Roast Chicken with Bacon and Cabbage: St Patrick's Day Recipe


  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (about 1/4 head of cabbage)
  • 2/3 cup canned chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until crisp. Drain well on a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. In the same skillet, brown the chicken for about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken breasts from the skillet, and transfer them to a large shallow baking dish. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken is done.
  3. Wipe out the skillet. Heat the olive oil over low heat for 1 minute. Add the onion and garlic and saute for about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook for another minute. Pour in the broth, turn the heat up to high, and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cabbage softens.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the cabbage onto plates. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil and allow it to reduce by half.
  5. Stir in the half and half. Whisk in the butter. Stir the bacon into the sauce. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  6. To serve, slice the chicken into thin pieces. Arrange the chicken on top of the cabbage on the plates, and pour some sauce around and on top of the chicken.


Feel free to substitute turkey bacon for the regular bacon, and substitute low-salt canned broth for the regular chicken broth.

Tips & Tricks

Serve this dish with crusty bread and a steamed green vegetable.


Please picky eaters by leaving one or two of the cooked chicken breasts plain. Slice and serve as is, or with a catsup 'dip.'


Taste the sauce before adding salt. Since bacon is quite salty, you may be surprised to find you dont need extra salt.

Preparation Time:

15 minutes

Cooking Time:

35 minutes

Ready In:

50 minutes




Bacon And Cabbage, The Traditional Irish Combination, Is Excellent When Teamed With  Chicken. This Elegant Yet Rustic Dish Is Easy To Modify So That Picky Eaters Can Have Their Chicken Plain. It’s A Good Dish To Make Ahead If You’re Hosting A St.

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