A low carb cauliflower mash helps to balance out this indulgent bacon wrapped chicken with creamy sundried tomato pesto sauce. Serve with lightly sautéed greens.
This is a pretty versatile meal. Feel free to swap out the cauliflower mash for potato mash or change the sundried tomato pesto for basil pesto.
The brussel sprouts aren’t very well disguised, so if you don’t typically like them you may want to use beans or carrots instead!
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A low carb cauliflower mash helps to balance out this indulgent bacon wrapped chicken with sundried tomato pesto sauce. Serve with lightly sautéed greens.
Preheat oven to 190ºC (375ºF) fan bake. Line a large oven tray with baking paper.
Stir together garlic powder, oregano, paprika and salt. Cut chicken breasts in half (so they are more tenderloin-shaped). Rub seasoning mixture all over chicken, then wrap each piece in bacon. Place on tray and bake for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through.
While chicken cooks, trim cauliflower into florets, place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and cook for 12 minutes, until tender.
Trim any dry ends off broccolini and cut brussel sprouts in half. Heat oil in a large frying pan on medium-high. Stir in broccolini, sprouts and garlic powder, then leave to sit for a minute or two so that they turn nice and golden. Repeat once or twice, until veggies are tender. Reduce heat and keep warm.
Whisk pesto, sour cream and chicken stock mixture together in a microwave safe jug. Microwave for 30 seconds, until warm.
Drain cauliflower well. Roughly mash, then add sour cream, garlic powder and chicken stock mixture. Use a stick blender or regular blender to purée until almost smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Divide mash and greens between warmed serving plates. Top with chicken; drizzle sauce over the top.
WINE MATCH: A Chardonnay or Gewürztraminer.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Ensure bacon is gluten-free. Use gluten-free chicken stock powder and check pesto is gluten-free.
INGREDIENT SWAPS / NOTES: Chicken thighs or tenderloins would be great alternatives to chicken breasts. Broccoli can be used instead of broccolini. If you dislike brussel sprouts, use green beans or carrots instead. Basil pesto can be used instead of sundried tomato pesto.
STORING AND REHEATING: Store individual portions in containers in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.