Tangy Bacon Cheddar Chicken

Tangy Honey Mustard Bacon Cheddar Chicken – chicken marinated in homemade honey mustard, pan-seared and topped with bacon and cheddar. I could eat this every week! Can also grill chicken if desired. Chicken, honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, paprika, cayenne pepper, bacon, and cheddar. Ready in under 30 minutes. This is the BEST!

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Honey Mustard Chicken Topped with Bacon & Cheddar

Stop what you are doing and add this Tangy Bacon Cheddar Chicken to your menu ASAP! This has been a staple at our house for years. This is Chicken Legs’ most requested dish from the blog. He asks me to make this recipe at least twice a month. Sweet & tangy chicken topped with bacon & cheese – I mean, what’s not to like?!?!  This chicken makes for a quick and easy weeknight meal. We both love this chicken so much that it is already back on the menu this weekend.

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How to Make Tangy Bacon Cheddar Chicken

This chicken is very simple to make. Whisk together honey, mustard, lemon juice, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Pour the marinade over some chicken and let it marinate for a few hours to overnight. When ready to cook, pop the chicken in the skillet and cook for a few minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a rimmed baking sheet and finish cooking in the oven. Top the chicken with a few pieces of cooked bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Pop the chicken back in the oven until the cheese has melted and enjoy!

  • I used boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite cut of chicken instead. This would be great with chicken thighs or tenders too. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time and check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I cooked the chicken on the stove and finished it off in the oven. Feel free to grill the chicken if you prefer.
  • You can substitute turkey bacon for pork bacon if you want to reduce the calories in the dish.
  • Feel free to use your favorite cheese in place of the cheddar. I like pepper jack or gouda.
plate of cheese and bacon chicken

What to Serve with Honey Mustard Chicken

You can serve this chicken as is with some yummy sides or on top of a bun for a crazy good sandwich! We usually serve this chicken with some potatoes or rice and a salad. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy chicken:

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plate of cheese and bacon chicken with a side of rice

Tangy Bacon Cheddar Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 19 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Tangy Honey Mustard Bacon Cheddar Chicken – chicken marinated in homemade honey mustard, pan-seared and topped with bacon and cheddar. I could eat this every week! Can also grill chicken if desired. Chicken, honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, paprika, cayenne pepper, bacon, and cheddar. Ready in under 30 minutes. This is the BEST!

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 strips thick cut bacon, cooked
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  • Mix together honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, paprika, salt and cayenne pepper.
  • Place chicken in a ziplock bag. Pour marinade over chicken and place in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours, up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken. Cook 3 minutes per side. Place chicken on large baking sheet. Cook in oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from oven. Top with cooked bacon and cheddar. Return to oven and cook an additional 3-5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Notes:

  • I used boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite cut of chicken instead. This would be great with chicken thighs or tenders too. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time and check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I cooked the chicken on the stove and finished it off in the oven. Feel free to grill the chicken if you prefer.
  • You can substitute turkey bacon for pork bacon if you want to reduce the calories in the dish.
  • Feel free to use your favorite cheese in place of the cheddar. I like pepper jack or gouda.

Steph

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  1. The print tab doesn’t work. It won’t take me to the recipe it goes back to the page I was on.
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  2. Is the recipe for that rice dish beside the chicken in your list? It looks very good! Thanks for all the great recipes, I love chicken.

  3. I grill the chicken on my George Foreman Grill. Then, I put them on a baking sheet and top with the cheese and bacon, and put them in the oven for about 5 minutes or so. Just long enough to melt the cheese. This has been a big hit with my family who normally don't care for chicken. Soooo glad it's so easy too. 🙂

  4. This is very similar to a recipe that I make. I grill my cheicken breaasts, then put them on a baking sheet and put one tbsp of BBQ sauce on them, 3 or 4 thin slices ham and then a large slice of ColbyJack cheese. Bake until cheese is melted. Kids love it.

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