One of the most memorable things about MawMaw (my great-grandmother) was her cooking. She lived on Main Street in Baxley, Georgia and was the perfect southern hostess. Whenever we would visit, she would cook up some of the most delicious meals. Unfortunately, most of her recipes were in her head, so we were left to figure out how to recreate them when we got home.
This recipe was. a. hit. We asked her what it was called and she said “…Company Chicken” with a sly smile, proud of herself for coming up with something so quickly. My mother recreated it as soon as when we got home. The next visit when we requested Company Chicken we were served an entirely different (though still very tasty) meal and figured out that she started calling any chicken served while company is over “Company Chicken.” We were glad to have figured out the recipe ourselves!
Jon’s constant request, and his yearly birthday meal without fail, is Company Chicken, blackeyed peas and mashed potatoes. If you’re looking for something that tastes impressive but almost impossible to mess up, this is the recipe for you.
So, here you go! MawMaw’s recipe for Company Chicken.
Chicken breasts (1 per person)
Italian breadcrumbs (1 cup – more if you are doing more than 3 pieces of chicken)
Bacon (you could use turkey bacon, but MawMaw would never)
Sour cream (1 cup – more if you are doing more than 3 pieces of chicken)
Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with foil, then spray with cooking spray.
Pour breadcrumbs and pepper (to taste) on a plate, sour cream on another. Coat chicken in sour cream, then breadcrumbs and place on baking sheet.
Wrap each piece of chicken with a slice of bacon. If you’re feeling really decadent, melt about 1/2 stick of butter and drizzle over the chicken but NOT the bacon or it will burn.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until golden and juices run clear. And enjoy!