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Smothered Chicken Breasts Recipe

Smothered Chicken Breasts Recipe

After trying this delicious chicken dish in a restaurant, I decided to recreate it at home. Topped with bacon, caramelized onions and zippy shredded cheese, it comes together in no time with ingredients I usually have on hand. Plus, it cooks in one skillet, so it’s a cinch to clean up! —Brenda Carpenter, Warrensburg, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 bacon strips
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese


  • 1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and lemon-pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil for 6-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°; remove and keep warm.
  • 2. In same skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
  • 3. In drippings, saute onion and brown sugar until onion is tender and golden brown. Place two bacon strips on each chicken breast half; top with caramelized onions and cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 445 calories, 34g fat (13g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 619mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein .

Reviews for Smothered Chicken Breasts

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goodram 253931
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2016

"My family loved it, including my husband, who is not a fan of chicken or onions. I used turkey bacon and served with rice. I added water to the brown sugar and onions to make a sauce and will double next time. Definitely a keeper!"

sstetzel 253075
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2016

"Hi Mgooch,

That 1/4 c. brown sugar is divided evenly over the four chicken breasts.
Sue Stetzel
Taste of Home Magazine"

mgooch 253002
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"How do you figure one serving of this only has 16g of sugar when 1/4 c. brown sugar has over 50g?"

jeanclarice 241578
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"Amazing flavor! My husband & I both loved it! It's a keeper!"

Michaelt309 237443
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"My wife made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit with our family. She just didnt add the chesse because my husband can't have cheese and it was still delicious. We will make again for sure."

Yemar 236740
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"I didn't think this would have much flavor, but I was very happy with the end results. I did pound out the chicken before cooking just to speed up the cooking time. I cut down on the sugar as other viewers suggested, but will not do it again. I think the brown sugar is what made this so good. My kids loved it! I will definitely be making this again!"

Parkhart 233785
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"Delicious! We liked it and make variations which are all good. We modified steps so it all came out warm."

ardy bare 233745
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"my family loved this. will make again."

buffetfan 232186
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015 Edited Jul. 5, 2016

"This is one of the best recipes I have ever made! Everyone enjoyed it and cleaned their plate. I will say your chicken breasts won't cook in 7 minutes on each side. I flattened mine for more even cooking but they still took 30 minutes or more. When I figured they were taking a long time, I cooked the bacon separately, otherwise dinner would have been really late. Once the chicken was done I put some bacon grease in the chicken pan and cooked the onions. I added a bit of chicken broth to the pan to deglaze and I had a bit of a really nice gravy that was totally unexpected.

I also worried that cooking everything in the order that the chicken would get cold. I agree the steps should be reversed. Cook the bacon, then onions, then chicken and I suggest adding the onions back to the pan with the chicken to warm them before serving. That way, everything is hot and the cheese will melt. This will definitely be made again in our house!"

ahmom 232138
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

"OHHH so good!"

LBurkey 229337
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"This was a delicious way to fix chicken. I cut a thick chicken breast in half vertifcally and used one slice of bacon for each half breast. I also used mozzarella cheese instead of Colby-Monterey."

BettySkog 228194
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"Delicious!! The whole family loves it. I add a little honey mustard to the caramelized onions and its a wonderful addition!"

Beckiboo 228138
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"The sweetness of the brown sugar onions with the bacon and cheese is the perfect combination! Had dinner done in 20 minutes! Perfect for the low carb lovers and the picky eaters!"

mkaskela 225975
Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"Turned out amazing! I put it all under the broiler for a minute to melt the cheese before serving."

danielleylee 225822
Reviewed May. 3, 2015

"This dish has the right amount of sweetness with the brown sugar. My husband says he has never had anything like it but loves it. I will unquestionably be making this again. I did cut this recipe in half and also cut down on the bacon to only 2 slices but chopped it up."

aug2295 224838
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015


tudy3 224504
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"So delicious!"

changde 220387
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015 Edited Feb. 13, 2015

"Made this tonite. My very picky family loved it! Very easy and so delicious. Even my daughter who always avoid onions said,"Mom, you should totally make this again!" Didn't change any ingredients but did crumbled the bacon. Thanks for sharing!!!"

