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Friday, July 25, 2014

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Legs

Jazz up chicken legs, by stuffing them and wrapping them with bacon.


Hun... What's for Dinner? | Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Legs- Chicken legs are stuffed with Garlic Scape-Dill Pesto and wrapped in bacon.


Summer is in full swing and the weather has been gorgeous. We've been cooking on the grill every night we can and enjoying many of our BBQ favourites. But sometimes I get bored with the same ole burgers, dogs and steaks, so I decided to try something different. I wanted to stuff my chicken legs, but knew that once the skin was loosened, it would shrink away from the chicken. I needed to find a way to stop that from happening, that didn't require tons of toothpicks. I had a few slices of bacon in the fridge, so I decided to see if the bacon would keep the skin in place. Pretty great idea right?

I had some Garlic Scapes- Dill Pesto in the fridge, so I decided to stuff the chicken with that. The result was amazing!!! The chicken was so juicy, and the garlic and dill flavour permeated the meat. The bacon and the skin was wonderfully crisp. The kids were totally crazy for these. They both had 2 legs each and when I reheated some for my lunch the next day, they pretty much ate what was on my plate. I'll be grilling chicken legs wrapped in bacon often. It's a fun and easy way to bring those plain ole chicken legs, to a whole new level.


Hun... What's for Dinner? | Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Legs- Chicken legs are stuffed with Garlic Scape-Dill Pesto and wrapped in bacon.



Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Legs

8 chicken legs
4 slices bacon, cut in half
8 tsp garlic scape-dill pesto (or pesto of choice)
salt and pepper

Take the chicken legs and gently separate the skin from the meat, by inserting a finger under the skin and gently pulling on the skin.

Place one tsp of pesto under the skin of each chicken leg. Pull the skin back up over the pesto and meat and wrap with half a slice of bacon. Season with salt and pepper.

Grill over medium heat, turning frequently, until chicken reaches and internal temperature of 165 degrees F, near the bone. Let rest loosely covered with foil for 5 minutes before digging in.

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