Easy meals like this Skillet Fried Chicken with Bacon Gravy are terrific for quick and filling weekday meals. The ingredients are simple and you may have everything you need already in your pantry. Lightly floured boneless skinless chicken breasts are pan fried then smothered with a decadent bacon, onion and mushroom gravy. It's so tender and flavorful it's a dish that puts the comfort in comfort food.
Skillet Fried Chicken With Bacon Onion and Mushroom Gravy
This dish is a product of an uber busy day when I was and running short on time. I knew I had chicken breasts thawed and a pound of mushrooms that were needing to be used. So, I threw together these ingredients choosing to dredge the chicken pieces in a homemade seasoned flour. Lo and behold, it was an immediate hit.
Helpful Tips for Making Skillet Chicken and Gravy
This skillet fried chicken is an amped up version of smothered chicken that can be prepared in one skillet on the stove top any day of the week. I particularly love the smokiness that the bacon lends to the mushrooms and onions in the luscious cream gravy. This is the sort of meal that my family practically inhales and it always leaves them asking for more.
- If you don't care for mushrooms, you may leave them out without any other adjustments.
- Serve this chicken with a heaping helping of mashed potatoes or over buttered rice with a side of sweet peas or green beans.
- The cooking time may be adjusted depending on the size of the chicken pieces being used. Larger pieces may take slightly longer and smaller pieces will cook more quickly. Adjust accordingly.
- You may also like to try this Skillet Tomato Chicken from Well Plated.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Skillet Fried Chicken with Bacon Gravy
- 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour divided
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt plus additional as needed
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or oregano
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dry tarragon
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper plus additional as needed
- 4 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms (may omit, if desired)
- 3 medium green onions thinly sliced and divided
- 2 cup whole milk or half & half
- In large heavy bottomed skillet, cook the bacon, until crispy. Drain on paper towels reserving 2 tablespoon of drippings in the pan and reserve the rest for cooking the mushrooms and onions. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
- Sift together ½ cup all-purpose flour, seasoned salt, paprika, dried Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, tarragon and black pepper.
- Coat the chicken pieces on all sides with the seasoned flour.
- Add a couple of drizzles of olive oil to the bacon drippings in the pan.
- Cook the chicken pieces over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side until golden and the juices run clear. Add additional oil as needed. Adjust the cooking time according to the thickness of the chicken.
- Remove from the pan to a platter and keep warm while you make the gravy.
- Add the reserved bacon drippings back to the pan. Add additional olive oil if needed to equal around ¼ cup total.
- Add the sliced mushrooms and green onion, reserving 1 tablespoon of green onion for garnishing. Season with seasoned salt and black pepper to your taste.
- Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms have softened and are beginning to brown.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup of all-purpose flour over the cooked mushrooms. Stir and cook over medium heat just until the flour has absorbed the liquid.
- Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly. Bring the gravy to a simmer. continue to stir. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.
- Bubble gently for 5 minutes or until thickened. After thickened, stir in ½ of the bacon crumbles.
- Return the chicken to the pan, spooning the gravy on top. Garnish with the reserved green onion and bacon crumbles.
- Serve immediately.
Sounds wonderful! I cannot wait to try out this recipe!:)
Hi! This sounds absolutely delicious! Unfortunately my husband wont eat anything even resembling a mushroom. Could those be left out or something else put in as a substitute?
I was wondering if there was a substitute for mushrooms as well. I have a kid that is allergic in my home. Has anyone made this dish without mushrooms or substituted it with something else?
You can just leave them out, it's no problem.
Hi Andrea, just leave them out no other adjustment needed. Enjoy!
Sounds delicious! Along the lines of the previous comment, do you think leftovers would reheat well or will the sauce break? It's only my husband and I but I always like having leftovers for another dinner.
Hi Noga, sure follow the same technique only reheating what you want to serve each time.
Hi Patricia, I usually make this dish and serve it because as gravy cools it thickens. I think if you're hard pressed for time, you probably could, but keep the chicken and gravy separate and reheat separately. When warming the gravy you'll need to have warm milk or broth ready to thin. Pour over the chicken and garnish with bacon crumbles and green onion just before serving.
This dish sounds wonderful......I would be interested in serving this for guests but I would need to prepare it earlier in the day and hold it over until our guests arrive. Is this possible? I would like to serve it with wild/long grain rice and either green beans or asparagus which I would prepare just before serving.