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Golden Chicken Thighs in Bacon, Mushroom Cream Sauce

Golden Chicken thighs with Bacon, Mushroom Cream Sauce

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I’m on the fence about fall being here already, but here we are. This week’s recipe pays homage to the beautiful herbs that I started this spring and how I decided to use them in the first fall recipe of the season. Golden Chicken Thighs in Bacon, Mushroom Cream Sauce is a perfect dish for bringing in this fall recipe season slowly, but certainly. A dish for both keto followers and those of us trudging away this month as ketovore. I can’t wait for you to try this!

Honestly, you don’t even need to be keto to love this recipe. It brings all the most decadent ingredients together in one pan to make a spectacular dish for a dinner party, Sunday supper and is a easy enough to bring together for even a weeknight meal. Bacon, mushrooms, cream, onions and herbs alongside the golden chicken thighs is all you need to know……..ok well, you need to know how to make it!

Golden Crispy Chicken Thighs

First things first. Don’t get all crazy on me here thinking you can swap out a chicken breast in place of the thighs. Nope, no, nada. Just don’t do it! Keto is all about using fat for fuel, eating fat to feel satisfied. The chicken thighs in this recipe are bone in, skin on which result in a moist, juicy piece of meat!

The secret to getting the chicken thighs golden and crispy is all in the cooking method. We start the chicken on the stove top, searing it skin side down in olive oil and butter. Now, don’t be tempted to move the chicken around or flip it over, just let it sear in that oil and butter about 5 minutes. After the 5 minute sear is up, flip the chicken over and pop it in a pre-heated 400 degree oven until done. The golden pan juices and rendered fat from the chicken after cooking in the oven is like a dream come true and the perfect beginnings of our cream sauce.

Using Herbs in the Bacon, Mushroom Cream Sauce

When bringing the bacon, mushroom cream sauce together, I love to use fresh herbs and herbs from my herb garden that I have dried. Herbs bring such a unique flavor to dishes that I encourage you to experiment with different herbs in your cooking. They can change up the taste of your keto recipes and add variation to what your eating. For the Golden Chicken Thighs in Bacon, Mushroom Cream Sauce I am using rosemary and thyme, classic flavors of fall.

One Pot Meal

Golden Chicken Thighs in Bacon, Mushroom Cream Sauce is a one pot meal that goes from stove top to oven to ready to serve. Because I am doing Ketovore for the entire month, this one-pot meal will be the star of the show. For those, that are keto, I have shown you in the video a quick side dish of roasted radishes. Roasted radishes are a perfect keto friendly substitute for roasted baby potatoes! Other delicious side choices could include:

Don’t have a pan that can go from stove top to oven? No big deal, just transfer the chicken to a baking dish after searing. If you are interested in the one I am using, it is not expensive and a good size for cooking a variety of things, here’s the link.

So, here we have it, a perfect recipe for taking the leap into fall cooking and fall flavors. Stay tuned for soups and chili and maybe even something with pumpkin! Please chec

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Golden Chicken Thighs in Bacon, Mushroom Cream Sauce

On the Rise-Dinner
By Sara Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 min Cooking Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Golden Chicken Thighs in Bacon, Mushroom Cream Sauce is a perfect dish for bringing in this fall recipe season slowly, but certainly. A dish for both keto followers and those of us trudging away this month as ketovore. All the goodness of bacon, cream, mushrooms and herbs in a one-pot dish!


  • 6 Chicken thighs-bone in and skin on
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced or rough chopped
  • 8 ounces bacon diced
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • Salt and Pepper-see instructions
  • Fresh and Dried Thyme, Rosemary (or dried) OR Poultry seasoning-see instructions
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 3 T Butter
  • 3 T Olive Oil



Preheat oven to 400 degrees


Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper or an all purpose seasoning generously.


In a skillet heat up 3 T Olive oil to medium high heat.


Just before adding the chicken to the pan add 1 T butter in with the oil


Add Chicken Thighs to the pan-Skin side down and let sear-without rearranging them in the pan or flipping-for 5 minutes


After 5 minutes the Chicken skin should be golden brown, flip the chicken to skin side up and transfer pan to the oven, cook about 35-40 minutes or until chicken reads 165 degrees.


While chicken is cooking, cut up the Bacon, mushrooms, onions and mince the garlic.

Making the sauce


When the chicken is finished cooking, remove from the oven, set the chicken aside and put the skillet back on the stovetop at a medium temp.


Carefully remove half of the pan juice/fat-we don't need all of it.


In the remaining half of the juices/fat in the skillet add the bacon and cook until most of the bacon starts to crisp.


Add in the Onion and Mushrooms and cook until they start to soften.


Add in the garlic, herbs-1/2 tsp thyme and 1/2 tsp rosemary, and 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper, more or less herbs and salt and pepper to your taste.


Add in the Cream and bring to a gentle boil before adding the chicken back to the pan, skin side up to keep that skin golden and crispy.


Turn heat to simmer and allow the chicken to simmer in the cream sauce for about 5 minutes just to bring it all together.


Do not cover the skillet with a lid or 'baste' the chicken with the cream sauce. This will make our crispy chicken skin.....not so crispy! I really love the taste of thyme so I always add more than what the recipe calls for. That is what is so wonderful about 'recipes' you can change things up to your taste....but please use chicken thighs...'wink, wink'.


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