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Apricot and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Thighs
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Apricot and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Thighs

These juicy Apricot and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Thighs are easy enough for a weeknight family dinner and yet special enough to make when you have company over. Apricots add sweetness without overpowering this savory dish and bacon adds a touch of smokiness.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apricot, Bacon, stuffed chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Mira

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup dried apricots chopped
  • 2 tbsp smoked bacon chopped
  • 1/3 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs or plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp fresh sage finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ - 1 tsp coarse kosher salt
  • 6 chicken thighs boneless and skinless

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Soak dried apricots in a cup of warm water for 10-15 minutes, and then chop them.
  • To create stuffing, combine apricots, bacon, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, sage, and parsley flakes in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix black pepper and salt in a small bowl and set side.
  • Place a chicken thigh, skin side down (where the skin would be), on a cutting board and cover with a piece of wax or parchment paper; pound with a meat mallet or a heavy skillet to flatten the thigh. Place the flatten thigh on a clean plate and set aside. Repeat with each thigh.
  • Lay a flattened thigh on a cutting board skin side down, and sprinkle with salt and black pepper mixture. Spread about 2 tbsp of stuffing on the thigh and press down with your fingers. Carefully roll the thigh and secure the roll with a toothpick. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat with all thighs. Use the leftover stuffing to sprinkle on the top of the stuffed thighs.
  • Bake at 375°F for 40-45 minutes or until a thermometer inserted sideways registers 175°F.
  • Remove the toothpicks and serve hot or cold.

Notes

* Chicken thighs seem to come in a pack of six no matter what the total weight may be. Either way, you should have enough stuffing for 6 chicken thighs. Use the leftover stuffing to sprinkle on the top of the rolls before baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 359mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.2mg