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All star chicken parcels

Serves   4
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 25-30 mins

These chicken breast parcels are a little something special, wrapped with bacon and ricotta.

  • Chicken
  • Dinner



  • 125g Perfect Italiano Ricotta
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Finely grated zest of ½ a lemon
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon
  • Lemon halves
  • A little pesto thinned with olive oil, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 220°C fanbake and line a shallow oven dish with baking paper
  2. In a small bowl, mix ricotta, garlic, lemon zest, thyme and salt. Cut open each chicken thigh at its thickest edge, spoon a quarter of the ricotta mix inside, then fold over the top half to enclose.
  3. Arrange 2 rashes of bacon in a cross shape and place a filled chicken thigh in the centre. Wrap the chicken with the bacon to create a parcel. Repeat.
  4. Arrange the parcels on the oven dish with the bacon joins underneath. Add lemon halves and thyme sprigs and bake until the chicken juices run clear (about 25 minutes).
  5. Rest for 5 minutes then drizzle with a little thinned pesto to serve.