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Smothered Chicken Breasts

 Smothered Chicken Breasts
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
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • In same skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a
  • slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2
  • tablespoons drippings.
  • 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 serving (1 each) equals 445 calories, 34 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 619 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 16 g protein.