Thursday, January 13, 2011

Western Bacon Cheesy Chicken

This was one of those quick weeknight dinners that got thrown together with what I had on hand. It all started when I saw the few leftover pieces of uncooked bacon from Sunday’s breakfast looking at me, just begging to be made into something. While bacon isn’t exactly known for its waist trimming properties, the upside… it’s pretty darn tasty! And thus began the Western Bacon Cheesy Chicken! Simple concept, simple flavors, simple prep, and tasted great. Ok, so perhaps the name is a bit long, but we can work on that one. Anyhoo, if you’re in a hurry and want to do something quick, give this one a try. Enjoy!

Western Bacon Cheesy Chicken
Chicken Breasts (I used chicken breast tenders, because it’s what I had on hand. I would have preferred to use regular chicken breasts, pounded flat.)
BBQ Sauce (mixed with a few shakes of hot sauce – optional)
2-4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 shallot or ½ small onion, chopped
Splash of beer (optional)
Cheddar cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Heat bacon in pan until about halfway done & blot out most of grease with paper towels. Add in shallot/onion and pepper; caramelize. Once bacon is done and onions are translucent, this is where you would add a splash beer to deglaze the pan. Cook until liquid is evaporated and remove from pan, set aside.

Add chicken to hot pan. Sear on both sides and cook until almost done. Remove from pan, coat with BBQ sauce and transfer to foil lined baking dish. Top each piece with bacon/onion mixture and sprinkle with cheese.

Place in oven until chicken is done through and cheese is melted. I served with quick and easy mashed potatoes & a side of steamed veggies. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Yum-O. I made these the other night as needed something quick and remembered you had posted this. They were delish. Thanks!