Smothered Chicken with Bacon and Tomatoes

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Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes and fettuccine on a plate with pan in background. The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.

Oh, hello, Bacon!  Welcome to my dinner, you’ve just made it a party!  This Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes is a STRESS-FREE dinner that your entire family will LOVE!

You will love it because it’s so easy to make!  Your family will love it because it’s loaded with delicious big comforting flavor.  The chicken is smothered in a creamy sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.  And the chicken seasoned with sage is the perfect moist vessel for all of this goodness!

This recipe cooks up quickly on the stove in a skillet or pan.  It pairs perfectly with pasta, rice, quinoa, or heck, a flip flop!

Cooking from the Freezer

When weeknights are busy, it’s so nice to have a stocked freezer to turn to.  I’m not talking about frozen pizzas or frozen TV dinners.  I’m talking about fresh ingredients that you can easily prep ahead and grab for quick cooking dinners.  

This Smothered Chicken with Bacon and Tomatoes recipe is one of those grab-from-the-freezer easy dinners!  Bacon stores amazingly in the freezer and of course chicken breasts do as well.  Pre-sliced scallions also freeze nicely and are great when they are being added to a cooked dish.  They are not great it you want to use as a garnish. 

Simply pull the chicken out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge.  For the bacon, just cut off as much as you need while still frozen, then put the rest back in the freezer.  

Now, for the cherry tomatoes, you do not want to freeze them.  But, these are great to have on hand for a variety of quick meals from breakfast to lunch to dinner!

Click here to get my printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for this recipe. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

Oh, I also like to cut my raw chicken with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife. And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHICKEN WITH BACON AND TOMATOES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you prepare in the day(s) ahead.

 Slice the bacon into small bits.

Cut the chicken breasts into 2 pieces each and then season with a mixture of the ground sage, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Finely slice the scallions. Mince the garlic.  Store the bacon and chicken separately in the fridge until ready to cook.  The scallions and garlic can be stored together in the fridge.

Hand seasoning raw chicken on plate for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes.  The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.

How far ahead can I prep the chicken?

You can cut and season the raw chicken breasts up to 3 days in advance.  Be sure to store them in an airtight container in the fridge.  Once you cook the chicken, you can save it for another 3 days. 

Do I have to use Bacon?

You can skip the bacon, but it’s what brings the smokiness to this dish.  If you still want that flavor, you can add some paprika to the seasoning for the chicken.  You can also swap the bacon with pancetta if you want that pork flavor without the smokiness. 

COOK YOUR YOUR CHICKEN, BACON, AND TOMATOES

Preheat a large frying pan on high heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook for 7-8 minutes to render the fat and crisp up the bacon. Transfer the bacon to a plate on a paper towel using a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon fat in the pan.

Bacon bits cooking in pan for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes.  The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.

To the bacon fat, add the seasoned chicken breasts. Cook 5 minutes on the first side and then 2 minutes on the other side. Then cover the pan and cook for another 3-5 minutes to cook through until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F or all pink is gone in the center. Transfer chicken to the plate with the bacon.Chicken searing in pan with bacon bits on a plate to the side for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes.  The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.

Cooked chicken in pan for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes.  The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.

To the same pan, add the garlic, the tomatoes and half of the scallions. Pour in 1/4 cup of the broth and scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan and cook for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes start to pop and get juicy.

Bacon Tomato Sauce in pan for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes.  The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.

Add 1/2 cup of the pasta water and the remaining broth to the pan and then whisk in the half and half slurry. Bring up to a simmer while stirring as it thickens. Add back the chicken and half of the bacon bits. Let cook for 3 minutes so that everything comes together. Serve over Fettuccine.

Bacon Tomato Sauce in pan for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes.  The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.

Can I freeze this after it’s cooked?

Yes, the Chicken, Bacon, and Tomatoes (without the pasta!) will freeze very nicely.  You can store it in the freezer for up to 4 months.  However, don’t freeze the pasta.  Make that fresh when you defrost and warm up the chicken again.  

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes in a pan. The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.
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Smothered Chicken, Bacon, and Tomatoes

This Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes is a STRESS-FREE dinner that your entire family will LOVE! You will love it because it's so easy to make!  Your family will love it because it's loaded with delicious big comforting flavor.  The chicken is smothered in a creamy sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.  And the chicken seasoned with sage is the perfect moist vessel for all of this goodness! #chickendinnerideas

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon, chicken, skillet dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Fettuccine
  • 1 lb Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Sage
  • 4 oz Bacon
  • 10 oz Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 4 Scallions
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup Half and Half
  • 1 tbsp Corn Starch

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Measure out and mix in a small bowl, the ground sage, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Cut the chicken breasts in 2 pieces each and season with the seasoning mixture.

    Hand seasoning raw chicken on plate for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes. The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.
  2. Slice the bacon. Finely slice the scallions. Mince the garlic.

Cook

  1. Bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Add a tsp of salt to the pasta water and then add the fettuccine pasta to the boiling water and stir so they noodles do not stick together. Bring back to a boil and cook for 7-8 minutes until al dente. Save 1 cup of pasta water, drain the pasta and add it back to the pot and cover while you finish the chicken.

  2. Preheat a large frying pan on high heat. Add the bacon slices and cook for 7-8 minutes to render the fat and crisp up the bacon. Transfer the bacon to a plate using a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon fat in the pan.

    Bacon bits cooking in pan for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes. The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.
  3. To the bacon fat, add the seasoned chicken breasts. Cook 5 minutes on the first side and then 2 minutes on the other side. Then cover the pan and cook for another 3-5 minutes to cook through until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F or all pink is gone in the center. Transfer chicken to the plate with the bacon.

