Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lena Mae's Chicken

Lena Mae's Chicken

   This recipe is a concoction by my mother-in-law, Lena Mae.
She is an excellent cook and homemaker.  She cooked for her spouse, four sons, and a houseful of farm hands each day. Later in life she worked for many years in the food service industry as a restaurant manager and in the catering business. 
 She was inspired to come up with this by Outback Steak House
"Alice Springs Chicken", but this is decidedly American and I like it better!
Thanks Ma!  

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 lb bacon
1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's original barbeque sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
rectangular baking dish
Cajun seasoning or Season All
2 Tbsp olive oil
Plastic wrap
meat mallet
cutting board

Pre-heat oven to 400*
Fry bacon until limp placing on a plate covered with paper towel to drain
Place chicken breasts wrapped in plastic wrap on cutting board and pound
with meat mallet until flattened and tenderized.
Remove and discard plastic wrap.  Cut each portion  of tenderized chicken breast 
to about the size of a deck of cards.

In a large skillet add olive oil and place chicken breast portions. Heat to high
Shake on salt, pepper, and Cajun spice. 
Sautee' chicken until breast portions are golden brown on each side.

Place dollops of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce in bottom of baking dish
Add chicken breast portions. Slather each generously with barbeque sauce to cover.
Add bacon strips over each piece of chicken.

Bake in 400* oven for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and add shredded cheddar cheese to each portion to top.
Place back in oven and bake for additional 5 minutes.

Serves 6

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