Gaucho’s Chicken Breast Wrapped with Bacon

A recipe from the South of Brazil.

Chef Edmilson Rodrigues lives and works in Calgary, Alberta where he owns Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue. Gauchos are the cowboys of South America. Heavily influenced by this Brazilian cowboy culture, the residents of the state of Rio Grande do Sul are affectionately called “gauchos”. Chef Edmilson Rodrigues or Ede as everyone calls him, was born in Rio Grande do Sul and it is there, in some of the most renowned barbecue houses in southern Brazil, that he learned the craft of preparing “churrasco”.

As interest in Brazilian Barbeque grew, Ede moved to Japan where he lived and worked in Churrascarias in Osaka and Kobe before he accepted an offer to move to China. In China he worked in several restaurants before setting his sights on Canada.

In 2005 Ede launched a catering business in Calgary. By late 2007 he opened a full service restaurant, where a new group of cowboys came to appreciate the art of Churrasco. YEE HAA!

This is one of the most popular offerings at Gaucho. To make this churrasco dish, use boneless chicken breasts and maple smoked bacon – the mouth watering aroma of the bacon and fresh herbs on the barbecue is amazing.

Ingredients

  • 1 kilo of chicken breasts cut into small rectangular pieces (approx. 4×6 cm)
  • 6 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of parsley finely chopped
  • 8 large cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tblsp of fresh oregano
  • 4 leaves fresh sage finely chopped
  • 2 tblsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tblsp black pepper
  • 2 tblsp virgin olive oil
  • 250g bacon
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1 package of bamboo skewers

How to prepare

Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl for marinating. Add green onions, garlic, parsley, oregano, sage and salt. Pour oil and beer over top. Toss well, cover and refrigerate over night.

Wrap each chicken breast tightly with a slice of bacon. Pierce with a bamboo skewer through the longest side. Place 4 or 5 wrapped pieces snuggly together on each skewer.

Barbecue on a warm grill with low heat rotating sides often. for approximately 20 minutes.

Pour a cold glass of beer and enjoy! Bom Apetite!

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