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Creamy Bacon Chicken

February 3, 2021 by Chris Collins

These Creamy Bacon Chicken Breasts are dreamy, ultra creamy, quick and easy. Better still, it’s all made in one pan!

Chicken and bacon are a match made in heaven and we’re here today to celebrate that fact. This is the cosiest food you’ll ever make and the perfect addition to your dinner rotations! Follow me…

overhead shot of chicken breasts in creamy bacon sauce in skillet

Preparing Chicken Breast (tips)

First thing you’ll want to do is bring your chicken close to room temp. Frying meat straight out the fridge causes it to seize up and start releasing a lot of moisture. This in turn causes the meat to come out tough and dry. Alongside this you won’t be able to brown the chicken properly because of the excess moisture, meaning you lose out on flavour.

Another tip when prepping chicken breast is butterflying each breast in two to double the quantity. This not only gives you a 2 for 1 kinda deal, but also means the chicken will cook through quicker and more evenly.

In terms of seasoning I keep it really simple for this one. The sauce itself is loaded with flavour and clings to the chicken really nicely. As such just a hefty pinch of salt and black pepper works just fine for the chicken seasoning. Bring out the best in the chicken but not to the point it overpowers the sauce.

Last tip is to use a combo of olive oil and butter to fry. The butter adds gorgeous flavour to the chicken whilst the olive oil helps prevent the butter from burning out.

Process shots: bring meat close to room temp (photo 1), slice in half (photo 2), season (photo 3), add butter and oil to pan (photo 4), add chicken (photo 5), fry both sides then remove (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to prepare chicken breasts

How to make Creamy Bacon Chicken

The sauce itself is an even split of chicken stock and cream. The flavour is deepened by freshly grated parmesan, alongside the fats from the bacon.

What bacon to use?

I like a thick cut streaky bacon. Choosing a thicker cut helps bulk out the dish a little more. Also opt for fattier cuts of bacon (i.e not medallions and definitely not turkey bacon). The fat helps create the base for the sauce.

Lemon Juice

I like to add a very gentle squeeze of lemon juice to the sauce. The sauce itself, as you can imagine is fairly richness. The lemon juice helps cut through the richness without altering the flavour too much. This is optional, but in all cases only 1/2-1tsp is needed.

Shallots vs Onion

I use shallots here, just because they’re a little sweeter than onions. This sweetness helps balance out the salty/richness of the sauce. The difference is minimal though so just use a regular white onion if that’s what you have. Just gently sweat them down to bring out their natural sweetness.

Process shots: add bacon to pan (photo 1), fry until crisp (photo 2), fry shallots (photo 3), fry garlic (photo 4), pour in stock and cream (photo 5), add fresh thyme (photo 6), simmer then stir in parmesan, lemon juice and s&p (photo 7), add chicken (photo 8).

8 step by step photos showing how to make creamy bacon chicken

close up shot of bacon chicken in skillet garnished with thyme

Serving Creamy Bacon Chicken

Once you’ve added the chicken back into the pan just give them a good basting in the sauce then serve up! Here I’ve served with Salt & Vinegar Potatoes and Garlic Green Beans. Lemon Potatoes also go nicely, both are nice and vibrant/acidic which compliments this sauce really nicely. You could also use Roasted Baby Potatoes for something more herby (all Potato Recipes Here). Roasted Broccolini would also work as a great sub for the green beans!

If you’re after another quick and easy creamy chicken recipe check out my Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this creamy bacon chicken shall we?!

overhead shot of chicken breast on white plate served with roast potatoes and green beans

How to make Creamy Bacon Chicken (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of chicken breasts in creamy bacon sauce in skillet

Creamy Bacon Chicken

These Creamy Bacon Chicken Breasts are dreamy, ultra creamy, quick and easy. Better still, it's all made in one pan!
4.63 from 8 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving: 538kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50

Equipment:

  • Large Pan & Tongs
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Jug (for stock & Cream)

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2 large Chicken Breasts, brought close to room temp (approx 9oz/250g each)
  • 5oz / 150g Thick Cut Bacon, chopped
  • 3/4 cup / 180ml Chicken Stock
  • 3/4 cup / 180ml Heavy/Double Cream, at room temp
  • 1/3 cup / 30g freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 Shallots, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, finely diced
  • 2 sprigs of Fresh Thyme, or sub a pinch of dried thyme (no more than 1/4 tsp or it'll be too overpowering)
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice, optional (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, plus more to taste

Instructions:

  • Butterfly your chicken breasts right through the centre to make 4 even sized breasts. Coat in 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4-1/2 tsp pepper and rub into the meat.
  • In a large pan over medium-high heat add 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil. Add chicken breasts and fry both sides until golden, with the centre cooked right through. Remove and place to one side.
  • Lower heat to medium and add bacon. Fry until it turns nice and crispy. Drain excess fat if needed (a couple tsp worth is great for flavour, too much and the sauce will be greasy) and add in shallots. Continue frying until the shallots soften and begin to brown, then add garlic and fry for another 1-2mins.
  • Pour in chicken stock and cream, then add thyme and give it a stir. Turn heat to low and gently simmer for 5mins, or until the sauce starts to thicken slightly. Stir in parmesan then add a very gentle squeeze of lemon juice and salt & pepper to taste. Don't go overboard with the lemon, this is just to cut through the richness of the sauce. Give it a final stir and simmer for another couple of minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Add in chicken breasts and baste in the sauce. Serve up and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Chicken - I prefer chicken breasts for this recipe but you could use thighs if you fancy! In both cases it's important to bring close to room temp or the meat will seize up and dry out.
b) Lemon Juice - This is purely to cut through the richness of the sauce, not necessarily to add flavour. I find 1/2 - 1 tsp does the trick so you won't need much. If you don't find the sauce too rich at all you can leave this out! 
c) Serving - This goes beautifully with either my Salt & Vinegar Potatoes or Lemon Potatoes, both are nice and vibrant/acidic which compliments this sauce really nicely. You could also use Roasted Baby Potatoes for something more herby (all Potato Recipes Here). I also serve with Garlic Green Beans but Roasted Broccolini also works well.
d) Calories - whole recipe divided by 4 (no sides).

Your Private Notes:

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Bacon Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 538 Calories from Fat 372
% Daily Value*
Fat 41.34g64%
Saturated Fat 13.925g70%
Trans Fat 0.083g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.694g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.241g
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 696mg29%
Potassium 677mg19%
Carbohydrates 4.34g1%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 1.99g2%
Protein 36.21g72%
Vitamin A 838IU17%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 0.87mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Iridian Verdin
    March 30, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    5 stars
    I really want to try this !!! What can I substitute for the chicken stock, i don’t have any at home right now :(!!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 31, 2022 at 10:36 am

      Unfortunately chicken stock is quite a key ingredient and I have tried it without, so I couldn’t say for sure!

  • Reply
    Glenn Hazelwood II
    March 13, 2022 at 12:53 am

    5 stars
    great tasting and extremely easy to achieve great results.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 13, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      Glad to hear it went down well, Glenn! 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle
    November 2, 2021 at 2:32 am

    4 stars
    I love this recipe ive made it a few times now and for some reason the sauce doesnt get thick! ): i dont know what i am doing wrong

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 2, 2021 at 11:11 am

      It definitely will thicken, just keep simmering away. The acidity from the lemon will also help thicken the sauce. Hope this helps! C.

    • Reply
      Glenn Hazelwood II
      March 13, 2022 at 12:55 am

      don’t forget the parmasan cheese…and equal amounts of chicken stock and heavy whipping creme.

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    Katie Brummell
    August 29, 2021 at 1:26 am

    4 stars
    Very good, easy to make. I folded in gnocchi into the sauce and topped it with the chicken.
    Tips I would suggest: this dish is on the salty side, there really is not need to add more salt to the sauce the bacon adds enough. I prefer my bacon to be crispy and once you add the liquid the bacon gets chewy, next time I’m going to cook extra bacon and reserve it and crumble it on top with the chicken for an added crunch.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 4, 2021 at 10:48 am

      Sounds like a great idea keeping it crispy! Thanks so much for the review 🙂

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    August 23, 2021 at 1:30 am

    5 stars
    Another one who saw this on Tiktok. I saw it this morning while I had chicken thawing for dinner. I had everything except shallots – white onion was a good replacement. The whole family loved it and are already asking when I’m going to make it again. That sauce is divine.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 25, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      So happy to hear it went down well with the family! Thanks so much for popping back and leaving a review 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathy
    August 19, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Saw this on Tik Tok, found your page on the internet and then tried this recipe with the salt and vinegar potatoes (and green veg on the side). Was absolutely amazing! Will be doing it again for guests next time as very impressive. Full of flavour and so delicious.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm

      Great to hear, Kathy! Thanks so much for popping back and sharing your thoughts 🙂 C. x

  • Reply
    Kevin
    August 16, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    I made this and it was a big hit. I wonder if you could expand the amount of sauce and fold in some spaghetti to the pan and put the chicken on top – or dice it and add it back??

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 19, 2021 at 6:59 pm

      You could certainly give it a go! I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. You can use the servings toggle in the recipe card to adjust the measurements if you need. Let me know how it goes 🙂 Chris.

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    Matt
    August 14, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    4 stars
    Gave it a go this evening – big hit with the family. Nice work dude.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 16, 2021 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks Matt!

  • Reply
    Dan
    August 14, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    5 stars
    Saw this on TikTok the other day, I’m going to try it tonight. Thanks Chris!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 14, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      That’s awesome to hear, Dan! Hope it goes down well 🙂

  • Reply
    Sharon
    August 10, 2021 at 9:06 am

    5 stars
    This was so good and SO easy to make! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 10, 2021 at 9:37 am

      Great to hear, Sharon! Thanks for the review! C.x

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