Brenna16 220216
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"excellent as written. made as sandwiches"

MY REVIEW 218767
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"I have made this several times and my family loves it. I also cook the bacon first then the onions and chicken. It's really important not to overcook the onions. Easy recipe and tastes great!"

MonnaL 218010
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2015

"Delicious and easy to prepare! Thanks for a great recipe."

pcrandell 217258
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"Loved it made my own lemon pepper with fresh lemon peels, pepper and salt. Next time I make this I am going to cut bacon into small pieces and saut? it with the onions and then carmelize it. My chicken breast where kind of thick think it would work better with thinner breast."

daven101 215640
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"Love this recipe! Eliminated the lemon pepper and used salt, pepper, chilli powder, and garlic powder as spices. Everything else the same. My family loved it. Will definitely make again."

scsvatek 155622
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"We used Cheddar cheese and it was amazing. Will make again soon."

Leah0509 136867
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"Delicious!! I will definitely be making this again, maybe next time seasoning the chicken with something different than lemon pepper"

Gramma2008 83794
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"This was very tasty. I will make it again."

Joannajames 155621
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"This is excellent, my husband wants it again. I didn't have the cheese the recipe called for so I used smoked good!! I will be making this again."

homemadewithlove 83792
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"Quick dinner and the bacon and onions really flavor the chicken. Next time I will use a different seasoning/spice as I don't like lemon pepper seasoning and thought it took away from the flavor rather than enhancing it."

pmcnally24 157786
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"This was so easy and tasted amazing!!! Will definitely make again!"

stepho9205 138374
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"This was so good! I did not use the lemon-pepper seasoning, just black pepper, and I put cheddar cheese on instead of Colby-Monterey cheese. My picky 6-year old ate the whole portion super quick."

JanCH 140172
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"I thought it was just ok. Won't make again."

ritterlinda 140171
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"This was wonderful!!"

OnHold 158072
Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"So easy and oh sooooooooooo good"

MaggieWB 77086
Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"I prepared it exactly as directed, and we loved it. Thank you for a great recipe!"

MarineMom_texas 155619
Reviewed May. 18, 2014 Edited May. 23, 2016

"I prepared this delicious chicken dish the other night and both my husband and I loved it. It is easy to prepare by following the steps. We will definitely have this again. Absolutely delicious. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor."

hcdearmore 162464
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"Good -- the onions were delicious and a big hit! Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally (if thick) or they take forever to cook!"

suditsky 154699
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"My husband loved it, I had a lot of fun creating something that was different from the normal weeknight meal"

captgeo5 158070
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Good and easy to make"

jtbell 83434
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"Delicious!!! Made for dinner tonight with some minor changes...had no chicken breasts so used 2 skinless thighs and legs and more onions! I may cut down the sugar or use Splenda since I am diabetic!"

scrrrumptious 109218
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"Pretty easy and delicious! I didn't use the brown sugar, Colby jack, or lemon pepper. I used mozzarella because that's what I had and garlic seasoning mix because I don't like lemon pepper. I followed others' suggestions and did the bacon and onion first. I think it would have been better with the Colby jack so next time I'll make sure I have it and I'll crumble the bacon because the strips just slide off."

avidcookGA 162463
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"I also made this in reverse - cooking the bacon first, then the onions, and then the chicken. I seasoned the chicken with Montreal Steak Seasoning instead of lemon pepper. After the chicken was cooked, I placed the broken up bacon pieces and onions on top. I then added the cheese and placed a lid on the skillet to allow the cheese to melt. Delicious! I have also subbed swiss cheese for the Colby Monterey Jack. Sometimes, I add sautéed mushrooms to the toppings. This is a great recipe that can be tweaked to meet the tastes of your family."

hotfudgesundae 154698
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"Delicious! Everyone gave this chicken recipe a thumbs up. Followed the recipe as written, except to give the cheese topped masterpiece time to melt. Great recipe!"

hamhock32 83359
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"I made this for my mother and she loved it!"

hamhock32 83781
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"The onions don't taste like onions and you can barely tell there is lemon pepper on it. It was Reallllllly! good."

jbug827 63411
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"Very tasty! Really - with bacon, cheese and sweet onions, how could it be bad???? I prepared it in reverse - starting with the bacon. I chose to dice the bacon before cooking. After removing the bacon I did the onions. Be careful not to overdo the onions or you may end up with caramel onions that stick to your teeth. (I may or may not have learned that the hard way!!) When the onions were done, I removed them to a separate bowl, wiped the skillet out and then cooked the chicken. Once the chicken was done I piled the fixings up on top and let the cheese melt a bit. We enjoyed it with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Yum!"

