Chicken mignon with harissa butter

Searching for dish that looks fancy, tastes delicious (hello, bacon!) and is easy to make? Then chicken mignon with harissa butter from He Needs Food should be at the top of your list. The arbol chiles and charred red bell pepper give the harissa butter gives the dish a delicious kick, while the bacon adds smoky flavor to the chicken.

If you’ve never baked bacon instead of frying, then you’re in for a treat –and actually may never go back to frying! Baking bacon results in perfectly crisp strips and less grease that seems to weigh it down when you fry it.

ALSO TRY: Harissa paste & harissa butter

As the bacon cooks, make the harissa butter. Like other compound butter formulas, start with softened butter. Our recipe consists whipping the butter and mixing in harissa paste and fennel seeds. You can also season chicken with garlic and onion powder, and a small dab of harissa butter before you roll it to take the flavor up a notch.

Baste several times during cooking to keep the chicken moist, and then finish off by broiling for a few minutes until it’s golden brown. Enjoy!

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Prepare bacon

Start by baking four pieces of bacon for nine minutes.

Prepare bacon


Flatten and roll chicken

If your chicken breast is thick, flatten it with a kitchen mallet to make it easier for rolling: place a piece chicken between sheets of parchment paper and pound it with the flat side of a kitchen mallet until thin.

Flatten and roll chicken


Season chicken for Chicken mignon with harissa butter

Season with fresh rosemary leaves and salt and pepper. If you don’t have fresh rosemary leaves, you can use dried rosemary. Just remember that dried herbs are stronger than fresh so you don’t need to use as much.

Season chicken for Chicken mignon with harissa butter


Dress chicken in bacon

Wrap a piece of bacon around each piece and secure with toothpicks.

Dress chicken in bacon


Prepare chicken for the oven

Lay chicken in a dish on top of chopped onion and sprinkle garlic cloves on top.

Prepare chicken for the oven


Ready to bake Chicken mignon with harissa butter

Place a tablespoon of harissa butter and a sprig of rosemary on each chicken breast.

Ready to bake Chicken mignon with harissa butter


Delicious Chicken mignon with harissa butter!

An impressive dinner for a party or night in


An impressive dinner for a party or a night in

Delicious Chicken mignon with harissa butter!


Both elegant and simple to prepare


Look at all that beautiful color and flavor!

Look at all that beautiful color and flavor!

Chicken mignon with harissa butter

Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

Chicken mignon

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken cutlets or thighs 
  • Fresh rosemary leaves
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 slices thick bacon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped into 1/2“ dice
  • 6 cloves of garlic, whole
  • 4 tablespoons harissa butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Place four pieces of bacon on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Cook bacon for nine minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  4. Lay the chicken pieces on a cutting board, scatter rosemary among the pieces and season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Roll the chicken tightly and then wrap the bacon slices around each roll of chicken. Secure with toothpicks.
  6. Coat the bottom and inside of an ovenproof dish with olive oil. Lay the onion in a single layer in the bottom of the dish, scatter cloves of garlic in pan, then set the rolled chicken pieces on top of the onions.
  7. Drop one tablespoon of the harissa butter on top of each roll of chicken, top with a sprig of rosemary and then bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Bast the chicken a couple of times during cooking.
  8. Broil for three minutes until golden brown and bubbling to finish.

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