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This creamy bacon chicken recipe is a decadent and delicious dinner that’s easy enough for a weeknight and tasty enough for company. It’s ready in about 30 minutes!

You may also like my Creamy Bacon Pork Chops or Creamy Bacon and Mushroom Pasta next.

a cast iron skillet with creamy bacon chicken

Why you’ll love it

I probably don’t have to convince you too much, but chicken with bacon and cream is a great combo! The chicken is pan-fried until golden brown on the outside. When you take a bite, it melts in your mouth. And the bacon… well, it makes everything even better.

My vegetarian sister actually came up with the idea for this creamy chicken recipe, and you’ll be glad she did. It’s simple comfort food with few ingredients, and the technique is really easy. The creamy bacon sauce is so good that family and friends will lick their plates clean!

What you’ll need

  • Bacon – the star of the sauce! We’re also browning the chicken in bacon grease to make it extra delicious.
  • Chicken – we’re using two chicken breasts cut lengthwise into four thinner cutlets. They stay more tender and cook faster this way.
  • Flour – for dredging and getting that gorgeous golden crust
  • Garlic powder and pepper – seasoning the cutlets directly infuses lots of savory flavor
  • Chicken broth – the base of the sauce
  • Lemon juice – a touch of brightness to balance out the sauce and make it less one-dimensional
  • Butter and heavy cream – this duo makes the sauce luxurious and buttery
ingredients for creamy bacon chicken in prep bowls

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • An instant read thermometer is the best way to ensure chicken isn’t overcooked or undercooked. You want that perfect 165F.
  • I like this butter dish to store my butter in since it has handy markings for measuring where to cut.
  • This Le Creuset skillet is the one I use.

How to make creamy bacon chicken

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

frying bacon in a skillet and then pan searing chicken

Cut up the bacon, and fry until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate, leaving behind some of the fat. Meanwhile, cut the chicken in half, then season with garlic powder and pepper. Dredge in flour. Brown the chicken, then transfer to a plate.

making the sauce for creamy bacon chicken in a skillet and returning the chicken

Add the broth, lemon, and butter to the skillet. Let it reduce by half. Stir in the cream. Once bubbling, return the chicken and bacon, and simmer until it’s cooked through and the sauce has thickened up as desired. Garnish with fresh parsley if you like.

Pro Tip

Depending on how deep of a sear you get on the chicken, the sauce may be lighter or darker in color. That’s totally fine!

Substitutions and variations

  • I don’t recommend subbing the heavy cream for something with a lower fat content because the taste, richness, and texture just can’t be matched, and it’s also less likely to curdle. Half-and-half will yield a watery sauce, and coconut milk will alter the flavor.
  • You could try chicken thighs, but you will have to adjust the cooking time as needed. They may take a little longer.
  • Throw in a handful of spinach near the end of the cooking time for a pop of freshness!
closeup of creamy bacon chicken in a skillet

What to serve with bacon chicken

Leftovers and storage

  • If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • Reheat over a low heat (slowly) in a saucepan until warmed through.
  • I don’t recommend freezing creamy chicken recipes.
a plate with creamy bacon chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes

If you made this chicken with a bacon cream sauce, please leave a star rating and review below! You can also tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram.

a cast iron skillet with creamy bacon chicken
4.93 from 225 votes

Creamy Bacon Chicken

This creamy bacon chicken recipe is a decadent and delicious dinner that's easy enough for a weeknight and tasty enough for company. It's ready in about 30 minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 6 strips bacon
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream

Instructions 

  • Cut the bacon up and add it to a skillet (I use kitchen shears to make this job quick). Fry it over medium-high heat until crispy (about 10 mins). Once the bacon is done, take it out of the pan and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Leave about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the pan.
  • Meanwhile, prep your chicken (cut it in half lengthwise so you have 4 smaller cutlets). Sprinkle them with the garlic powder and pepper and then coat them in the flour. 
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and cook it in the remaining bacon fat over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes/side or until it's golden. If it starts to splatter a lot, reduce the heat. Once the chicken is browned, take it out of the pan and set it aside.
  • Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, and butter to the pan. Let it bubble until it's reduced by half (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Stir in the cream and once it starts to bubble, add the chicken and bacon back into the pan. Cook for another 5 minutes or so until the chicken is fully cooked through and the sauce has reduced to your liking.

Notes

  • The 5 minutes of prep time is to cut up the bacon, and I count the rest of the prep time within cook time as it’s done while the bacon is cooking. 
  • I suggest using fairly large boneless/skinless chicken breasts for this recipe since we’re cutting them in half lengthwise. If you have smaller chicken breasts, use 4 of them and leave them intact.

Nutrition

Calories: 506kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 183mg, Sodium: 505mg, Potassium: 552mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 996IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on July 31, 2019. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!


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670 Comments

  1. Jeffery J says:

    I tried this tonight!! It worked out brilliantly! Delicious and so easy!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much, Jeffery!!

  2. Lisa H says:

    This was easy to make. I cut each breast in four pieces and added cayenne. It turned out great and my husband liked the sauce. I am saving this recipe do make again in the future.

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad it was a hit, Lisa!!

  3. KIM says:

    5 stars
    MY SON MADE THE CREAMY BACON CHICKEN FOR DINNER TONIGHT…..LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS DISH…….IT IS GOING TO BE ADDED INTO THE MEAL ROTATION. I BELIEVE IT CALLED FOR LEMON AND HE DIDN’T HAVE ANY SO HE SUBSTITUTED MOZZ CHEESE…LOL YOU KNOW LEMON FOR CHEESE GOOD COMPROMISE.. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! HE PARED THE DISH WITH SOME EGG NOODLES. THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL NEW ADDITION.

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha love it! Thanks, Kim!

  4. Mr. Jamie Norman says:

    5 stars
    As others have stated, a very easy and tasty meal, which is easy to ‘adjust’ and add to. The only issue that I had was that mine was slightly too salty for my taste; possibly due to the bacon, possibly due to the bouillon that i used in the absence of having Chicken stock. Will I make it again? You bet I will!

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you enjoyed it!! 😀

  5. Lee Hanley says:

    Do you use a cast iron skillet for this? Does it matter? Making this tonight!

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Lee!! Yes – the exact one is linked in the blog post. It’s an enameled cast iron. Any skillet will be fine! 🙂 Hope you love it!

  6. David Knowles says:

    5 stars
    Relative novice here. This was a massive success. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      That makes me happy, David!! 😀 Thanks for your review!

  7. Caro says:

    5 stars
    Very yummy & so easy to make. Tastes like something you’d get at a restaurant.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much, Caro!

  8. Trisha says:

    5 stars
    Big family hit and a new regular in the rotation. It is so yummy, if you haven’t made this yet, just DO IT! Easy to make low carb

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much, Trisha!!

  9. Downtown says:

    5 stars
    This has become a staple on my rotation. It is the most requested dish from my man child (he’s 6’5′ and eats like it). Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha love that!!

  10. Susie C says:

    5 stars
    Spot on perfection! My husband raved!! Served exactly as shown spooned some of that wonderful sauce over mashed potatoes. This was pure heaven on a plate! So far I’ve made 3 of your recipes and all 3 have been wonderful. As a matter of fact the sloppy joes are a once a week meal in this house! Can’t wait to choose what to make next!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much, Susie!! 😀 That makes me so happy that you’ve been enjoying a variety of my recipes. I appreciate you taking the time to write me a review, and let me know what else you try. XO