, before wiping dry. Put on some disposable gloves before handing chicken.
Butterfly chicken breasts with sharp knife, a pairing knife or boning knife. Cutting the chicken breast almost in half horizontally, so opens up like butterfly wings. Then place a piece of plastic wrap over chicken and pound with meat mallet until evenly flat. The breast should be about half inch thick, with no holes in meat.
Stuffing Chicken Breasts:
Stuffing chicken breasts is made easy by using a number 12 scoop of the Bacon Tomato Rice Stuffing. Then carefully wrap chicken breasts around stuffing. Be sure to season both sides of the chicken breast with Mexican seasoning. Store bought Mexican Seasoning works out as quick short cut or make your own blend.