It’s getting to be the time of year where I have to get creative with crab. I’m hoping Jon and my dad will have an opportunity to run the trotline for the first time this weekend. I think Andrew will be old enough to go this year, everyone’s excited about that!
I’ve seen this dish on many restaurant menus in our area. Usually a chicken breast stuffed with crab dip or crab imperial, then baked. But you guys know me – I couldn’t leave it at that. So I added bacon and cheddar cheese, as well as using some seafood seasoning to add some flavor to the chicken breasts.
Since the chicken is stuffed, you don’t need a ton of crab meat. A small amount goes a long way in this dish. I know not everyone is as fortunate as me, crab locale wise…trying to look out for you guys! But, if you happened to have some leftover crab dip or crab imperial, you could certainly substitute that in place of the crab filling listed in the recipe.
It was delicious, relatively easy and quick to throw together, and impressive…always a winning combination in my book. Looking forward to summertime here on the Chesapeake Bay!
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
5 strips thick-cut bacon, sliced
1 Tbsp seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay)
4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp kosher salt
For the filling:
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp sour cream
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 oz lump crab meat, picked for shells
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
In a medium skillet, crisp the bacon in a 12-inch skillet until starting to crisp. Remove to paper towel lined plate to drain, and set aside. Leave the pan on the stove, you’ll be searing the chicken breasts in a few minutes.
Prepare the filling by combining cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire, lemon juice and salt. Carefully fold in crab meat until combined.
Season chicken breasts with seafood seasoning. Using a pairing knife, cut a pocket into the center of each chicken breast – about 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. Place 2-3 Tbsp of the crab filling into the pocket of the chicken breast, tucking the top back over the filling and securing with a couple toothpicks. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts and filling.
Bring the pan with the bacon drippings back to medium-high heat. Carefully add the chicken breasts, cooking for about 3 minutes on each side – until brown. Off heat, remove the chicken to the baking dish. Top each breast with cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Place in oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, a thermometer should register 165. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.