This classic combination is made BBQ savvy in parcels.
The cream cheese melts almost instantly, while the sweet apricots with a touch of ginger works wonderfully with the crispy bacon. You can use chicken breast too.
- 125g cream cheese
- 6 dried apricots, finely diced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, opened up flat
- 8 rosemary sticks
- 8 strips streaky bacon
- Spray oil
- fruit salsa
- 2 peaches, pitted
- ¼ cucumber, finely diced
- 1 small red onion, finely diced
- 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- 1 lime, juice and zest
1 Combine the cream cheese, dried apricots and ginger, and mash together to form a paste.
2 Lay the chicken thighs flat and place a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture inside each. Lay a piece of rosemary through the centre and roll up around the stick. Wrap each in streaky bacon to help secure chicken into a tidy bundle.
3 Preheat the BBQ, spray the chicken with oil and cook over a low heat, turning occasionally, for 15-20 minutes.
5 Serve the rosemary chicken parcels with the salsa. You can also add with summer greens and new potatoes.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author