Chicken and turkey rolls

Last week I mentioned that I am learning how to save money when buying groceries. Back in Mexico my dad, being the administrator of the restaurant, was the one in charge of buying food for the house. Every week he would go to Central de Abasto (the largest market on earth that provides food and groceries to one of the largest cities on earth) to buy everything needed for the restaurant and a little bit more for the house. We would only go to the local market or convenience store when we were out of something that was needed right away. The supermarket was an unknown and exciting place that we visited only when there were sales on knitting needles and equipment or threads. My mom loves to knit.

I never paid much attention on how much food cost until recently when our budget got tight. Now I understand why my dad would walk all over Central de Abasto buying from different vendors and why we wouldn’t buy food at the supermarket. His motto was to get the best quality ingredients for the best price. And he was very good at it. Here in Ohio we don’t have markets like that, but I am learning where to buy more for less, without sacrificing quality. That is a hard task!

Anyway, I got several pounds of chicken that was on sale at the Mexican market and froze it. Now I have a lot of chicken, which is always a good thing, and will be posting several chicken recipes. This particular recipe doesn’t require much and I used ingredients that I always keep in my fridge and pantry and I used the ranch salad dressing that I’ve been saving for awhile. This was a delicious dinner and perfect for Frugal Fridays.

Chicken and bacon rolls

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 chicken breasts, flattened
  • 6 turkey bacon strips
  • 2 thick strips queso fresco
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dresssing
  • salt and pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  2. Place 3 bacon strips side by side. Place chicken breast on top and a strip of queso fresco in the top end of the breast. Roll tightly. (See pictures below)
  3. In a heavy skillet fry rolls making sure that the seam side faces down first. Fry until lightly brown.
  4. Transfer rolls to a baking dish and cover with ranch salad dressing. Bake for 40 minutes

¡Buen provecho!



  • So yu are getting frugal, well there is nothingwrong with it, all of us should do it.
    It might be a frugal dish, but it looks delicious and that is really important.

  • This looks perfect enough for guests ben…who woul never know it was cost efficient too:D

  • I never knew that there is turkey bacon. Chicken is not only cheap but also healthy to eat. The dish looks great

  • That looks so tasty, I love bacon wrapped chicken. Sometimes we do it on the bbq.
    The fresh cheese in the middle is a great touch, and it all looks so beautiful and fresh on the bed of greens.

  • wow, i think wrapping the chicken with bacon makes it more flavorful… 🙂

  • These look really tasty. I haven’t seen that fresh cheese before, would goats cheese or mozzarella be better as a substitute?

  • Very timely post Ben, we could all use some cost effective recipes, in this recent economic crisis!

  • Yummm…looks great!

  • Ben, award waiting for you… thanks for all the lovely recipes…

  • I don’t think I’ve ever tried wrapping bacon around anything. I’m sure it would taste great!

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