Thursday, March 18, 2010

Grilled Chicken Rio Grande

Here's a favorite dish I wanted to share.  My husband makes this and it is so dang good! He calls it Rio Grande Chicken. It's a chicken breast stuffed with chopped onions, jalapenos, cheese, then rolled up, wrapped in bacon and grilled. It is delicious. You can make a couple of these and slice them into medallions and serve as an appetizer or as a main course.

Shawn's Grilled Chicken Rio Grande

1/2-3/4 Cup finely chopped onion (yellow or white, about 1/2 large onion)
1/2-3/4 Cup finely chopped jalapeno (Shawn uses them from the jar)
1- 1 1/2 Cup shredded cheese (Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, or Monterey Jack)
6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded to about 1/2" thickness with a meat mallet
12-16 slices smoked bacon

1)  You'll want to pound your chicken breasts out to about 1/2" thickness and then sprinkle with even amounts of onions and jalapenos and then some cheese.
In case you're wondering, the black marks on the heavy plastique cutting board are grill marks, yes grill marks. That was one of Shawn's early experimentation's with cooking.  It didn't work out for him (or me, or the kids)...but the board does still serve its intended purpose.

2)  Roll the breast up 

 3) Take 2 bacons strips and wrap around each rolled up chicken breast, tucking in the breast at the ends to prevent the fillings from coming out during cooking

4) You'll need to use toothpicks to secure the bacon to the breast, holding in the fillings.  Don't forget to tuck a bit of the breast under the outside end and use a tooth pick there to close it.

5) Continue this process with each chicken breast until you've got them all put together

6)  Now you're ready for the grill.  Shawn said that because of all the bacon fat that you really need to watch the grill as the grease drips into the coals...just keep an eye on them...we don't want a fire!

7) Cook until done allowing the bacon to get nice and crispy.
We have finished cooking inside in the oven or  microwave for a minute or two after bringing them inside, if they aren't done all the way through.  They are so thick and large once filled, rolled up and wrapped that it's hard to get them cooked on the grill all the way through without totally charring the bacon.

8) Remove toothpicks before serving.
This dish is as delicious and looks very impressive.   I'm hungry for this now!

Until next Foodie Friday, I hope you all get a chance to try this one out, or plan to.  We'd love to hear from you and know what you think if you do.  Shawn has made it for several guests who have each oooohhhed and aaaahhhhhed over it, and of course he always has his audience of 7 ready and willing to give our verdict...GUILTY (of a delicious, grilled chicken dish).

Hope you all are having lots of nice Spring weather wherever you may be....


  1. Nancy that looks great and I am anxious to try it on the grill once it hits springs. Joni

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  3. OH, this looks absolutely yummy. I'll be right over for one right off the grill!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  4. Wow, I think my husband would love that too!

  5. Nancy, These roll ups look wonderful! I am always looking for grilling recipes. I can imagine how wonderful the chicken, bacon and stuffing tastes from the grill! Great tutorial. Thanks so much for this keeper!

  6. Great way to add variety to chicken breasts.

  7. Putting this on my W-Mart list right now...thanks for sharing! It is sooo wonderful to see a MAN cooking! Count your blessings! :)


  8. Nancy, thanks for visiting. I am so glad to have found your blog, I think I will enjoy following. I love your recipes ideas and all your beautiful dishes. Smiles, Marla

  9. This looks wonderful. Can't wait to try. With the weather warming up hope to be grilling soon:)

  10. Beautiful photos, great recipe. Thank you for the pattern/name of my transferware. I hope you have a great weekend!

  11. I am printing this out right now- this looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing
    xoxo pattie

  12. Chicken and cheese and bacon? Yes, please!

    And the chicken looks amazing and moist, too.

    I'm craving this now. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Yum! That looks really good! :-)

  14. As I started reading this, I thought, "Ooo! I love rolled chicken!" and then I saw that you grilled it, too. YUM YUM YUM!!! The combination of flavors you have going there is fabulous

  15. Nancy, this looks delicious! I'm going to give this recipe a try. I think my husband is going to want to thank you and your husband. laurie

  16. Oh my goodness, that looks fancy and fabulous!

  17. This makes my mouth looks absolutely divine! I could only hope that mine would turn out as good as your husbands! ;)

  18. Oh, how delicious this looks! Suddenly I'm feeling hungry!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. Hope to see you again this week!

  19. Just stopping by to let you know that I'm featuring you for Friday Favorites this week. Come by and get a "Featured" button if you like!

  20. Oh this looks really yummy. I would like to try this sometime.

  21. Wow, this recipe looks so delish! Thank you for linking it to the Recipe Share Party. I am going to feature it in tomorrow's post. Feel free to grab a featured button if you'd like. I can not WAIT to try this one out.



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