Broccoli Bacon Smothered Chicken

I’m on a mission to find out how many recipes for chicken I can come up with, I think.  The versatility of chicken makes it my favorite protein, because almost anything tastes good paired with it.  I also love posting easy recipes like this so my readers can use it as inspiration for their favorite foods; you can follow it exactly as written, or you can combine your family’s favorite toppings and make your own great meal.  Plus, you really shouldn’t pile cheese onto a filet, and a life without cheese is a life I don’t want to live, if you know what I mean.


I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and gathering my ingredients above.


First I cooked the bacon and steamed the broccoli in the microwave and set them aside to cool slightly.  I broke the bacon into bite-sized pieces when it was cool enough to handle.  I added half of the bacon and all of the shredded mozzarella cheese to a mixing bowl along with the softened cream cheese and stirred everything together.


Next I melted the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.  I seasoned both sides of my chicken breasts and placed them flat in the pan for a few minutes on each side.


I took the chicken off the heat and then began layering the toppings.  First I spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the chicken, then I carefully placed the broccoli and remaining bacon pieces, and finally I sprinkled the shredded jack cheese generously over top.  I baked it for 10 minutes until the cheese melted.  You could also place this under the broiler for 1-2 minutes for a nice golden crisp on top.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!  This is great on its own but would also be delicious cut up and served over some cauliflower rice or with a side of roasted asparagus.  Leftovers could be re-heated and turned into a “pasta” dish with zoodles or roasted spaghetti squash, too.

Broccoli Bacon Smothered Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 seving

Broccoli Bacon Smothered Chicken

Ingredients

  • 16oz thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1c broccoli florets
  • 1/2c shredded jack cheese
  • 1/2c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 2tblsp butter
  • To Taste
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook the bacon and steam the broccoli in the microwave; crumble the bacon and set aside.
  3. Mix 1/2 of the bacon, the mozzarella cheese, and the softened cream cheese together and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Season both sides of the chicken breasts and place them in the pan for a few minutes on each side.
  6. Once cooked, spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the chicken, place the broccoli florets and remaining bacon pieces on top, and generously sprinkle with shredded jack cheese.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes until the cheese has melted.

Nutrtional Information

Per serving: 497 calories, 6g total carbs, 5g net carbs, 36g fat, 41g protein (Note: Please remember these numbers are based on the brands I used and may vary slightly with other brands.)

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