KerstieIshea 207839
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"I made this last night for the first time, and it was really delish. I did modify some things, however. Instead of lemon pepper rubbed chicken, I breaded the chicken in Panko because, I'm not a big fan of lemon pepper. Also, instead of bacon slices, I chopped the bacon into pieces before cooking it, and just piled it on top! The only thing I will do differently next time is put the cheese on top of the chicken, then the onions and bacon on top of the cheese so everything sticks together better. I highly recommend this dish."

jeanc1 63410
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"was excellent a family pleaser. great"

macaroni girl 158067
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"Made this tonight for my family and they LOVED it!"

lambchop21 69240
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"I had at my sister's place and absolutely loved it even tough I don't like onions. They were caramilzed and yummy."

Worshipguy 88778
Reviewed May. 10, 2012

"This is a great flavor combination! I loved it! My only suggestion is to cook the bacon at the same time as the chicken in another skillet. At the end I placed the chicken in the skillet I had cooked the onions in and layered the chicken in there and allowed the cheese to melt. Delicious!"

audreaj 207838
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"This is sooo yummy! I cut the bacon and the onion into smaller pieces to make it easier to eat, but otherwise did exactly as described and was very happy with this! will certainly be making this again!!!"

simplegirl36 83780
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"I'm not a huge bacon fan but I decided to try it and I'm glad I did. This is absolutely DELISH! The onions and the bacon were so good with the chicken. I love it!"

Potroast911 207837
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"This was so simple and so flavorful. Everything worked well together, my husband and I both really enjoyed it."

snteter 77085
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Very good! My husband and I both loved it."

txmdn 207836
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"This is a very moist and flavorful chicken. I made this when we had guests over for dinner and we all loved it. It even re-heat pretty well for lunch the next day."

lizaderd217 109217
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"This is awesome! We love it. Instead of lemon pepper I used ranch seasoning. I usually cook the chicken in a seperate pan so that I can cook the onions for a longer period of time, I like them very carmelized."

p.ballard 63409
Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"These are our favorite! I like to use thin sliced chicken breasts and I double the onions b/c they're sooooo good."

sbreinhardt 77084
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"THIS WAS SO GOOD!! The onions had the best caramelized taste ever... My fiance, my kids and I will definitely be making this on a regular base."

senzascusa 83779
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Excellent recipe, but I'll make a couple changes next time. Wish I would have read reviews first about cutting sugar in half. My onions were fine, but on my husbands plate the onions practically turned into toffee--guess he got most of the drippings and it hardened as it cooled. I did like the sweetness though.

Also, next time I would pound the breasts flat as well as add more spices like chipotle, cumin, etc, for more zing. I did make more onion that called for which was good. Will certainly make again."

poohbear22 162458
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"This was wonderful! My son took leftovers to work, and was sharing with co-workers, who then wanted the recipe."

merry2 162457
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"This is delicious and easy to make - if you use a sugar substitute blend of brown sugar, like the splenda brown sugar blend it cuts the carbs a bit and is something that can be included in a diabetic diet as well."

jtkr2010 136864
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"My husband & I loved this recipe! I followed the advice in several of the comments and only used half of the brown sugar - the onions were awesome. Next time i may use pepper-jack cheese instead."

blessednest 207835
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010


p.ballard 158063
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"Great brown sugar taste with the onions and my husband thinks that the bacon gives it just the right touch!"

robbync 154697
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"Very good, I omited the sugar and used sweeter white wine to deglaze the pan and carmalize the onions. Added some chipolte spice to the onions at the end. It was great! Thanks for sharing."

missgangloff 157782
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"Very tasty! Would definitely make this again!"

Gorsuch 140170
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"This recipe should be rated above a 5 star! It was so favorful! I did use the bacon strips that are cooked in the microwave which saved time."

kcal2031 154696
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"Excellent! My husband is already asking to have this again. We added a splash of white wine when cooking the onions to deglaze the pan. The onions are the best part & I will probably double them next time I make it...which will be soon!"

