Chicken with Lavender and Bacon

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
12 sprigs fresh lavender
8 slices bacon
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place three sprigs of lavender on top of each chicken breast half. Wrap two slices of bacon around each piece of chicken, keeping the lavender inside. Place chicken into a shallow baking dish. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Position the baking dish on the top shelf in the preheated oven, and bake chicken for 20 minutes, turning once. Turn again so the lavender is on top, and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Continue baking 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted and chicken juices run clear.

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