This one pan bacon roasted chicken breasts is the ultimate family-style dinner recipe. I’ve talked about my love for Sunday dinners before, and this recipe was created with those family gatherings in mind. I’ve grown to love them over the past year or so. When it comes down to it, the day doesn’t really matter, but the act of coming together for a meal is something that is really important to me. I mean, I’ve read so many articles about the importance of family meals and I really believe that it’s true. Growing up, we always had family meals, even during the week when things were really busy and my sister and I were being shuttled from school or skating or soccer or whatever we had on the go, despite working a full time job, my mom always had a homemade dinner for us. It is so incredible now that I think about it. As a child, you don’t really understand how difficult that can be and what an amazing and almost outlier experience I had growing up,
I still live at home, but I spend more time than ever with my friends and I think I’ve transferred my love for dining with others to them. For me, eating an sharing food with others is such an uplifting and happy experience. Going out for dinner or lunch or just for coffee is one of my favourite ways to spend time with the people I love. This can get expensive though, so my friends and I will often cook together. Homemade sushi one night, baking eclairs with choux pastry another night, potlucks and barbecues (which are often a bring-your-own-food sort of occasion) – spending time cooking or baking together and then enjoying the fruits of your labour is the most rewarding. It’s a really great way to bond and spend time together doing something meaningful. I think for me, it comes down to creating something. I’ve always loved making things and for me, cooking is the ultimate form of creating.
Someone once asked me why I cook, which is a pretty tough question to ask a foodie. I had to think about it for a moment, and now I’ve had even more time to think it over and to answer the question honestly, I love to cook for myself, and my own sanity, but I also love to cook because I love to share. I especially love when there are meals that are served family style, with everyone serving themselves different dishes, roasted Brussels sprouts in the winter and Italian coleslaw in the summer, but family dinners don’t have to be anything fancy, these Bacon Roasted Chicken Breasts are made with the most simple ingredients; chicken breasts, bacon, white wine, garlic, dried thyme and of course, mushrooms. They go straight from the oven to the table, ready to be served up to a family that will be most thankful. Add some rice and steamed green beans and you have yourself a perfect Sunday dinner.
Food for thought
Do you have family dinners? How do you fit them into your busy schedule?
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 6 chicken breasts
- 6 strips of bacon, sliced in half
- 8 oz white button mushrooms
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- ½ cup white wine
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- pepper for seasoning
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Add olive oil to a large casserole dish. Arrange chicken breasts on oil.
- Place 2 half strips of bacon diagonally across each chicken breast.
- Add white button mushrooms to the dish.
- Crush garlic over chicken and mushrooms.
- Add white wine and lemon juice.
- Sprinkle with dried thyme and season with pepper.
I hope someday, if I have a family, that we’ll have lots of fun Sunday dinners; I think it’s a pretty great way to end the week and kickoff the coming one and this recipe for bacon roasted chicken breasts should be the next meal you serve.