Lynsue 136863
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"Fantastic....I also cut the Br. sugar in half, and used pepper jack cheese instead, we like a little spice. It was very easy and goooood....Thanks"

lindaterry 154695
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"This was delicious!! I took other reviewers' advice and used about half of the brown sugar called for in the recipe to carmelize the onions and also poured off most of the bacon fat. This was really good and very easy."

charles coello 162421
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"As quick and easy to make as it is delicious."

AnnJLocke 140169
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"My son found this recipe and when I tried it he loved it, my husband is a diabetic and I used the Splenda brown sugar when I made it when he was home and it tasted just as good as with the regular brown sugar"

annsway1 83778
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"I splurged on calories and cooked it as stated. I'm glad I did. It was excellent and deserves the prize. Thanks so much for publishing so all can enjoy."

mrsennis 63408
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"Too sweet with the brown sugar - omit that and cut back on the fat, please."

allaboutcookies86 88700
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2010

"This is THE BEST way to eat chicken! Everything goes together so well. I never would have thought of that combination. However, there is a little too much brown sugar to sautee the onions so I will use less next time, but GREAT besides that and will make it on a regular basis!"

cwbuff 207834
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"The softness and sweetness of the onions is in delicious contrast to the saltiness and crispness of the bacon. Fast and easy enough for a busy weeknight but good enough for company. Good job, Brenda! Thanks for sharing."

grensrud 154693
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"This was fantastic! I did alter some of the ingredients to suit our tastes though - I used a cajun seasoning rather than the lemon-pepper, omitted the salt and canola oil (used olive oil spray), and only used about 2 TBS of brown sugar. I also did not reserve any of the drippings, but didn't scrape the pan clean either. Between the drippings that coated the pan and the olive oil spray there was plenty left to saute the onion. Will become a regular on our table!"

carrolcofer 63407
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"This was just terrific. All the best flavors. This will become a regular on our dinner table from here on."

cfudala49837 154691
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"This was soooo good and quick! My mouth waters just thinking about it."

shellers33 109214
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"Just made this for dinner and it was fantastic. I made it in 30 minutes flat by cutting the chicken breasts thin and cooking the bacon in the microwave. Served it over rice with a side of green beans and pillsbury biscuits...tasted great and looked good too."

valanddansmith 162419
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"This was very good but a little on the sweet side. Next time, I'll cut the sugar by at least half, and possibly add some pepper flakes or use pepper jack cheese to heat it up a little. We grilled the chicken and added the toppings afterwards."

stacywonfor 138372
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"We love this recepie! I've changed up the lemon-pepper with a cayenne based seasoning we love, and I don't do onions because I don't care for them. To cut time, I use ready-to-eat bacon that I heat up in the microwave. This is great with a veggie blend and rice! It's one of our favorites!"

vikki1413 83710
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"I made this recipe last night and my family LOVED it. My youngest son said this one is a keeper. Very easy to make. My husband loved the onions (I didn't make enough). Can't wait to make it again. Thanks Brenda


Stacey3978 69220
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2008

"I had my father over for dinner and prepared this is one of his favorites now. Since it was such a big hit with my Dad, I decided to bring some to my Grandma (who is very critical of food) and she loved it too. She said it reminded her of something she'd order at Outback Steakhouse. I'll be making this meal again for sure!"

thankG0d 158062
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2008

"My husband doesnt like lemon pepper so I used garlic pepper instead. I also added sated mushrooms and it was delicious."

cliffymom 207833
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2008

"Re: Smothered chicken Breasts

This is a great recipe. I don't usually flatten the chicken breasts. It takes me about 45 minutes to prepare. I usually use about half of the bacon."

keverwann 109131
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2008

"The flattened chicken was great! It took 45 minutes for my onions to carmelize, so the 30 minute total is rather misleading. I left the cheese out and it was fabulous!"

elisa 140168
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2008

"I like the idea of the flattened chicken! I also modified the recipe by cubing the chicken and breaking the bacon into bite size pieces. This makes it easier for younger children to enjoy too."

cookbookmom 83315
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2007

"These are awesome. I flatten the chicken til it's quite thin so it's more tender."

Sue.H 162417
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2007


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