I’ve been craving bacon for days, now…  I picked up almost 2 pounds at the farmers market the other day and it’s been sitting, nicely wrapped, in the refrigerator ever since.  Tonight, it became a part of dinner.  (Well – four slices did.  The rest was nicely portioned with the FoodSaver and into the freezer it went…)

I had thawed out a couple of really huge chicken breasts (so huge, actually, I should have used one and split it, since we both only ate half tonight…) so chicken was definitely the star, but I needed some supporting players, and bacon, roasted red peppers, and manchego cheese easily filled the bill.

I dredged the chicken in seasoned flour, dipped into egg, and then into seasoned panko bread crumbs. (The basics – garlic, salt, and pepper.)

Into a hot skillet with a bit of grapeseed oil it went.  When the chicken was well-browned, I put it into a 350° oven for about 10 minutes to continue cooking.

I then topped each breast with 2 slices of cooked bacon, roasted red pepper, and thick slices of manchego cheese.  Back into the oven.

In the meantime, I had cubed and roasted potatoes, and steamed broccoli and drizzled it with Victor’s roasted garlic butter.

The flavors really worked out well.  The bacon, pepper, and cheese really worked well with the panko chicken.  Lots of flavors and textures for minimal effort.

And I ate all my broccoli.