    Cooked chicken in pan for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes. The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.
  4. To the same pan, add the garlic, the tomatoes and half of the scallions. Pour in 1/4 cup of the broth and scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan and cook for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes start to pop and get juicy.

    Bacon Tomato Sauce in pan for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes. The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.
  5. While the tomatoes are cooking, make the corn starch slurry by mixing the half and half and the corn starch in a small bowl.

  6. Add 1/2 cup of the pasta water and the remaining broth to the pan and then whisk in the half and half slurry. Bring up to a simmer while stirring as it thickens.

    Bacon Tomato Sauce in pan for Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes. The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.
  7. Add back the chicken and half of the bacon bits. Let cook for 3 minutes so that everything comes together. If the sauce is too thick, you can whisk in another 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Serve over Fettuccine.

    Smothered Chicken with Bacon, and Tomatoes in a pan. The chicken is smothered in a thickened sauce infused with smokey and salty bacon flavor.  Cherry tomatoes give a sweet and tangy pop.

One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup

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Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a large pot with ladle scooping.  It's silky and creamy with  onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a large pot on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Man, do I love me a good creamy soup!  But toss in some cheesy tortellini and salty sausage and I am in heaven.  That’s what we have here with my One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup.  The base is a silky, creamy chicken broth thickened with a simple roux and milk.  Carrots, onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  Oregano brings an herb-y flavor and the tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

You know what makes this recipe even better?  It cooks entirely in ONE POT!  Talk about easy clean up and a super easy Dinner!

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Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a bowl on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Balanced Meal in One Pot

The beauty of this Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup is that is a complete and balanced meal with protein, grains, vegetables all in one pot.  There are many pasta recipes out there that tout their easy preparation in one pot or pan.  But to be fully balanced, they really need to provide protein and vegetables too.

Here are some other balanced One Pot or Pan Meals to try!

Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a bowl with spoonful of soup above bowl. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR YOUR SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI SOUP

For this recipe, you need a large (5-6 quart) pot. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven is great.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI SOUP

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

As this is a One Pot meal, everything cooks in stages in one singular large pot!  However, you could speed things up a bit by searing the zucchini in a separate pan while you make the soup.  I would still sear the sausage in the soup pot, however, as it imparts great flavor to the soup.

For the prep, you can peel and dice the carrots and onions up to 4 days ahead, along with with the minced the garlic.  These 3 veggies can be stored together.

You can also slice the zucchini and the sausage into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and store separately in the fridge up to 3 days in advance.

Can I use raw or pork sausage?

Yes, you definitely can add in the sausage of your choice.  Raw Italian sausage links would be great and are traditional.  Simply buy the meat in bulk or squeeze it out of the links to cook it before the soup.  

What else can be added to this soup?

I love the sweetness of the carrots and hearty bite of the zucchini in this soup.  But there are many other veggies that would be great in here.  You could add kale, spinach, mushrooms, or peas.  You can also add in white beans for more protein and to bulk it up.  It’s really up to you and your family preferences here, so have fun with it!

COOK YOUR SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI SOUP

Preheat the large pot on Medium heat. Add Olive Oil and then the sliced zucchini in a single layer. Cook on the first side for 3-4 minutes to brown. Stir to flip the pieces over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Do the same with the sausage and transfer to the same plate with the zucchini.

Sausage slices in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Add another tsp of olive oil to the pot and add the carrots, onions, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the butter, olive oil, and flour. Stir so all flour is moistened and combined with the veggies. Whisk in the milk.

Carrots and onions in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Flour being added to carrots and onions in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Milk added to roux and carrots in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Stir in the broth and then bring soup up to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add back the sausage and the zucchini, plus the frozen tortellini. Stir, then cover and bring to a simmer, then cook for a final 10 minutes until the tortellini are warmed through.

Thickened soup in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Tortellini added to soup in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

How many days ahead can I make this?

You can cook this entire soup up to 5 days in advance!  Store it in the fridge in a tightly sealed container.  You can also portion it out and freeze it for up to 4 months.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a large pot on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a bowl on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
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One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup

This One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup is just heavenly and so easy to make ahead for an easy family dinner!  The base is a silky, creamy chicken broth thickened with a simple roux and milk.  Carrots, onions, garlic, oregano, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  Finally the salty and cheesy tortellini round out this hearty and complete balanced one-pot meal! #onepotmeals #easysoups #tortellinisoup #easyfamilydinners

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken sausage, chicken soup, easy dinner, One Pot Meal, soup, Tortellini, zucchini
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 571 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Zucchini and Sausage

  • 1 Large Zucchini
  • 4 Precooked Chicken Sausage links
  • 4 teaspoons Olive oil

Other Soup Ingredients

  • 1 cup Carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced (3 cloves)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 cups Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 12 ounces Frozen Cheese Tortellini

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Peel and dice the carrots and onions. Mince the garlic.

  2. Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise and then slice those halves in half. Slice into 1/2 inch triangles. Slice the sausage links into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.

Cook

  1. Preheat the large pot on Medium heat. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Olive Oil to the pot and then the sliced zucchini in a single layer. Cook on the first side for 3-4 minutes to brown. Stir to flip the pieces over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. To the same pot, add another 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil and then the sausage slices in a single layer. Sear the sausage on the first side for 5-6 minutes. Stir to flip the pieces over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to the same plate with the zucchini.

    Sausage slices in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
  3. Add another tsp of olive oil to the pot and add the carrots, onions, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the butter, olive oil, and flour. Stir so all flour is moistened and combined with the veggies. Whisk in the milk.

    Milk added to roux and carrots in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
  4. Stir in the broth and then bring soup up to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add back the sausage and the zucchini, plus the frozen tortellini. Stir, then cover and bring to a simmer, then cook for a final 10 minutes until the tortellini are warmed through. Enjoy!

    Tortellini added to soup in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite!