Creamy Bacon Chicken
This creamy bacon chicken recipe is a decadent and delicious dinner that’s easy enough for a weeknight and tasty enough for company. It’s ready in about 30 minutes!
I probably don’t have to sell you too hard, but chicken with bacon and cream is a great combo! Even my cream-loathing husband said it was really tasty. The chicken is pan-fried to a golden brown on the outside and when you bite into it, it melts in your mouth. And the bacon… well it makes everything even better.
How to make chicken with a creamy bacon sauce
- Fry the bacon pieces until crispy then take them out of the pan;
- Cook your flour-coated chicken cutlets in the remaining bacon fat until they’re golden on the outside;
- Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, and butter to the pan and let it cook until it’s noticeably reduced;
- Pour the cream into the pan, add the chicken and bacon back in, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. I like to add a sprinkling of fresh parsley, but that’s totally optional.
In order to prevent the bacon cream sauce from tasting too cloying and one-dimensional, I added a touch of lemon juice. The garlic powder added to the chicken at the beginning of the recipe also gives the sauce more depth of flavor. And browning the chicken in the bacon grease makes it extra tasty. Of course.
What kind of chicken to use?
I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts that I butterflied and then cut in half. I find that cutting the chicken this way helps it stay tender and it also cooks faster. You could try chicken thighs or bone-in chicken breasts, but you will have to adjust the cooking time as needed.
Can I substitute the cream for something else?
I always get this question on my cream-based recipes, and the answer really depends on your goals for the dish. I always recommend using heavy cream because the taste, richness, and texture just can’t be substituted in my opinion. Half-and-half or milk will make the sauce end up thinner/more watery, and you may need to make some tweaks like adding more flour or reducing the sauce for longer. Coconut milk/cream will give it a coconutty flavor, and other potential substitutes (sour cream, Greek yogurt, dairy-free options, etc.) could work for you if you’ve tried similar tweaks before, but the taste will definitely be different from the original recipe.
What to serve with creamy bacon chicken?
This dish is quite rich, so I definitely recommend some veggies or a salad on the side. The sauce is scrumptious over potatoes (try these roasted red potatoes or mashed potatoes), rice, or pasta.
Creamy Bacon Chicken
- 6 strips bacon cut into small pieces
- 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
- Flour for dredging
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- Cut the bacon up and add it to a skillet (I use kitchen shears to make this job quick). Fry it over medium-high heat until crispy (about 10 mins). Once the bacon is done, take it out of the pan and set it aside. Leave the bacon fat in the pan.
- Meanwhile, prep your chicken (cut it in half lengthwise so you have 4 smaller cutlets). Sprinkle them with the garlic powder and pepper and then coat them in the flour.
- Add the chicken to the skillet and cook it in the remaining bacon fat over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes/side or until it’s golden. If it starts to splatter a lot, reduce the heat. Once the chicken is browned, take it out of the pan and set it aside.
- Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, and butter to the pan. Let it bubble until it’s reduced by half (about 3-4 minutes).
- Stir in the cream and once it starts to bubble, add the chicken and bacon back into the pan. Cook for another 5 minutes or so until the chicken is fully cooked through and the sauce has reduced to your liking.
I suggest using fairly large boneless/skinless chicken breasts for this recipe since we’re cutting them in half lengthwise. If you have smaller chicken breasts, use 4 of them and leave them intact.