Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon

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This Easy Chicken Brussels Sprouts and Bacon recipe is such an easy and delicious family dinner. To save time, you can prepare everything ahead or even use leftover Chicken or Turkey. Only 15 minutes prep time and 25 minutes cook time!

Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon served over white rice in a bowl with orange pot in background. It is a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

Here we go…it’s Bacon-Time!  Easy Chicken Brussels Sprouts and Bacon-Time to be exact, and it’s a perfect and quick Fall family dinner!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussels sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. 

This bacon brussels sprouts recipe is also a great way to use rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken, or leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!!  Simply shred or cut the turkey and use in place of the chicken and add it to the recipe when you would add back the cooked chicken.

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TIME SAVING PREP-AHEAD STEPS

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

Finely dice the onion. Trim the stems of the brussels sprouts if needed and peel any wilted or damaged leaves off. Then cut each in half. If a brussels sprout is much larger than the others, you can quarter it so that all pieces are roughly the same size.

Cut raw onions in measuring cup for Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
Cut raw Brussel Sprouts in measuring cup for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

Dice the bacon and cut the chicken into bite size pieces.

Cut raw bacon for Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
Cut raw chicken for Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

If you are doing the prep a day or more ahead, then seal in storage containers and place all prepped ingredients in the fridge.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND BACON

Make rice according to package instructions. You can also swap the rice with pasta, egg noodles, or quinoa.

For this recipe and other soups and stews I absolutely LOVE My Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  It was my Mom’s and now it’s mine and I feel like she’s with me in the kitchen when I cook with it.  Not to mention, it’s just a gorgeous piece of cookware.  Of course, you can use any other soup pot or dutch oven. 

Preheat a skillet, dutch oven, or large bottom pot on MEDIUM heat. Add the bacon and cook to render the fat for about 8 minutes. Remove the bacon to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan for the next step.

Diced bacon cooking in pot for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
Cooked bacon in pot for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

To the bacon fat, add the chicken and brown (takes about 4-5 minutes). Then turn the chicken to brown the other side and finish cooking through. Another 3-4 minutes. Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon.

Cooked chicken in pot for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

To the same pan, lower the heat to low and add the onions.  Cook for about 5 minutes to soften, stirring so as not to burn. 

TIME SAVING TIP! Freeze your own diced onions. Dice several onions in advance and freeze them in in a storage bag! The onions will already be soft from being frozen and they cook beautifully. You also always have freshly frozen onion on hand! If you want more time-saving tips, check out this printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

Turn the heat back up to medium and add the brussels sprouts with a touch of olive oil if needed at this point.  Add 1/2 tsp Salt and 1/2 tsp Pepper, then stir.  Cook for 4-5 minutes until the brussels sprouts begin to sear and soften.

Adding onions to pot for Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
Cooking brussel sprouts for Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

Add back the chicken and bacon, then pour in the entire can of coconut milk and stir until any solids melt and all ingredients combine.

Adding cooked chicken and bacon to pot for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
Adding Coconut Milk to brussel sprouts and chicken in pot for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

Add and stir in bouillon or chicken base.  For deep flavor in quick dinners, I love to use Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base.  It adds wonderful flavor in minutes that tastes like you have been cooking for hours.

Adding Chicken base to Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken is a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

For the thickener in the sauce, I use Corn Starch, which is gluten free and doesn’t require the longer time to cook that a flour roux would take.  Make a slurry by mixing 2 tbsp corn starch into 1/4 cup cold water.  Pour the slurry into the pot, stirring to smoothly combine.  Turn the heat up to high until a soft boil, then turn down to medium.  Continue stirring as the sauce thickens.

Adding Corn starch thickener to the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

That’s it!  Serve over rice, pasta, or quinoa and ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

RECIPE FAQS

Can I use leftover roasted Brussels sprouts in this chicken recipe?

Yes, you can definitely use leftover roasted brussels sprouts! Since they are already cooked, you can skip Cooking Step #5 and instead, just add the brussels sprouts to the pot with the chicken and bacon. If you have other roasted vegetables leftover as well, feel free to use those too! For example, leftover roasted sweet potatoes would be delicious!

Can I make this in the slow cooker?

If you are looking for slow cooker recipes to save space in the oven on Thanksgiving, then you can definitely move this one to the slow cooker. To do so, follow the same Prep-ahead steps and Cooking steps #1-3 so that you render the bacon fat and use that to sear the chicken. Then in Step 4, simply add everything to the slow cooker and set for 4-6 hours high heat or 8 hours low.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Yes, you can use chicken thighs, but I recommend sticking with skinless boneless chicken thighs for easy prep and cooking. Consider the amount of thighs that you will need as well. Generally, I estimate 16 ounces or 1 pound of chicken for 4 servings. That will likely mean 5-6 boneless skinless thighs, depending on their size. The recipe instructions will be the same for thighs as the breasts.

