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.

8 Family Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes for Fall & Winter!

Shredded Beef Ragu Recipe in slow cooker with wood spoon and parmesan on the table. It's so easy to make and has a thick meaty texture and a super rich delicious flavor.

It’s time, my friends!  It SLOW COOKER SEASON!!  If you know…you know.  If you are new to the wonderful world of the slow cooker, well, you are about to have your life changed!  That’s because the slow cooker takes the stress out of dinner, gives you time back with your family, cooks dinner for YOU – oh and leaves the hair on your head (lol – yes, I have wanted to pull my hair out vs make dinner too)!  Because I know first hand how amazing the Slow Cooker is, today I have my top 8 Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes that you really must try this Fall and Winter!

These 8 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes meet the following criteria:

  1. EASY – 90% of the Dinner is cooked in the slow cooker.  This means that the main protein and veggies are cooked in the slow cooker.  The only other parts of the dinner that may be needed are a starch or grain (pasta, rice, quinoa, potato, etc. and potentially a simple salad if you desire.  
  2. KID-FRIENDLY – these recipes are kid-tested and parents have confirmed to me that their kids enjoyed them!  Let’s face it, kids are finicky.  One day they love something and the next they don’t.  So, I don’t pretend that all kids will love these recipes.  However, there is nothing too spicy or too polarizing here.
  3. COMFORTING – It’s getting cold out and we this year, we all need a bit more comfort, right?  All of these recipes are sure to warm your insides and give you a cozy and comfy feeling.
  4. BALANCED – These are recipes that contain a balanced mix of vitamins and nutrients.  I don’t shy away from the yummy stuff (ehem, cheese:) but I do try to include a healthy dose of veggies!

A Slow Cooker is a Busy Family’s Best Friend

My slow cooker is one of my most beloved kitchen appliances.  Not only does a slow cooker make wonderful food, it helps to make your life easier and gives you peace of mind.  You can fill the slow cooker in the morning and let it cook all day while you are at work.  You come home to delicious and comforting aromas and have a warm dinner waiting for you.

I absolutely love love love my easy and simple (and not expensive) Crock-Pot.  I have the 6-Quart version with 5 settings (low 4-hour, low 6-hour, high 8-hour, high 10-hour, and warm).

There are other fancier versions and if I were in the market for a new slow cooker, I would want THIS one with a browning insert!  You can order this today and have it in a few days to start your Slow Cooker Cookin’!

So, here you go!

8 Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

1. Comforting Beef Stew over Noodles

Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles on a plate. This is downhome comfort food that's full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing! #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

Beef Stew over Noodles is one of those slow cooker dinner recipes that is just downhome comfort food. It’s full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Make it in the Slow Cooker and it’s like your Mom made it for you because it cooks all day while you are out and it’s waiting for you when you are home. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles…yup, even more amazing!

2. Slow Cooker Light & Creamy Broccoli Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Broccoli Soup in two bowls on counter with crockpot in back. This is easy, comforting, and delicious! With Carrots, Broccoli, Onion, Garlic, and Oregano, this is one flavorful soup. And, there is no heavy cream, just milk and a little half and half mixed with cornstarch, so it's healthy and gluten free!

This Slow Cooker Creamy Broccoli Soup is easy, comforting, and delicious!  With Carrots, Broccoli, Onion, Garlic, and Oregano, this is one flavorful soup.  And, there is no heavy cream, just milk and a little half and half mixed with cornstarch, so you can feel good about eating this gluten free veggie-loaded soup!

3. Homemade Chicken & Veggie Soup

5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup in a bowl with spoon and crockpot in background. This soup is thick, creamy, and hearty. It's filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies. You can prepare all of the ingredients ahead and freeze them until you are ready to cook. Then, thaw, pour into the Slow Cooker, set and forget.

This 5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup is thick, creamy (but, no dairy!), and hearty.  It’s filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies.  But, this version is also the easiest ever because you prepare all of the ingredients ahead (even months ahead) and freeze them until you are ready to cook this wonderful meal.  Then you thaw, pour all of the ingredients into the Slow Cooker, set and forget.  Forget until those amazing and comforting aromas remind you that you have a Homemade Chicken Soup waiting for you!

4.  Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs are always a show-stopper and the perfect main dish for entertaining.  I have made them for holiday dinner parties, for Sunday family dinners, visits from out-of-towners, and thank you meals for friends.  They are incredibly decadent and taste like you slaved away in the kitchen for your guests.  The flavors from the onion, carrots, demi-glace, thyme, and garlic all seep into the meat, which is fall-apart tender and absolutely delicious.  These Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs taste amazing with Creamy Parmesan Polenta, so check out that recipe too!

5. Simple Weeknight Paprika Pork Stew Recipe

Paprika Pork Stew Recipe in a bowl with carrots, onion, parsley. It's an easy family dinner. 

This Paprika Pork Stew Recipe is loaded with flavor and texture.  With each spoonful you get a smokey and salty bite flavor from the pork, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion.  Carrots balance out this dish with a slightly sweet and tender bite.  Finally, the pork is so moist and fork tender.  But the best part is that this entire dinner can be made in the slow cooker during the day.  Or you can make it ahead in the oven and then reheat on a busy weeknight!

6. Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

These Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouthwateringly fantastic!  Top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over!  You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema.

7. Shredded Beef Ragu Recipe

Shredded Beef Ragu Recipe with Pappardelle with a fork on plate with basil and parmesan on the table. It's so easy to make and has a thick meaty texture and a super rich delicious flavor.

This is my easy, made-for-busy-moms Shredded Beef Ragu Recipe!  It has a thick meaty texture and a super rich delicious flavor.  It’s made with beef chuck, so it’s affordable and easy to work with.  It’s made without wine, but instead gets that acidic backdrop from Balsamic Vinegar.  And it’s easy for busy moms because it’s made in a slow cooker!  Just toss all ingredients in, set for 6-8 hours, shred the beef, and that’s it!

8. Slow Cooker Detox Cabbage Soup

Comfort soups can be good for you too.  This Slow Cooker Detox Cabbage Soup is really easy, low-calorie, veggie-packed, which is a great way to get some healthy in between the holiday feastes! This soup is light, but filling with cabbage, tomato, carrots, onion, and garlic. It is also so easy because it is made in the slow cooker, but you can make it faster on the stove as well. It is so good for you and so low calorie, that this makes a great dinner, lunch the next day, and snack whenever you get hungry!

BONUS: 9.  Brazilian Black Beans (Feijão)

Slow Cooker Brazilian Black Beans are thick, rich, and delicious! Serve as a side or main over rice.

These Slow Cooker Brazilian Black Beans, known as Feijão, are a traditional dish in Brazil. The slow cooker makes it incredibly easy to make these anytime and it allows all of the flavors from the meat, onion, cilantro, and garlic to cook into the beans for a distinctive, thick, saucy, and hearty dish. They are great as a side or a main dish. If you have never tried these beans, you really MUST and I promise you will love them.

 

What are YOUR favorite Slow Cooker recipes?  Please share in the comments!

😍 Carrie