Bacon Chicken

Bacon Chicken
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
430 Calories
24g Fat
4g Carbs
48g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 430
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 677mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 48g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 232mg 18%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 427mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy and delicious recipe takes just minutes to make. There are only five ingredients in this recipe (not counting oil, butter, and seasonings), but it tastes like so much more than the sum of the ingredients. Sautéing the chicken breasts in bacon fat adds a ton of flavor. Then the chicken is topped with tender onion, garlic, crisp bacon, and cheese and baked to tender perfection.

You can use chicken thighs in this recipe if you'd like, but increase the number to two to three per person. The baking time may also increase too. Always bake chicken to 165 F as measured with a reliable meat thermometer.

Serve this fabulous dinner recipe with hot buttered pasta or hot cooked rice. A nice green salad tossed with mushrooms and tomatoes would be an excellent side dish, as would roasted asparagus or green beans. You could also serve a fruit salad on the side.

Make extra of this easy recipe―it doubles well―and use the leftovers (bacon, onion, cheese, and all!) in creamy bacon chicken pasta. Yum.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 6 breast boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or colby cheese

  • 2 cups pasta, optional for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook the bacon in a 12" skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 to 6 minutes. Let the bacon cook on the first side until it releases easily from the pan, then turn it. Turn the bacon often as it cooks after that so it cooks evenly. When the bacon is browned and crisp, remove it from the skillet and put on paper towels to drain. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

  2. Pour most of the bacon grease out of the skillet, but don't wash or wipe it. Add the butter and olive oil to the skillet.

  3. Sauté the chicken breasts in this mixture over medium heat, turning once, until chicken is almost cooked and just barely pink in center. The internal temperature should be 150 F. This should take 8 to 10 minutes.

  4. Place the chicken in an ungreased 13" x 9" glass baking dish.

  5. Then cook the onion and garlic in the drippings remaining in the skillet. Cook until the onion is softened, about 5 to 6 minutes, then stir in the salt, pepper, and cooked bacon.

  6. Spoon the onion mixture over the chicken breasts in the baking dish and sprinkle with the cheese.

  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked to 165 F and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.