Can I use rotisserie or leftover chicken or turkey in this Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Recipe?

To save time, you can use pre-cooked chicken or leftover turkey in this Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, Bacon recipe.  Simply skip Cooking step 3, which is cooking the meat.  Instead of cooking the meat, in the Prep Steps, you will cut the chicken or turkey into cubes or shred it into about 1 inch pieces.  Then in Cooking Step 6, add the chicken or turkey to the pan with the bacon and let it warm through for about 3-5 minutes.  Then follow the normal cooking instructions in the recipe after that.

Check out the web story for using Leftover Turkey in this Brussels, Bacon Rice Dinner!

Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken served over white rice in a bowl with orange pot in background. It is a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken served over white rice in a bowl with orange pot in background. It is a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
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Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon

Here we go…it's Bacon-Time!  Easy Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon time to be exact, a perfect Fall Recipe!  This is a super easy dish that you can whip up on the stovetop in one pot in no time.  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussels sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. #chicken #chickenrecipes #dinnerrecipes #dinnerideas

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Brussel Sprouts, chicken, chicken dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 451 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Chicken Breast
  • 3 slices Bacon
  • 3 cups Brussels Sprouts, cut into halves or quarters all bites same size
  • 1/2 cup Onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt plus a sprinkle to season the chicken
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper plus a sprinkle to season the chicken
  • 13.5 oz Coconut Milk 1 can
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon or 1 tsp Chicken Base I used Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
  • 1/4 cup Cold Water
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 cups White Long Grain Rice, Uncooked Quinoa or Pasta would be great too!

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Finely dice the onion.  Trim the stems of the brussels sprouts if needed and peel any wilted or damaged leaves off.  Then cut each in half.  If a brussels sprout is much larger than the others, you can quarter it so that all pieces are roughly the same size.

    Cut raw Brussel Sprouts in measuring cup for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  2. Dice the Bacon.  

    Cut raw bacon for Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  3. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces.  Then season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  

    Cut raw chicken for Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  4. If you are doing the prep a day or more ahead, then seal in storage containers and place all prepped ingredients in the fridge.

Cook the Meal!

  1. Make rice according to package instructions.

  2. Preheat a skillet, dutch oven, or large bottom pot on MEDIUM heat.  Add the bacon and cook to render the fat for about 8 minutes.  Remove the bacon to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan for the next step.

    Cooked bacon in pot for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  3. To the bacon fat, add the chicken and brown (takes about 4-5 minutes).  Then turn the chicken to brown the other side and finish cooking through.  Another 3-4 minutes.  Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon.

    Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon
  4. To the same pan, lower the heat to low and add the onions.  Cook for about 5 minutes to soften, stirring so as not to burn.

    Adding onions to pot for Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  5. Turn the heat back up to medium and add the brussels sprouts with a touch of olive oil if needed at this point.  Add 1/2 tsp Salt and 1/2 tsp Pepper, then stir.  Cook for 4-5 minutes until the brussel sprouts begin to sear and soften.

    Cooking brussel sprouts for Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  6. Add back the chicken and bacon.  

    Adding cooked chicken and bacon to pot for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  7. Add the entire can of coconut milk and stir until any solids melt and all ingredients combine.

    Adding Coconut Milk to brussel sprouts and chicken in pot for the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  8. Add and stir in bouillon or chicken base.

    Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken in a pot with wood spoon. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  9. Make a slurry by mixing 2 tbsp corn starch into 1/4 cup cold water.  Pour the slurry into the pot, stirring to smoothly combine.  Turn the heat up to high until a soft boil, then turn down to medium.  Continue stirring as the sauce thickens.  

    Adding Corn starch thickener to the Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken recipe. It's a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).
  10. Serve over rice and enjoy!

    Easy Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Chicken served over white rice in a bowl with orange pot in background. It is a perfect quick Fall Recipe!  It has a creamy sauce filled with salty bacon, earthy and almost nutty seared brussel sprouts, and hearty healthy chicken. Serve over rice (or Quinoa or pasta!).

4 thoughts on “Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon

  1. 5 stars
    These seared Brussel sprouts with the creamy sauce look absolutely over the top in flavor. And then the BACON. Now that’s just indulgence and I’m thinkin’ I’m gonna have to me some of this.

    1. Thanks so much, Karly!!! It’s also a great way to use up leftover Turkey from Thanksgiving 🙂
      Happy Cooking!! Carrie

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