bacon and blue cheese stuffed chicken breasts

prep time:  10 minutes
cook time:  40 minutes
servings:  4

1 sticks unsalted butter - at room temperature
2 ounces blue cheese - crumbled
2 slices smoked bacon - cooked until crisp and finely chopped
1 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
4 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts
pinch of pepper

1.  in a large bowl, using a rubber spatula, mix the butter, blue cheese, bacon and chives together until combined.  

2.  preheat oven to 425 degrees.  using your fingers carefully loosen the skin from the chicken breasts.  stuff about 1/4 of the blue cheese butter under the skin of each breast, smoothing the skin to evenly distribute the butter over the surface of the breast meat.

3.  put the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet and rub any remaining butter over the skin.  season each breast with a pinch of pepper.  roast the chicken, skin sides up, in the center of the oven until skin is crisped and chicken is cooked through, about 35 - 40 minutes.  let stand for 10 minutes.

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