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Easy Bistro Chicken

one pan dinner easy bistro chicken

Some days, you just need a quick, easy, health(ier) dinner you know the whole family will love.  One that won’t make you feel tethered to the kitchen all day only to hear whining when dinner is served.  My Easy Bistro Chicken is a hit at my house hold!

I can make this one days when time to prep dinner is short and I am not in the kitchen all afternoon and my kids ask when are we having Easy Bistro Chicken again, even before the meal is over. That’s a win for mom!

Also recently, my aunt has moved into a retired living center.  We chatted back before Christmas about meals at her new digs.  There is a dining room where they serve meals and she also has her own full sized kitchen in her apartment. We were discussing that somedays,  you just don’t want to get all gussied up to head down to the dining room.  It would be much easier to walk into your kitchen and have a lunch – all made up for you!  So once a week I have been making and taking a medium sized pan of a lunch or breakfast that is about 2-3 meals to afford her the luxury of dining in her own cozy apartment.  I just made a little extra Bistro Chicken and delivered.  It also gives up some time to check in and catch up.  And I can help out on all the technology troubleshooting for her.  As a good niece would do.

My kids have really been into watching cooking shows together after dinner.  From Worst Cooks in America to Kids Baking Challenge, we watch them all.  And learn a few good tips along the way.  Thanks Chef Anne for marking the worst cooks with a red Sharpie when cooks hold the knife wrong. I correct my kids, but what do I know.  When they hear it from someone else on TV, then in must be legit.  This is a fun dish to get them into the kitchen and start putting some cooking skills into action.  And it’s a great way to hear about their day and gets them out from the screen.

Making the Quick & Easy Bistro Chicken

I’ve made this dish with some boneless and skinless chicken breasts and a rotisserie chicken and cutting all the good pieces off.  Both work and taste great, it just comes down to where you are shopping and what is convenient to purchase at the time.

I start off by gathering some more of my favorite ingredients. Trader Joe’s is close by and I like this Tuscan Italian dressing with Balsamic vinegar.  My kids love this dressing and we even make a nice green salad and top it with dressing as a great side dish.

Then – and don’t skip this part – start your side dish that you plan to serve this over.  I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten this part, especially when it comes to rice which takes longer in my rice cooker.  I have a beautiful dish ready, about to call the family to the table and bam..realize I forgot the rice.  Luckily, we have taken a liking to quicker cooking quinoa so my bacon gets saved and I can pull off “of course I didn’t forget the side” every time now.

I’ve been enjoying this fresh mozzarella that comes pre-sliced without much of a price difference.

This is my little one safely cutting up some turkey bacon for the dish.  Any bacon will make this dish shine, but my oldest requested turkey bacon.

Heat up a pan to medium to high heat and crisp up your bacon to your liking.  Remove from pan and let cool.  Once cool, cut into bite size pieces.

Adding turkey bacon to dinner

In the same pan, add a little oil and turn up your heat to medium hight.  Add your chicken breasts.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook on each side 4-5 minutes, or until completely cooked through. Remove from pan.

Now add your mushrooms and cook your mushrooms (and onions at this time if you wish.  You will notice, you won’t find onions in my dishes).  Once mushrooms are softened, add your diced tomatoes.

easy one pan chicken dinner

Once mushrooms are done, the dressing and tomatoes are added, it’s time to bring the dish all back together.  Add in your cooked chicken, reduced to a simmer, cover the pan and simmer 12 minutes.

Easy Bistro Chicken one pan dinner

Now add top with bacon and cheese.  OK, I love cheese and this looks a tad thick, but that’s the way we like it!  Just remove from heat and place cover on pan until the cheese is nice and melted.  Once in a while, I can sneak in some spinach into this dish, but my kids call me out on it.  They don’t like it, but I do.  They were my helpers making it on this day, so I gave in and left it out.  I would add it in with the cheese so it just gets wilted and still packed with great flavor.

easy one pan chicken dinner

Serve Easy Bistro Chicken over quinoa, brown rice or even riced cauliflower.

Now serve up your Easy Bistro Chicken over your quinoa, toss a quick leafy green salad together and drizzle the salad with your dressing and you’ve got yourself and quick, easy healthy meal the whole family will enjoy!

one pan dinner Easy Bistro Chicken

If you like this dish, but looking for a vegetarian alternative, try my Easy Bistro Portobello with Quinoa recipe!

Easy Bistro Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp EVOO
  • 1 package sliced fresh mushrooms (like baby bella, aka crimini)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped *optional, my family is not into onions
  • 1 can (15 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ¼ cup Zesty Italian Dressing (like Trader Joe's or Annies)
  • 3 TBSP Tomato Paste
  • 4 chicken breast halves (1 lb) or Rotisserie Chicken, cut
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 slices bacon, crumbled (try turkey bacon!)

Instructions

1

Heat oil in large skillet. Crisp bacon until done to your liking. Remove and set aside. Cut into bite sizes when cool.

2

Cook chicken, searing breasts and cooking 4-5 minutes each side. Remove from pan.

3

Add mushrooms and sliced onions; cook 5 min., stirring occasionally.

4

Stir in tomatoes with their liquid, the dressing and tomato paste.

5

Add chicken; cover. Reduce heat to medium-low heat.

6

Simmer 12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

7

Sprinkle with cheese and bacon; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

8

Serve over hot cooked quinoa, brown rice or riced cauliflower.

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