Bacon-Wrapped, Walnut and Spinach-Stuffed Chicken with Apple, Celery and Onion Salad

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, July 1, 2014

Aired July 1, 2014

Serves 4
4 ounces walnuts (about 3/4 cup), toasted, cooled and coarsely chopped  
1 8-ounce brick Neufchatel cheese or cream cheese, softened 
1 10-ounce box chopped frozen spinach, defrosted and well-drained 
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
Salt and pepper 
Freshly grated nutmeg 
6 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast, breasts butterflied to open them up like a book
1/3 pound thinly sliced smoky bacon or speck
1/4 tablespoon olive or canola oil, divided 
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoon white wine vinegar 
Rounded teaspoon Dijon mustard 
Rounded teaspoon honey 
1 crisp apple, thinly sliced 
4 ribs celery with leafy tops, thinly sliced on bias 
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 
4 cups watercress 
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Combine walnuts with soft cheese, spinach, garlic, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and divide cheese mixture among the breasts. Close the chicken breasts over filling. Wrap the chicken with bacon or speck, slightly overlapping the slices.
Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon oil and lightly brown chicken on all sides. Transfer skillet to oven and bake 15-20 minutes to cook through.  
While the chicken is in the oven, whisk up lemon juice, vinegar, Dijon, honey and remaining olive oil. Combine apple, celery, onions and greens with dressing and season with salt and pepper.  
Serve stuffed chicken with salad alongside.