Easy Loaded Chicken Breast Recipe - Extra Tasty Baked Chicken with Bacon, Mushrooms, Tomatoes

What is "extra tasty" chicken?

This chicken is called “extra tasty” because it is just that. Seriously extra tasty. My tastebuds go nuts every time I eat this dish. It has tremendous flavor with all the various ingredients that impart their own special flavors!

And the beauty of this tasty little gem is that I stumbled upon it totally by accident. I came up with this recipe when I was trying to dress up chicken breasts for a meal for my boyfriend. He isn’t crazy about just plain chicken, so I was trying to be more creative with adding tasty ingredients that would bring out the flavor. And guess what? He was thrilled about this dish. Great flavor! Let's have it again! Yeah, that's what I like to hear. As a result of the result (so to speak) of this chicken experiment, coupled with the admiration of my boyfriend who thinks chicken is boring, I have made this delectable several times since that first experimental time.

Sure, this recipe has some extra calories with ingredients such as cream cheese and bacon, but the taste is totally worth it. If you really feel you need to curtail some of the calories, use reduced fat cream cheese, use less of it, and opt for turkey bacon. You can also use reduced calorie cream of mushroom soup, adding water instead of milk.

Feel free to tweak ingredients some. Hopefully, you won't compromise flavor. If it's tasty chicken you are looking for, you've found it right here.


This is before I put dish into the oven. I used regular tomatoes this time since I didn't have grape or cherry tomatoes on hand. While the flavor was good, the small tomatoes have an even better flavor.
This is before I put dish into the oven. I used regular tomatoes this time since I didn't have grape or cherry tomatoes on hand. While the flavor was good, the small tomatoes have an even better flavor.

Ingredients for Extra Tasty Baked Chicken

  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 or more fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 8 oz. sour cream and chives flavored cream cheese, melted
  • 1 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 soup can of water or milk
  • salt, pepper, garlic to taste
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • Several cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Several black olives, sliced
  • 3-4 Tbs. chives, chopped

Instructions for Extra Tasty Baked Chicken

Cook bacon and put aside on a paper towel to drain. (You can't go wrong with bacon, right? Bacon makes everything better!) Save the bacon grease in the pan. Next, get 3 or 4 chicken breasts, depending on size, basically just enough chicken to fill your casserole pan.

Flatten the chicken breasts if they are really thick; the ones I find seem to come really extra-large (steroids?) these days. So get them to the desired size, and then brown them in the bacon grease with minced garlic. Place browned chicken in casserole pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper (I prefer sea salt and cracked pepper) on both sides of the chicken breasts. Crumble up that delicious bacon and place on top of chicken.

Sautee sliced mushrooms in bacon grease with a few pats of butter. Yeah, that's real butter. Put mushrooms over bacon on top of chicken. Melt the cream cheese (I nuke it!) and mix with the mushroom soup, can of water or milk, chopped green onions, and spices to taste. Pour mixture on top of chicken ensemble.

Add sliced black olives if desired. Cut cherry or grape tomatoes in half and put on top of chicken breasts. If you like tomatoes, they are a must. These cooked little gems really bring out the flavor. Yum!

Sprinkle this stack of love with more green onions and chives. Cook in oven at 350 until chicken is done—about 20-30 minutes. Oh, this dish is so delicious!


What do you think?

5 stars from 3 ratings of Extra Tasty Baked Chicken

What to Serve with this Tasty Chicken Dish

What should you serve with this chicken dish? I've found a couple of perfect options. As the mushroom soup and other liquids combine to make a creamy and tasty gravy, this dish is excellent with rice. Cook up your rice, and plop a chicken breast on top with plenty of the gravy. Noodles--most commonly spaghetti or wide egg noodles--are also great with this dish. I would also be willing to try it with mashed potatoes. Whatever the choice of side dish to go with the gravy, it is sure to be an outstanding combination.

I can tell you that I’ve made this recipe several times, and I still love it.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this is my type of meal! definitely bookmarked, sounds delicious, thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, Nell Rose! I love it! I just read your chicken breast hub with the four recipes. Great one!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Victoria Lynn - this looks like it would certainly hit the spot with my husband and me. Bookmarking it with so many other wonderful recipes. Thanks for a great recipe to look forward to.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

homesteadbound--I sure have bookmarked a lot of great recipes on here, too, including some of yours. I think you will enjoy this one. Thanks!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

I'm afraid Larry Page and Sergei ...love that word, and will get traffic to your hub. Thanks for the extra taste hub dear! Wish was an app. for flavor andd taste. For now I use my imagination....Wow! I better don't explain things I see in my mind...might get a call from Kimberly.

LORD


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Haha, Lord--I had to look up those names. You're too funny. Thanks! And who is Kimberly? :-)


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This chicken really does sound extra tasty, Victoria Lynn! The flavor combination sounds like it would be delicious. Thanks for the recipe.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you think so, AliciaC! I love it, myself....:-)


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

This looks like a great recipe, love those tasty chicken recipes. Thanks for the info Victoria, voted uP!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

My pleasure, carcro. Hope you like it if you try it! thanks for the vote up!


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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

Delicious and tasty recipe..voted up...


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Kimberly Lyrics, my poetic lose friend. Was just joking! But she thiks horizontally too much!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I needed a new recipe for chicken, it's time I made it 'extra tasty' this will do nicely, thank you!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Trsmd, for the vote up.

Lord, you're a funny one. Is Kimberly the lyricswriter?


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, Movie Master, you can't go wrong with "extra tasty" chicken! Good luck! :-)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Missed this one when you first posted it but happy to find it today. Oh my this looks so good!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Susan--it is SINFULLY good! :-) I need to make it again. Yummy! Thanks for checking it out!

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