Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing & Cranberry-Apple Chutney


Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing & Cranberry-Apple Chutney is a fun and festive way to enjoy turkey on Thanksgiving!


I humbly present to you my entree recipe for the Breakstone’s Triple Churned Sour Cream Blogger ChallengeBacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing!

In case you’ve just tuned in, I’m in a contest to incorporate Breakstone’s Triple Churned Sour Cream into three family-favorite Holiday/Thanksgiving dishes. My appetizer is Sweet & Spicy Pepper Jelly Dip and I’ll be posting my dessert recipe, Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies, on Sunday!

I’m up against 2 other bloggers for the win and voting starts next Monday. I’ll fill you in on the deets later! Until then, enjoy this twist on the star of the Thanksgiving day table: Turkey!


Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing & Cranberry-Apple Chutney

Serves 4


Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing & Cranberry-Apple Chutney is a fun and festive way to enjoy turkey on Thanksgiving!


  • For the Bacon Wrapped Turkey:
    • 1 10oz boneless, skinless turkey breast
    • salt & pepper
    • 6 slices center cut bacon
  • For the Stuffing:
    • 1 6oz package wild rice mix
    • 2 Tablespoons butter
    • 1 rib celery, chopped
    • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
    • 2 Tablespoons dried cranberries
    • 2 Tablespoons walnut pieces
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • For the Cranberry-Apple Chutney:
    • 1 14oz can whole-berry cranberry sauce
    • 1 small Granny Smith apple, chopped
    • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
    • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
    • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
    • Juice of 1 orange


  1. Prepare wild rice mix according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté celery and onion until soft, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add dried cranberries, walnut pieces and sour cream to the skillet. Heat until sour cream has melted then add cooked wild rice and stir to combine. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butterfly turkey breast by slicing horizontally across the length of the breast, being careful not to cut all the way through, and open like a book. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on top and pound until 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Season butterflied turkey breast with salt & pepper, then mound 1 cup wild rice mixture onto one side of the breast, leaving 1/2 inch clear around the edge. Fold the other side over and secure with toothpicks.
  5. Lay 6 slices of bacon out on a cutting board. Place the stuffed turkey breast in the middle and fold bacon slices over, trimming any overlapping pieces.
  6. Place bacon wrapped turkey breast on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes or until internal stuffing temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  7. Allow turkey breast to rest for 10 minutes. Remove toothpicks, slice and serve!
  8. For the Cranberry-Apple Chutney: Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

American style chutneys usually incorporate fruit, sugar and vinegar (thanks Wikipedia) and my recipe also adds exotic flavors like ginger and garam masala into the mix. So good – give it a try, will ya’?

Voting is now open and I’d so love your support!!! [Edited to add: Contest is now closed!]

With that – I’m to enjoy my FAVORITE night of the week. That’d be Thursday – the last day of my work week and 30 Rock/The Office night!

See ya’!


Do you live close to your family? Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner?

I’m lucky to live less then a MILE from my parents and my brother, sister-in-law and adorable nephew also live nearby. My little brother is in Colorado :( my in-laws are in D.C. :( :( and my extended family is all in Ohio! :( :( :(

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  1. Ah I love those peanut butter pretzels! I go to college about an hour away from my family (literally my ENTIRE family)- so it’s nice, just the right balance ;)

  2. Your dinner looks great!! I need a tofu press.

    I have an extremely small family, and most are out of town. Thanksgiving usually is just about 7 or 8 people at my house. But this year ALL the relatives are flying in for a big thanksgiving bash! I’m so excited..haven’t seen some in 10 years!

  3. shandy (@webgals) 11.11.2010

    I can’t believe those TJ’s pretzels made it a whole week. I’m completely addicted to them now. And have you to thank…(or maybe curse. ;)

    And good luck in your contest. That looks amazing!!

  4. Emily 11.11.2010

    I chuckled like a middle schooler at the phrase “insanely firm.” Thanks for the smile! Also, that chutney sounds amazing! I’m trying to think of other ways to use it, since we’re not really meat eaters in this house.

  5. Liz @ Blog is the New Black 11.11.2010

    All of your food looks so delish! I’m hosting this year, but I’ve got lots of help. I’m lucky because my fam lives close!

  6. kate 11.11.2010

    My parents are in Massachusetts (and I live in Iowa) so I dont usually make it home for turkey day. Luckily my boyfriends family is happy to have me.

  7. I live about 50 miles from my parents, but with the DC/Baltimore traffic it can take up to 3 hours to get home. Crazy huh?

    I love reading your TJ reviews, those peanut butter pretzels are soo addictive. They need a disclaimer!

  8. Ashley 11.11.2010

    My boyfriend’s and my families are both in Iowa, while I’m in Northern Virginia and he recently moved to Central NY. Last year he and I had a quiet, but food infested, Thanksgiving together here, and we’re planning to do the same this year although we might invite a few friends over.

    Have you considered coming out here to visit Ben’s parents? You could have an IGE happy hour; you seem to have a lot of readers out here.

  9. I’m so addicted to the TJs pretzels… mmmmmm.

  10. I’m lucky that my parents are only about 30 minutes away and the hubby’s parents are in the same state (though the opposite side of it.) The rest of my fam is a different story though. A trip down I-65 can hit just about all of ’em though ;)

  11. Kristin from MN 11.11.2010

    I made my first trip EVER to Trader Joe’s today! It was fabulous! I got some awesome loot including those PB stuffed pretzels! And I got the orange chicken you made the other night!
    My parents, grandparents, brother, sister (and brother-in-law and niece) and most of my aunts/uncles all live within 30 miles of me. My littlest brother is away at college at UND so he is the farthest – I think like 5 hours away. I am very blessed to have my family so close! The in-laws are scattered around Minnesota and Texas.

