Awesome Oven Fried Chicken Breasts with Bacon Crumbs!

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This is the ULTIMATE Family dinner that turns an ordinary chicken breast into an AWESOME treat!  Easy to make and amazingly delicious, it’s my  Awesome Oven Fried Chicken Breast with Bacon Crumbs and Honey!  I mean, c’mon it sounds pretty fantastic, right?  It’s healthier because it’s baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness! 

It starts with healthy, lean skinless and boneless chicken, which cooks nice and quick.  That gets coated with sweet honey and then fantastic combination of crispy bacon and garlic seasoned panko breadcrumbs.  Each bite delivers salty and smoky crunch on the outside and sweet moist and tender chicken on the inside.

This recipe is a great way to use a couple pieces of bacon leftover from another meal.  Click here to get 30 More Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas!

IS THIS REALLY HEALTHIER WITH BACON?

Well, let’s start with answering the question: healthier vs. what?  Is it better for you vs. a deep fried chicken on the bone with skin?  Heck, YES!  Let’s compare to one of the popular fast food deep fried chicken breast recipes.  This popular brand’s original chicken breast recipe will deliver you 390 calories and 21g of Fat in 1 breast, which is considered 1 serving.

However, in this recipe, you are getting only 208 calories and 4g of Fat per serving.  First, you are eliminating the skin, which is very high in calories and fat.  Second, we are using a very small amount of oil by spraying it and then baking it.  So, even adding back in some calories and fat with the bacon will not dramatically add back the calories.  In fact, since a small amount of back goes such a long way with infusing flavor, we only need 2 strips in this recipe!  

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WHAT TO SERVE WITH THE ULTIMATE CHICKEN?

Well, aside from some great Remoulade Dipping Sauce (my absolute favorite!) there are lots of different things that could go great with this chicken!

My favorite side is pictured above and it’s my Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash! You can also try a simple Mesclun Salad with a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette or Roasted Carrots with an Avocado Crema, or try my favorite Super Cheesy Cauliflower Rice!

If you want something a bit heartier – and cheesier – try my Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole, which is great for a large group!

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For the breadcrumbs, the easiest way to blend in the bacon into the panko is with a food processor. I use my go-to mini food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you can crush up the bacon in a baggie if it’s super crispy. If its a bit chewy, finely chop with a knife and then stir it into the breadcrumbs.

You will also need 3 medium bowls and a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) to bake the chicken in the oven.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR OVEN FRIED CHICKEN BREAST

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)

This is such a simple recipe without having to worry about a messy pot of oil that splatters all over!

You need 3 bowls that have a wide top for easy dipping of the chicken breasts. Each bowl will have it’s own fork.  One is for the flour mixture, the second is for the eggs and honey, and the third is for the bacon breadcrumbs.

Bacon and breadcrumbs in food processor for Oven Fried Chicken Breast.  The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Bacon and breadcrumbs blended in food processor for Oven Fried Chicken Breast.  The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

3 bowls on counter for Oven Fried Chicken Breast.  One bowl has flour, another has honey and eggs, and the last has breadcrumbs. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

If your chicken breasts are not already sliced thin, slice them from the side to create 6 thin pieces.

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Can I use other Cuts of Chicken?

Well, yes, but this recipe really is for Chicken breasts.  You can use chicken tenders or boneless chicken thighs, but I would not use legs or wings for this one.

Can I leave out the Bacon?

Of course!  The bacon is not necessary, but I would substitute in some parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup).  The bacon brings a nice salty flavor to the breadcrumbs and the parmesan will do the same.  If you leave both out, you might want to add a pinch more salt and 1/4 cup more panko breadcrumbs.

COOK YOUR OVEN FRIED CHICKEN BREAST 

For each chicken breast slice, you will be moving it through the assembly line dredging bowls.  Each bowl should have it’s own fork so that they do not get gooey and clumpy. 

The chicken first gets dredged in the flour mixture, then moves over to the honey-egg mixture to get coated.  Finally, it moves over to the bacon breadcrumbs and then on to the oiled sheet pan.

Raw chicken in bowl with flour and in a bowl with eggs for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Raw chicken in bowl of bacon breadcrumbs for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Raw chicken coated in bacon breadcrumbs on pan for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

When all chicken breasts have been coated and transferred to the sheet pan, spray them with the Olive Oil to moisten all of the breadcrumbs that you can. Gently flip the chicken breasts over and do the same to the other side.

