There are those dishes that reading the description alone makes it feel like summer. Fresh avocado on grilled chicken with a warm, oozing covering of swiss cheese sounds like the perfect thing to devour while lounging in the shade with a cold lemonade in hand.
And then we throw some bacon in it and make it the best darn summer you've ever tasted! You bet your bottom dollar we did!
SUNNY BACON-AVO CALIFORNIA CHICKEN
PREP TIME: 1 hour to marinate
COOK TIME: about 35 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory or Maple
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
8 slices bacon
4 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons ground cumin
Salt and pepper
2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced
8 slices swiss cheese
4 tablespoons picante sauce
Pound the chicken to 1/2-inch thickness. We found it helpful for easy clean-up to put the chicken breasts in a large resealable bag and then to pound them out.
Coat the chicken on both sides with the olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Let the flavors sink into the meat for an hour or so.
Meanwhile, cook up that bacon.
Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat, lid closed, to 350 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cook the bacon on a baking sheet on the Traeger for about 20 minutes or until the fat is rendered but the bacon is still pliable.
Turn the heat on the Traeger up to High heat and let it preheat for 10 minutes with the lid closed. Just before cooking, drizzle both sides of the chicken with the lime juice.
Place the chicken breasts on the grill and cook for 8 minutes.
Flip the chicken and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until the meat registers 165 degree F on an instant-read thermometer.
Take the chicken off the Traeger and top each breast with 2 slices of bacon.
Pile on avocado slices and finish with swiss cheese.
Carefully put the chicken back on the Traeger and cook for another minute or until the cheese melts.
Transfer the chicken to a platter and finish with a few dashes of picante sauce.
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