Barbecue Chicken Bundles

"I got this recipe a long time ago from a Land O Lakes cooking mag. This is excellent for summer BBQ's as a steak or burger alternative. You can also use different types of cheese as well. You can also broil this dish in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, then turn over and cook for 20 minutes. You will need to half cook the bacon first if you broil this dish!"
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photo by Baby Kato
Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Prepare grill: place coals to one side.
  • Heat until coals are ash white.
  • Prepare aluminum foil drip pan, place opposite coals.
  • Make slit in each chicken breast half to form a pocket.
  • Place 1 chunk of cheese in each pocket.
  • Roll each chicken piece into a bundle, and wrap bacon criss cross (2 slices) around chicken.
  • Secure bacon with wooden picks.
  • Place bundles on grill over drip pan.
  • Grill, turning every 15 minutes, for 30 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is fork tender.
  • Baste with barbecue sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling.
  • If crisp bacon is desired, place bacon over direct heat, turning 2-3 times during the last 10 minutes.

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  1. I used Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce to make this recipe. Loved the flavor of the cheese and bacon along with the sauce. Made for one delicious meal. We really enjoyed! Thanks Moosey!
  2. This recipe is OUTSTANDING!!! I baked them instead of grilling them and they turned out perfectly. We loved the oooey gooey cheese and the bacon gave the chicken breasts a great flavor. Topped with the BBQ sauce and you have a meal that will please everyone. Thanks for ANOTHER great recipe, Mooseybear.
  3. Thanks for sharing Mooseybear. I baked ours in the oven, 30 minutes per side. The breasts were wonderful. It did take a little time to prepare, but boy was it worth it. I used sharp cheddar. I followed your instructions and skinned & deboned the breasts, I cut a deep pocket for the cheese, wrapped the bacon around the chicken and secured it with toothpicks. The texture of the chicken was tender, moist and juicy, the bacon melted in your mouth, the melted cheddar was sharp, while the bbq sauce was sweet. We really enjoyed this chicken dish.
  4. I thought this was good. My son didn't go crazy for it, but he ate it which speaks volumes. He hates chicken breasts. I did this lazily...I poured the bbq sauce over the chicken breast and cut bacon into pieces that would cover the breasts and laid them on top of the sauce. I baked this at 350 for 30 minutes and then turned the broiler on for about 3 minutes to crisp the bacon. I pulled it out of the oven and then sprinkled the cheese on. I think next time, I will probably leave the cheese off, as it is just additional calories and I couldn't really taste it. (I only sprinkled about 1/8 cup per breast.) Served with salad, mashed potatoes and french bread slices. I definitely over ate! Thanks!
  5. These were good - made for a birthday dinner for my DH and brother, major BBQ fanatics. I baked them due to the rain outside and only used 1 pc of bacon because I didn't have enough to do 2. They loved them and I liked them... A lot of the cheese ran out into the pan so I'm curious as to how they'd do on the grill. If we did these again we'd probably wait till the end to put some cheese on top instead of wrapping it up in the chicken to prevent the drips. All in all a delicious filling meal. Thanks Mooseybear!


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