Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken

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Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken is honestly one of the best skillet meals you will ever make! Tender chicken with a creamy sauce with bacon, mushroom, and thyme. The flavor is out of this world!

You guys. I have made a few really really good skillet chicken meals in my day. They are getting some serious rave reviews. This creamy tuscan garlic chicken or this creamy chicken marsala are just a few of the top five star recipes here on the blog. But this recipe right here is a MUST make!

Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken in a skillet.

Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken

You can’t go wrong with chicken smothered in a creamy and delicious sauce. But when you add bacon bits and mushrooms to it it takes it to a whole different delicious level. Oh and let us not forget about the thyme. Thyme is one of my favorite herbs to use in cooking and adds such amazing flavor. Seriously this creamy sauce is out of this world.

Just check out that crispy bacon and creamy mushroom thyme sauce. ??

This meal was devoured by my family. I know that you guys are going to LOVE this recipe and want to make it again and again! It is truly a five star meal that you can make right at home.

Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken Ingredients:

  • Chicken: Bone in chicken thighs are my first choice but you can also use boneless chicken thighs or breasts.
  • Olive oil: Adds great flavor to the chicken while it cooks.
  • Italian seasoning: I love the combination of flavors in Italian seasoning. (Basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme if you need to make your own at home.)
  • Salt and pepper: To taste. The salt will help bring out the other flavors so don’t forget to season the chicken well.
Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce:
  • Olive oil: I recommend extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
  • White mushrooms: Sliced to add a great texture to the creamy sauce.
  • Bacon: Cooked and crumble the bacon in when the sauce is simmering.
  • Heavy cream: Bring the heavy cream to a simmer until it starts to thicken.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste.
  • Garlic powder: Garlic powder gives the great garlic flavor that balances the sweetness of the cream and saltiness of the bacon.
  • Fresh thyme: Stems removed, this is my favorite seasoning in this entire dish!

Lets Cook Some Chicken Thighs:

  1. Preheat oven and skillet: Set oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat.
  2. Sear and season chicken: Add the chicken thighs and season with italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Pan Sear each side of the chicken for 1-2 minutes until brown and place skillet in oven.
  3. Bake: Place chicken in the oven for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout. Set chicken aside on a plate.
  4. Sauté mushrooms: Add olive oil to the skillet and sauté the mushrooms until soft.
  5. Simmer sauce: Add the bacon, heavy cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Bring to a simmer until the sauce starts to thicken. Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for another minute.
  6. Serve and enjoy immediately.

Close up of Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken in a black skillet.

Variations for Creamy Bacon Mushroom Chicken:

  • Pan fry the bacon: To cook the bacon I like to cut the strips into small (1 inch) pieces before cooking.  Then pan fry them while stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  • Then, depending on the bacon you use, you can cook the mushrooms in the drippings from the bacon instead of oil.
  • Cream sauce: Replace the heavy cream with 1 ½ cups of half and half.  If you need to thicken the sauce, add a little bit of flour.
  • Instant Pot Chicken: Cook the chicken in an Instant Pot instead of the oven: You still need to sear the chicken first.  Then, place in your IP with about a cup of water.  Use the “meat” function for 10 minutes on the normal section.
  • Service!  My kids don’t love their food covered in the sauce, so I plate the chicken without putting it in the sauce at the end.  I simply plate the chicken up separately and drizzle the sauce over the chicken instead or put the sauce in a small bowl for the girls to dip their chicken in.

Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken in a black skillet with a metal spoon.

Storing Chicken Thighs:

What is the deal with all the family packs of chicken lately? It seems like everywhere I shop I am seeing more and more of the huge packs of meat.  Its usually fine for me to buy in bulk with my big family, but for times when I am not cooking for the whole crew, that is a lot of meat! You may be in the same boat and looking to cook for one or two and are leery of a huge pack of chicken.  Well, I have good news for you, this chicken will store SO nicely.  So, buy the bulk pack and get that great deal, and I will give you the quick and easy info on storing the leftovers!

Storing Raw Chicken:

  • Keep up to 2 days in the refrigerator in its original wrap in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
  • Do not rinse raw chicken.
  • Store in a container on the bottom shelf so that it does not drip on other items.
  • Your refrigerator should be between 38-40 degrees F.
  • To freeze: Wrap each piece of chicken in separate pieces of foil or freezer bags, then put all pieces in one larger piece of foil or a large freezer bag.  That way you can pull out just what you need when you need it.  When stored properly, the chicken will last up to 9 months in the freezer.

Storing Already Cooked Chicken:

  • Leave out no longer than 2 hours before refrigerating or freezing after cooking.
  • Refrigerate the chicken in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • If correctly stored, cooked chicken will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator and 4 months in the freezer.
  • Once you thaw your cooked chicken in the refrigerator, it can stay an additional 3-4 days in the refrigerator before cooking.
  • If you thaw chicken in a microwave or in cold water, it should be eaten immediately after warming it up.

Close up of Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken with a metal spoon.

More Skillet Chicken Recipes to Try:

Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken

4.96 from 22 votes
Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Chicken is honestly one of the best skillet meals you will ever make! Tender chicken with a creamy sauce with bacon, mushroom, and thyme. The flavor is out of this world!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Chicken

Ingredients
  

  • 4 bone in chicken thighs can also use boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper

Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms sliced
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme stems removed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degree. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add the chicken thighs and season with italian seasoning and salt and pepper.
  • Pan Sear each side of the chicken for 1-2 minutes until brown and place skillet in oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout. Set chicken aside on a plate.
  • Add olive oil to the skillet and sauté the mushrooms until soft. Add the bacon, heavy cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Bring to a simmer until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for another minute. Serve immediately.

Notes

Updated on April 27, 2020
Originally Posted August 14, 2016

Nutrition

Serves: 4

Calories741kcal (37%)Carbohydrates6g (2%)Protein31g (62%)Fat66g (102%)Saturated Fat26g (130%)Cholesterol245mg (82%)Sodium647mg (27%)Potassium619mg (18%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A1088IU (22%)Vitamin C4mg (5%)Calcium73mg (7%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Italian American
Keyword bacon mushroom thyme chicken
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Sooooo good! I added a little grated parmesan cheese to the sauce. Served on a bed of rice. Outstanding!!!!

  2. I made this recipe with my aspiring chef 10 year old 😁. He rocked it! We paired it with roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes….simple comfort food. It was so delish and the fresh thyme played with your senses. A definite keeper. 45 mins of food prep and cooking and then we sat down for a awesome family meal. I had a glass of white wine with mine. Thx Alyssa. Will be making again. Great blogging for providing inspiration for my son and I.

  3. 5 stars
    Five stars!! This was a hit with me and my boyfriend. We’re doing keto and it was perfect. I was able to put five thighs in the pan instead of 4 and I’m glad I did; the boyfriend wolfed three of them down. I made this with roasted Brussel sprouts (I poured some of the left over bacon fat over the top – yum!) They went perfectly with the meal. Definitely saving this one!

  4. This dish is amazing! I meal prep a lot (cooking 3 lbs of bacon & freezing. cleaning & slicing chicken breasts & freezing) It makes meal making so much quicker. Everyone is busy, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I could make this with little work. I pulled homemade cream of mushroom soup and cooked bacon from the freezer. Browned the chicken with the seasonings listed & it was ready for the oven in 20 minutes max. Quick and easy for a weeknight meal. This would also be good as a large casserole for a couple of meals. Husband approved.

  5. 5 stars
    OMG Alyssa this recipe is FABULOUS!! Ignore Margo, she obviously doesn’t know good food when she tastes it. I omitted the bacon because we didn’t have any and it was still great! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts because my son doesn’t like thighs and everyone loved it. I believe this would be awesome using pork chops too. The Creamy sauce will be a go to around my house and it is so easy to double it. Thank you so much Alyssa, keep cooking and keep blogging!!

  6. What could you use instead of mushrooms my daughter-in-law doesn’t like them?. I was thinking about broccoli or julienned carrots.

  7. I made this recipe twice now
    DELICIOUS
    Love the flavours and easy to make
    Made it with mashed potatoes and the second time with rice
    Great dish
    Makes me look like a pro ????

  8. We made this with skinless split chicken breast and cooked it on the grill with grilled zucchini (brushed with olive oil and just salt and pepper). Also added baby spinach to the sauce for a bit more color and nutrition. Had to use dried thyme but it was still fabulous!
    Thank you for sharing this great recipe! We loved it!

  9. This is so good! My husband kept moaning thru dinner and he is a picky eater.Thanks for the new meal.

  10. Hi! This looks so yummy ? I’m wondering if I could substitute almond milk for the heavy cream? We’re dairy free, but I hate to miss out on this one! Thanks!!

    1. If you would prefer that you are welcome to try; however, I would not recommend that. The heavy cream is thicker and helps thicken the sauce. The almond milk will alter the taste too.

  11. I made a quick cooking version of this (cook bacon, cook cut up chicken breasts in the bacon fat, make the sauce) and served over rice for my husband and veggies (low carb) for myself. Really easy and delicious! I will definitely try with chicken thighs next time.

  12. I am “the cook” at my Fire department and work with some picky individuals. I modified it slightly using diced thick cut bacon and searing the chicken in the grease like Teri did. I also added diced garlic cloves with julienned sundried tomatoes when cooking the mushrooms. It paired well with steamed broccoli instead of a pasta. And of course I had to give it a more macho name calling it Tuscan Chicken Thighs. Needless to say that it was a HUGE hit!

    1. Hi Jason!
      This is so great. I am so happy that everyone liked it. I love your alterations that you made to the dish. Thanks for the comment and for all that you do for your community!

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