Smothered Chicken with Bacon and Tomatoes

Jump to Recipe
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!

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

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.
5 from 1 vote
Print

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.

Chorizo and Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

Jump to Recipe

Stuffed Tomatoes on sheet pan on counter with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano are simply divine! 

Stuffed Tomatoes are little treasures!  And these Stuffed Tomatoes with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, mozzarella, chives, garlic, and oregano are simply divine!  Juicy tomatoes are hollowed out and the insides are mixed with these amazing ingredients and then stuffed back in.  You get the warm juicy tomato with a salty and hearty center.  Each bite is salty, peppery, creamy, and incredibly flavorful!  These can be stuffed ahead and then baked right before serving.  Have as a side or a main for the perfect Summer treat!!

This recipe is a great one for pulling ingredients out of your freezer!  All you need to buy are the tomatoes.  Here are the ingredients that you can have on hand in the freezer: chorizo, cooked quinoa, parmesan, minced garlic.  Click here to get my printable cheat sheet with 10 more Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

Stuffed Tomatoes on sheet pan on counter with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano are simply divine! 

Quinoa added to Tomatoes = Complete Meal

Quinoa is a great side on it’s own or ingredient to bulk up other foods, such as stuffings!  It’s actually a seed, not a grain, but the texture is similar to a grain or even a couscous, but a little more fluffy.  It has a mild, slightly nutty taste, but it’s mild, so it really absorbs any flavors you mix with it. 

But the really magic of quinoa is in the health benefits!  1 cup of cooked quinoa has 8g of complete protein and 5g of fiber.  It also has Iron, Manganese, Lysine, and magnesium!  

That’s why combining quinoa with veggies really does give you a complete balanced meal with vitamins, fiber, protein, and other nutrients.

Try these other easy and delicious Quinoa Recipes!

Stuffed Tomatoes on sheet pan on counter with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano are simply divine! 

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

Nothing special for this one! Just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a small-medium pot with lid for the quinoa and a large pan or skillet for the filling, such as my favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan.

Oh, and mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR STUFFED TOMATOES

We are all busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prep in advance. (See full recipe below) 

For this recipe, you can make the filling and stuff the tomatoes ahead and then bake them right before serving.

Using a paring knife, cut off the top of the tomato. Then cut around the inside wall of tomato on an angle inward to remove the center and hollow out the tomato. Scrape any access out with a spoon, careful not to poke through the tomato. Save the insides by removing them into a bowl for the filling.  I also dice up the top that I cut off.

Place the tomatoes on a sheet pan.  

    

Next, make the filling, which is just breaking up the chorizo and rendering it in a pan.  

Add the tomatoes insides, garlic, cooked quinoa, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Mix to combine.  Turn off the heat and mix in the parmesan and the mozzarella.

1 cup measuring cup adding cooked quinoa to chorizo and tomatoes in pan for Stuffed Tomatoes with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano.

Spatula mixing quinoa, chorizo, tomato filling in pan for Stuffed Tomatoes with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano.
Adding shredded mozzarella to quinoa, chorizo, tomato filling in pan for Stuffed Tomatoes with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano.

Pour out any excess water from the tomatoes and then stuff them with the filling on the sheet pan. Move on to cooking or cover and store in the fridge for up to 24 hours in advance.

Hand spooning filling into a tomato on sheet pan for Stuffed Tomatoes with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano.

4 Stuffed Tomatoes on sheet pan with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano.

Can I substitute another meat for the Chorizo?

Yes, you can substitute with an Italian Sausage or Pancetta.  You could also use bacon!  This recipe has pre-cooked chorizo, so just be sure to fully cook through any raw meat if you go that route.

Can I use another filling besides Quinoa?

You could….but it really changes so much in this recipe!  I highly recommend trying the Quinoa.  If you absolutely do not like or cannot get Quinoa, you could substitute with rice or couscous or even bread crumbs. 

COOK YOUR STUFFED TOMATOES 

Bake the tomatoes for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes so that the filling and the juices can settle. 

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Stuffed Tomatoes on sheet pan on counter with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano are simply divine! 
Stuffed Tomatoes on sheet pan on counter with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano are simply divine! 
5 from 1 vote
Print

Chorizo and Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed Tomatoes are little treasures!  And these Stuffed Tomatoes with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, mozzarella, chives, garlic, and oregano are simply divine!  Juicy tomatoes are hollowed out and the insides are mixed with these amazing ingredients and then stuffed back in.  You get the warm juicy tomato with a salty and hearty center.  Each bite is salty, peppery, creamy, and incredibly flavorful!  These can be stuffed ahead and then baked right before serving.  #stuffedtomatoes #healthydinner #summerfood

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword chorizo, healthy dinner, meal prep, quinoa, Stuffed Tomato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 167 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 4 Beefsteak Tomatoes, large
  • 1 link Chorizo, precooked
  • 1 cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp Chives, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Using a paring knife, cut off the top of the tomato. Then cut around the inside wall of tomato on an angle inward to remove the center and hollow out the tomato. Scrape any access out with a spoon, careful not to poke through the tomato. Save the insides by removing them into a bowl for the filling. Place the tomatoes on a sheet pan.

    Knife cutting into the inside of a tomato to hollow it out for Stuffed Tomatoes with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano.
  2. Remove the outer casing from the chorizo and chop it or break it up into small pieces.

    Chorizo in pan for Stuffed Tomatoes with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano.
  3. To a preheated hot pan, add the chorizo and cook for 2-3 minutes just to start releasing the oils. Then add the tomatoes insides, garlic, cooked quinoa, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine. Turn off the heat and then mix in the parmesan cheese and the shredded mozzarella.

    Adding shredded mozzarella to quinoa, chorizo, tomato filling in pan for Stuffed Tomatoes with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano.
  4. Pour out any excess water from the tomatoes and then stuff them with the filling on the sheet pan. Move on to cooking or cover and store in the fridge for up to 24 hours in advance.

    4 Stuffed Tomatoes on sheet pan with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano.

Cook

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Bake the tomatoes for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes so that the filling and the juices can settle. Enjoy!

    Stuffed Tomatoes on sheet pan on counter with chorizo, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic, and oregano are simply divine!