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Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

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Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 4
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Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

A easy savory chicken dinner where apple cider is the star ingredient!

Ingredients

4
small (about 6 ounces each) chicken breasts, trimmed
Kosher salt
Ground black pepper
4
pieces thick applewood slab bacon, diced
1
medium yellow onion, diced (about a half cup)
1
teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1
teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves
2
tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2
cups unsweetened apple cider
1
cup low sodium chicken broth (like Progresso™ Low Sodium chicken broth)

Directions

  • 1 One at a time, lay chicken breasts between two sheets of sturdy plastic wrap. Use the flat side of a meat tenderizer to pound the chicken to uniform thickness. About 1/4 of an inch. Season both sides with salt and black pepper.
  • 2 Add the bacon to a deep 10 or 12 inch skillet. Turn the temperature to medium and cook the bacon until crispy. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a plate leaving the bacon drippings in the pan.
  • 3 Working in batches; cook the flattened chicken breasts 6-8 minutes per side or until fully cooked. Remove to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • 4 To the skillet add the diced onion and cook for 4-6 minutes until softened and slightly golden. Add the fresh herbs and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • 5 Sprinkle the two tablespoons of flour over top. Stir and cook the flour for 1-2 minutes.
  • 6 Whisk while pouring in the apple cider and the chicken broth. Bring the liquids to a bubble and let it reduce for 5-8 minutes. Check and season with more salt and pepper to taste.
  • 7 Add the crispy bacon back in to the pan sauce and stir. Return the cooked chicken breasts and any juices that accumulated back into the sauce to reheat.
  • 8 Serve the chicken breast on top of pasta or rice with a spoonful of the sauce over top, be sure to grab some of the bacon and onions.
  • 9 Complete this meal with steamed green beans.
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Apple cider isn’t just for sipping.

As prepared by Simply Scratch,

Don’t get me wrong, I love a piping hot mug of apple cider with a cinnamon stick (that I may or may not use as a straw) on a cool day, but I urge you to try it in something other than your mug. 

Have you ever tried cooking with it? I know… I see the wheels turning.

Apple cider is often overlooked as an ingredient. Probably because it isn’t the first thing you might think of when making a savory dish, but why not? Besides chicken, I bet it would be amazing with pork tenderloin or chops.

But in this chicken skillet recipe, onions, herbs, apple cider and chicken broth simmer away to make for an excellent pan sauce. Oh, and did I mention that there’s bacon involved?

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Grab your ingredients, and get ready for a mind-blowing dinner!

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Pounding chicken breasts is super simple and necessary when making this recipe. Flattening the chicken into uniform thickness helps your chicken cook quickly and evenly in the pan. Just place a chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap (or a re-sealable bag).

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Use the flat side of your meat tenderizer and pound it until it’s about a 1/4 inch thick. Don't have a meat tenderizer? Use a rolling pin or another heavy utensil.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

And just like that you have a thin chicken breast. Repeat with the rest. 


Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Next, season the chicken evenly on both sides with kosher salt and black pepper.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

In a deep 10- or 12-inch skillet, add the bacon and turn the temperature to medium. Slowly heating the bacon will render the fat and crisp the bacon nicely.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

While the bacon is cooking, dice up a half cup of yellow onion.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Once the bacon is crispy, use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a dish.  You want as much of the bacon fat left in the pan as possible.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Working in batches; lay the flattened chicken breasts into the hot pan with the bacon fat.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Cook the chicken about 6-8 minutes per side (or until fully cooked) before repeating with the remaining two chicken breasts. Keep the chicken warm on a plate tightly under foil.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Add  the onion to the pan.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Sauté the diced onion in the bacon fat for 6-8 minutes until soft, translucent and slightly golden. Add in a teaspoon each of the chopped thyme and sage.


Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Cook for an additional one to two minutes.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Sprinkle in the 2 tablespoons of flour.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Stir and cook for a minute.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Keep stirring while pouring in the chicken broth.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

And the unsweetened apple cider.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Whisk while the sauce boils and thickens, about 5-8 minutes.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Once the sauce has thickened and is reduced by half, add the cooked bacon. Taste and season the sauce with salt and black pepper to your preference.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Return the chicken and any juices that have accumulated into the pan and heat through.

 

Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

Serve the chicken over angel hair pasta or rice, and spoon the glorious sauce over the top, making sure you get some of that bacon, and serve it alongside of your favorite steamed veggie.

My whole family enjoyed this recipe, from my picky husband to my even-pickier eight-year-old. The chicken is moist and the sauce has a subtle sweetness from the cider and the heavenly smokiness from the bacon. It’s a quick and easy dish to whip up and definitely one that I know you will love!


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