Chicken with Cider & Bacon Sauce

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Chicken with Cider & Bacon Sauce, a Healthy Choice. This dish is gluten free adaptable- see tips below the recipe…

Yield: 4 servings (1 chicken breast & 2 Tablespoons sauce)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Chicken w/ Cider & Bacon Sauce

Rice is a good choice to tuck underneath the chicken and absorb some of those sauce juices too.


4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 slices bacon, finely chopped
1/4 cup minced sweet onion
3/4 cup unsweetened apple cider
1/2 cup fat free, less-sodium chicken broth


1. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap (or waxed paper); pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper.

2. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from the pan. Add chicken to drippings in pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan and tuck it inside some foil to keep warm.

3. Add onion to pan; saute 2 minutes or until tender, stirring constantly. Add cider and broth; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen any browned bits. Cook until broth mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup (about 5 minutes). Stir in cooked bacon; serve sauce over chicken.


*If preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just make sure you are using brands of bacon and chicken broth that are designated as GF.

Nutritional Information- Serving Size: 1 chicken breast half & about 2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 269, Fat 7.2g (sat 2.3g, mono 2.8g, poly 1g), Protein 41g, Carbohydrates 7g, Fiber .2g, Cholesterol 106mg, Iron 1.3mg, Sodium 412mg, Calcium 22mg

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 6 Old Points Program: 6

Source: (Adapted from Cooking Light- Way to Cook)

8 Responses to “Chicken with Cider & Bacon Sauce”

  1. postedJan 4, 2010 9:43 AM

    Wow! That looks great. I’m actually trying to get to Barnes & Noble today to use a gift card and I am looking for a good Cooking Light cookbook. If I don’t find this one there, I also have an Amazon gift certificate that I need to use. :-)

    I’m a very visual person and LOVE to see photos of the recipe. That’s one reason I love Jamie Oliver’s cookbook so much is that he has a photo for every recipe!

    Thanks for this great recipe. I’ll be serving it to my family soon! I’m bookmarking now.

  2. postedJan 4, 2010 11:27 AM

    Awesome! I like that you include nutritional values. This recipe’s calorie count is great! I think I’ll make the dish this week.

  3. postedJan 6, 2010 6:02 AM
    Terri A.

    I made this last night, but cut it in half, since it’s just me. It was very tasty and I will make it again (so easy), but I didn’t get as much sauce/topping as you did. I still really enjoyed it, though. I’m going to definitely get that book.

  4. postedMay 23, 2011 9:11 AM

    So good! I made this last night and it was a hit. My kids gave me a million stars for this recipe (Can you tell we watch Top Chef?)

  5. postedJan 25, 2012 5:05 AM

    This would be great served over mashed Cider Sweet Potatoes!

  6. postedFeb 15, 2012 7:23 PM
    Linda Hielscher

    Hi again Lori, I made this tonight and oh my … It was yummy! I did mess around with it a little. I had a lot of points still left so i added a few more pieces of bacon, doubled the apple cider and broth, also as I cooked the onion I added 1-2 tbsp of Wondra Flour to kind of make a roux before adding the apple cider and broth. I’ve made something similar to this before from etools. Of course it did not have bacon in the recipe and we all know bacon can make anything taste better. it definetly worked in this recipe! Thanks

  7. postedApr 15, 2013 12:48 PM
    Kimberly Lewis

    This was a GREAT recipe! I used turkey bacon and the husband was none-the-wiser. We both really enjoyed this! Great recipe!

  8. postedDec 19, 2014 3:30 PM

    Oh my word, this looks amazing!

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