Smothered Chicken Breasts Recipe
- 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.
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
"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!"
"Hi Mgooch,That 1/4 c. brown sugar is divided evenly over the four chicken breasts.Sue StetzelTaste of Home Magazine"
"How do you figure one serving of this only has 16g of sugar when 1/4 c. brown sugar has over 50g?"
"Amazing flavor! My husband & I both loved it! It's a keeper!"
"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."
"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!"
"Delicious! We liked it and make variations which are all good. We modified steps so it all came out warm."
"my family loved this. will make again."
"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!"
"OHHH so good!"
"Delicious!! The whole family loves it. I add a little honey mustard to the caramelized onions and its a wonderful addition!"
"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!"
"Turned out amazing! I put it all under the broiler for a minute to melt the cheese before serving."
"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."
"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!!!"
"excellent as written. made as sandwiches"
"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!"
"Delicious and easy to prepare! Thanks for a great recipe."
"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."
"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."
"We used Cheddar cheese and it was amazing. Will make again soon."
"Delicious!! I will definitely be making this again, maybe next time seasoning the chicken with something different than lemon pepper"
"This was very tasty. I will make it again."
"This is excellent, my husband wants it again. I didn't have the cheese the recipe called for so I used smoked gouda.......so good!! I will be making this again."
"This was so easy and tasted amazing!!! Will definitely make again!"
"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."
"I thought it was just ok. Won't make again."
"This was wonderful!!"
"So easy and oh sooooooooooo good"
"I prepared it exactly as directed, and we loved it. Thank you for a great recipe!"
"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."
"Good -- the onions were delicious and a big hit! Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally (if thick) or they take forever to cook!"
"My husband loved it, I had a lot of fun creating something that was different from the normal weeknight meal"
"Good and easy to make"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"I made this for my mother and she loved it!"
"The onions don't taste like onions and you can barely tell there is lemon pepper on it. It was Reallllllly! good."
"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!"
"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."
"was excellent a family pleaser. great"
"Made this tonight for my family and they LOVED it!"
"I had at my sister's place and absolutely loved it even tough I don't like onions. They were caramilzed and yummy."
"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!!!"
"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!"
"This was so simple and so flavorful. Everything worked well together, my husband and I both really enjoyed it."
"Very good! My husband and I both loved it."
"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."
"These are our favorite! I like to use thin sliced chicken breasts and I double the onions b/c they're sooooo good."
"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."
"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."
"This was wonderful! My son took leftovers to work, and was sharing with co-workers, who then wanted the recipe."
"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."
"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."
"Great brown sugar taste with the onions and my husband thinks that the bacon gives it just the right touch!"
"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."
"Very tasty! Would definitely make this again!"
"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."
"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!"
"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"
"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."
"As quick and easy to make as it is delicious."
"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"
"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."
"Too sweet with the brown sugar - omit that and cut back on the fat, please."
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"This was just terrific. All the best flavors. This will become a regular on our dinner table from here on."
"This was soooo good and quick! My mouth waters just thinking about it."
"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."
"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!"
"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 BrendaVikki1413"
"I had my father over for dinner and prepared this meal...it 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!"
"My husband doesnt like lemon pepper so I used garlic pepper instead. I also added sated mushrooms and it was delicious."
"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!"
"These are awesome. I flatten the chicken til it's quite thin so it's more tender."