Chicken & Bacon Skillet

I’m always in search of new recipes that I can try on my cute family. Since we have such a large family there are tons of different favorite dishes. When I was first married I thought there were only a couple of ways to cook chicken. Boy was I wrong! That is one of the best things about doing this blog with my cute girls, getting out of my comfort zone.

This pan-fried chicken thigh dish is dancing in a creamy bacon sauce with a touch of lemon! Quick and easy recipe for skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs. It sure to please the pickiest eater and impress the chefs of your family!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 8 strips bacon (cooked, fat drained off, and chopped into small chunks) – divided
  • 5 thin lemon slices
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream.
  • 2 green onions, chopped


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Generously season chicken thighs with salt and pepper – make sure to season under the skin too. Add chicken thighs skin side down to the hot skillet. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on high-medium heat, covered, skin side down, without flipping, checking occasionally, until the skin side is very well browned.
  2. Remove chicken from the skillet.
  3. Add minced garlic and a small amount of chicken stock to deglaze the pan and cook the garlic for about a minute. Add the remaining chicken stock (1 cup). Add half the bacon (cooked, fat should be drained off, and chopped into small chunks).
  4. Add chicken back to the pan, on top of bacon and in the chicken broth. Arrange 5 thin lemon slices around chicken thighs – and cook, simmering, covered, for about 20 minutes, until chicken is done and is no longer pink in the center.
  5. After chicken is cooked, remove it from the skillet. Remove lemon slices from the skillet – it’s very important that you remove them now, do not leave them in for the sauce otherwise it will be too sour. Add 2/3 cup heavy cream to the skillet. Bring to boil and mix everything well, scraping from the bottom. Immediately reduce to simmer, add chicken thighs back to the skillet and reheat.
  6. To serve, spoon some of the sauce over the chicken thighs, and sprinkle with remaining chopped bacon and chopped green onions.

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4 thoughts on “Chicken & Bacon Skillet”

  1. Wow! That looks amazing! I love chicken and am always looking for new ways to prepare it. You can never go wrong with bacon; at least not in my house. Pinned.

  2. This dish is full of flavor, we will really enjoy this recipe! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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