Smothered Chicken

 

There is no need for an explanation here. I don’t need to sell you on how good chicken smothered in cheese and bacon is, do I? I didn’t think so. 🙂

When I pulled this out of the oven my husband said, “What’s the catch?” He is use to me making all sorts of “rabbit food” types of dishes. He was happily surprised by this one. Little did he know, I was happy about it too. Healthy eating isn’t just about nuts and berries–it’s about eating high-quality, whole foods. I used pastured chicken, pastured bacon, and freshly shredded organic, raw cheese. Did you know pre-shredded cheese has cellulose in it? This is a powder made from wood pulp to prevent the cheese from sticking together. You can bypass eating wood pulp by buying a block of cheese and shredding it yourself. It may seem like a hassle up front but once you get use to doing it on a regular basis, it is no big deal.

I served this dish with roasted broccoli, but I think any green vegetable would pair great with it. If your family likes a starch side dish, you could serve it with a side of brown rice, quinoa or baked potatoes. Don’t go all cooky on me for suggesting baked potatoes. A potato is a real food that comes from the earth. I would rather see someone eat a proper serving of a baked potato than a refined grain from a box. Either way you slice it, you are going to receive rave reviews on this Smothered Chicken recipe.

Smothered Chicken
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Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 8 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • BBQ seasoning of choice, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with BBQ seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  2. Remove chicken from oven. Turn oven to broil. Top chicken with cheese and bacon crumbles. Broil for 2-4 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbly and bacon is warmed.

NOTES

Gina Schade

Gina Schade

Gina is a certified health coach and author of The 90/10 Life Cookbook, and The 90/10 Life Meal Planner. She work with individuals like you to help them incorporate healthy habits into their lives one bite at a time!

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