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Cider Bacon Chicken Dinner

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 4
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A easy savory chicken dinner where apple cider is the star ingredient!
by: Simply Scratch
Updated May 10, 2017
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  • 4 small (about 6 oz 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)


  • 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. Complete this meal with steamed green beans.

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More About This Recipe

  • 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? 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. 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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