Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 to 1 1/4 lbs)
4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
2-oz. sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 4 pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

With a sharp knife, cut a pocket into the thickest side of each chicken breast. Stuff each half with 1/4 of the bacon and a piece of cheese.Seal with a toothpick. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and paprika.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook 4 minutes per side, until browned. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Remove from skillet and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.

Stir cornstarch into chicken broth with a fork until dissolved. Add to skillet and bring to a boil, scrapping up browned bits on bottom of skillet. Cook 3 minutes, until sauce is thickened. Add chopped parsley. To serve, spoon over chicken.

Serves 4

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