Hand spraying oil on raw chicken coated in bacon breadcrumbs on pan for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Place in the oven on the center rack for 15 minutes.

After the first 15 minutes, remove the sheet pan and gently flip the chicken using a large spatula, gently scraping the pan as you flip to lift any crumbs that may be sticking. Once all are flipped, put back in the oven and bake for the final 10 minutes.

Oven Fried Chicken Breast on pan. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Oven Fried Chicken Breast on pan. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

Oven Fried Chicken Breast cut on plate with fork. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Oven Fried Chicken Breast cut on plate with Cauliflower mash and pan in background. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
Oven Fried Chicken Breast cut on pan with bacon in background. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
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Oven Fried Chicken Breast with Bacon Crumbs

This is the ULTIMATE Family dinner that turns an ordinary chicken breast into an AWESOME treat!  Easy to make and amazingly delicious, it's my Awesome Oven Fried Chicken Breast with Bacon Crumbs and Honey! It's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It starts with healthy, lean skinless and boneless chicken that is coated with sweet honey and then crispy bacon crumbs and garlic seasoned panko breadcrumbs.  Each bite delivers salty and smoky crunch with a sweet honey chicken inside.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon, Baked chicken, chicken, chicken dinner, easy chicken dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 208 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Breadcrumbs

  • 2 strips Cooked bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Other

  • 1 1/2 lb Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless (about 3 breasts or 6 thin cutlets)
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup All Purpose White flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil Spray
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Parsley, chopped

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. **Before you get started, make sure that your bacon strips are cooked and drained on a paper towel**

  2. You will need 3 bowls that have a wide top for easy dipping of the chicken breasts. Each bowl will have it's own fork. Bowl One: Mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Bowl Two: Whisk the eggs and honey together. Bowl Three will be for the breadcrumbs in the next step.

    3 bowls on counter for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. One bowl has flour, another has honey and eggs, and the last has breadcrumbs. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  3. In a food processor, add the panko breadcrumbs, bacon broken into pieces, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, salt, pepper. Pulse and then blend until crumbs are fine. It's ok to have small chunks of bacon the size of rice. Transfer the crumbs to Bowl three.

    Bacon and breadcrumbs in food processor for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  4. If your chicken breasts are not already sliced thin, slice them from the side to create 6 thin pieces.

Dredge & Cook

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. Spray a large sheet pan with olive oil to coat the bottom.

  2. For each chicken breast slice, first coat in the flour mixture, then using the "Flour Fork", transfer to the egg/honey mixture. Using the "Egg Fork", dip and flip the chicken until all flour is coated, then transfer to the Breadcrumb bowl. Last, using the "Breadcrumb Fork" coat and flip the chicken until completely coated with the bacon and breadcrumbs. Transfer to the sheet pan.

    Raw chicken coated in bacon breadcrumbs on pan for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  3. When all chicken breasts have been coated and transferred to the sheet pan, spray them with the Olive Oil to moisten all of the breadcrumbs that you can. Gently flip the chicken breasts over and do the same to the other side. Place in the oven on the center rack for 15 minutes.

    Hand spraying oil on raw chicken coated in bacon breadcrumbs on pan for Oven Fried Chicken Breast. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  4. After the first 15 minutes, remove the sheet pan and gently flip the chicken using a large spatula, gently scraping the pan as you flip to lift any crumbs that may be sticking. Once all are flipped, put back in the oven and bake for the final 10 minutes.

    Oven Fried Chicken Breast on pan. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

    Oven Fried Chicken Breast cut on plate with fork. The chicken is coated with Bacon Crumbs and Honey and it's healthier because it's baked, not fried, but still gives you all of the crispy, crunchy goodness!  It also gives you sweet and salty crunch with the addition of honey and bacon!

Amazing Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

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Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese on a plate with fork and casserole in back.   It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

I don’t know about you, but this has become the year of workout clothes for me.  It’s been 6 months since I’ve gotten dressed up.  So, in the spirit of getting-out-my-running-shorts-that-I-don’t-actually-go-running-in and getting all dressed up, here is my dressed up chicken!  It’s an amazing and easy dinner that you can prep ahead!  Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese is creamy, tangy, sweet, savory and simply delicious!  Chicken is simply roasted, then topped with a heavenly mixture of fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic, basil, parmesan, and goat cheese! 

Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese on a plate with fork. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Decadent, but Healthy!

While this recipe may look and taste decadent, it is actually pretty good for you!  You get calcium from the cheese, protein from the chicken, vitamins from the tomatoes.  We also have delicious and healthy artichokes in this recipe. They provide Fiber AND protein and are packed with nutrients, Vitamins C and K, Magnesium, Potassium, and Iron just to name a few!

The truth is, this is a go-to combo for me.  So, if you love love love tomatoes, artichokes, garlic, basil, and goat cheese too, here are a couple more recipes for you!  There’s my Best Bruschetta Topping Platter, the time I turned it into a healthy ‘pizza’ with my Quinoa Crust Tart with Tomatoes & Artichokes, or my Skillet Artichoke Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes.

Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese on a plate with fork. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

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 :).  But, 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

The only thing you need is a casserole dish approximately 5-6 inch by 9-10 inch.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHICKEN ARTICHOKE BAKE

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)

Remove the seeds from the tomatoes, dice and add to the bowl. Rough chop the artichoke hearts and add them to the tomatoes.  Finely slice or chiffonade the basil and add it to the tomatoes and artichokes. Then mince the garlic and add that to the bowl. Using a fork, add crumbles of goat cheese. Add the salt and pepper and mix!Cut artichoke hearts for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Cut artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and basil in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

goat cheese, cut artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and basil in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Ingredients in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Ingredients in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

For the chicken, cut into 4 pieces, equal in size. Add to a baking dish, drizzle with a tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cut raw chicken for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Can I replace the goat cheese?

Yes, of course!  Goat cheese can be polarizing, though I absolutely love the creamy texture and tangy, salty flavor.  If you are not a goat cheese fan, you can replace it with chunks of mozzarella, firm ricotta, or even feta. 

What kind of Artichoke Hearts?

For this recipe, I really like canned or jarred artichoke hearts in water, not oil.  You can use frozen as well, but will need to thaw them before adding them to the recipe and draining any excess water.  I would not use fresh whole artichokes, as it takes FOREVER to clean them and you need to buy so many to get the same amount of hearts you can get already prepped.  

COOK YOUR CHICKEN ARTICHOKE BAKE 

Bake the chicken for 15 minutes. Then add the topping and bake another 10 minutes. 

Topping added on top of chicken for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Can I freeze this?

You can freeze leftovers after it is cooked, but this recipe will not likely have much in the way of leftovers unless you double it.  I also would not freeze the topping until it’s cooked.  The reason is that fresh tomatoes 95% water, so when they thaw, they will turn to mush if they are frozen raw.  When you cook them, the tomato juices cook into the cheesy filling so it freezes and reheats better.

What to serve on the side?

This is pretty hearty all on it’s own.  However, you could add something green with broccoli or roasted asparagus.  Or you could add a grain with pasta, rice, or quinoa.  Creamy Parmesan Polenta would also be delicious with this!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese on a plate with fork. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Amazing Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

This Amazing Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese is a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!  Chicken is simply roasted, then topped with a heavenly mixture of fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic, basil, parmesan, and goat cheese!  #chickendinners #familydinnerideas #chickenrecipes #chickenbake #artichokechicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword artichoke, Baked chicken, chicken, easy dinner, goat cheese, tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 271 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Raw Chicken breasts skinless, boneless
  • 4 Plum Tomatoes (or 3 vine)
  • 14 oz Artichoke Hearts in water (1 can)
  • 10 leaves Fresh Basil (1 small bunch)
  • 1 clove Garlic (1 tsp minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 oz Soft Goat Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Remove the 'cheeks' of the tomatoes and scrape out the seeds. Then dice the tomatoes and add to the bowl. Rough chop the artichoke hearts and add them to the tomatoes. Finely slice (or chiffonade) the basil and add it to the tomatoes and artichokes.

    Cut artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and basil in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!
  2. Then mince the garlic and add that to the bowl. Using a fork, add crumbles of goat cheese. Add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and mix!

    Ingredients in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!
  3. For the chicken, cut into 4 pieces, equal in size. Add to a baking dish, drizzle with a tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    Cut raw chicken for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Cook!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes. Then add the topping and bake another 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

    Topping added on top of chicken for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!