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It’s all about comfort foods

By Ashleigh Noyes
Tribune Columnist

When I feel like winter time hits, so does my craving for some hearty, unhealthy comfort foods. As hard as I try, I can’t keep myself away from most of them. I guess that is why we all pack on a few extra unwanted pounds over the winter too!
This recipe is just a simple baked chicken, with a little extra something. Serve it with a side salad or your favorite vegetable and you have a meal that screams sweatpants and football. Let me know how yours turns out!
For my family I sometimes will leave out the mustard and barbecue sauce and just use bacon and cheese. This recipe is so very simple to accommodate each family’s likes and dislikes.

Cheesy Chicken

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
4 slices bacon, cooked until nearly crisp, and crumble
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350º. Melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken breasts and saute until just cooked; don’t brown. Place chicken on a lined cookie sheet.
Spread a little barbecue sauce, then a little mustard, evenly on top of each breast. Arrange bacon on each breast, then cover all with cheese.
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.