  12. i love those pretzels! yum! and the eats look fantastic as usual. i’ve never hosted thanksgiving. we live 2 hrs from my parents and sister, and 5 hrs from my husband’s family but it’s all drivable so it’s not as bad as it could be. :)

  13. You have me completely hungry now! Yum! Believe it or not, I STILL haven’t made it down to Trader Joe’s. I need to as I am hearing nothing but amazing things about all they have!

  14. Krista 11.11.2010

    Ahh, my boyfriend would seriously love you for that bacon! :P Verynice. I’m so ready for Thanksgiving!

  15. Liz 11.11.2010

    Have you tried the chocolate covered peanutbutter filled pretzels from trader joe’s??they are AMAZING! I just got my bag two days ago and it’s almost gone…

  16. Lauren 11.12.2010

    I am loving your method for cooking fried rice. I need to make this more often. I always forget how easy and delicious fried rice can be.

    Love the THanksgiving recipes. I’ve been doing some research as to what I want to bring to the table this year. Thanks for some great ideas hun!

  17. Rachel 11.12.2010

    Since the vast majority of my family’s in Ohio, we rarely have Thanksgiving with them (9 times out of 10, I have to work the day after anyway). We’ll have a meal with my in-laws (they live in town), but that usually hinges on when my sister-in-law & her family have the time to drive up from Omaha. After we got married, my husband & I decided that we’d do our own Thanksgiving just for us on Thanksgiving Day itself. It makes for a lot less stress (at least for me!) since I just view it as me cooking a slightly fancier/more labor-intensive dinner!

  18. Holy delicious. This looks so good!!

    I am quite lucky to live close to my family. I can’t imagine ever moving away from them!

  19. Lori 11.12.2010

    I live close to the Trader Joe’s in St. Paul and love it! I tend to buy the same things though so I really enjoy reading your reviews of their products and hope for more to come to give me new ideas of what to try :) BTW, their organic red grapes and organic strawberries are the best around.

    I live about 5 hours away from my family (they are in SD). I wish I was closer but at least it is within a weekend visit distance. My bf’s family lives in Omaha so we have to split holidays with our families.

  20. Mich 11.12.2010

    I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving this year. Getting nervous, but I have mapped out the menu and shopping list already. And I made a sweet centerpiece last night – haha. Let’s hope all goes well and we don’t end up eating take out :)

    P.S. Totally stealing your Cranberry Chutney. Thanks!

  21. Casey 11.12.2010

    That turkey looks amazing, Kristin! What a great recipe idea. You always have great ones!

  22. Mellissa 11.12.2010

    I don’t have any family in town but my FIL, BIL, SIL and neice and nephew are nearby. My family all lives about 5 and 1/2 hours away so we don’t see them all that often.

    As for Thanksgiving, we have been traveling for the past 5 years and have enjoyed turkey on another continent.

  23. Miranda 11.12.2010

    That looks amazing!! I cannot wait to make it.

    I like less an a mile from my parents, but the husband’s family lives over 3 hours away, so it always makes the holidays a little stressful :(

  24. dmcgirl 11.12.2010

    TGIF!!! Your bacon turkey roll looks awesome! I just wish I had more time to cook like that… I have to keep it super simple and super fast ’round these parts.

    I live 1000 miles from family, but I have lots of friends and my daughter. My family visits because I live in So. Cal and they like it visit!

    I am looking forward to T-day this year because I am leaving it to the restaurant! Wheeee…. I haven’t done that in years!

  25. lauramich 11.12.2010

    The turkey and the cranberry chutney? Look awesome!

    We live 30 minutes from my BIL, SIL, and niece, an hour and a half from my father, and 3.5 hours from my MIL and grandparents-in-law (and about half a country away from my FIL). Before my mother died, we skipped Thanksgiving with my parents (since it was never a big deal in our family) and just celebrated with his side of the family. But now that my mother’s gone, I feel more of a need to make sure that my dad is included in the holiday. So we’ll be heading to see the ILs on Wednesday afternoon, returning Thursday evening, and then my father will spend the weekend with us. (Last year, we traveled to see both sides, but we were in the middle of moving into our new house and weren’t ready to entertain.)

    So … I’ll be hosting my first Thanksgiving this year. Along with my father, we’ll have a couple of friends who have been staying with us since September. That’s a total of five. Dad doesn’t do turkey and initially asked for steak and potato salad for dinner! (I said Thanksgiving wasn’t a big deal on my side!) I’ve negotiated to beef tenderloin and baked potatoes. I still feel a bit left out of all the turkey talk, as I’m not doing a turkey.

  26. Marg 11.12.2010

    I’m about 3 1/2 hours from my family, my boyfriend is pretty far from his. This year will be our first hosting for his family at our place and my first time with them for a holiday. Kinda nervous!

  27. Caroline 11.25.2010

    I used your turkey recipe for our Thanksgiving today and LOOOVED it!! The bacon makes all the difference. That, along with your roasted brussels sprouts = perfection. Thank you, thank you for the lovely recipes–I am most definitely thankful to have IGE in my life! Hope you’re enjoying your day!

  28. Sarah 11.25.2010

    I made the cranberry chutney for Thanksgiving today and it was FABULOUS!

  29. Tara Bunting 11.22.2012

    I found this recipe when I did a search for turkey breasts. This is the first year my husband and I and our 2 little ones are not traveling to family, yet I wanted to make a Thanksgiving dinner for just the 4 of us. Hence, just a turkey breast. I followed your recipe to a “T”. AMAZING!!!!!! Every last bite, AMAZING!!!! I’m not a cranberry fan, and even love the chutney. LOVE the wild rice stuffing. Our little ones even gobbled. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It now has a permanent place in our home, an will be used more often than Thanksgiving!

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