ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Baked Chicken with Herbs and Bacon

Updated on September 10, 2013
Cast your vote for Baked Chicken

Since I grew up on a small cattle ranch, you might find that I'm a bit partial to beef. However, I have a few recipes for chicken that I really enjoy. This is one of them. When you use fresh herbs it makes all the difference in the world. I love the Italian flair to this dish, and it goes quite well with roasted vegetables.

Start off by laying four chicken tenders in a foil-lined baking sheet. You could lightly spray the foil with olive oil or cooking spray if you like, but the natural juices from the chicken and balsamic you'll add later makes it not necessary.

Sprinkle a few drops of balsamic vinegar over the chicken, then season it with salt and pepper. Take a few fresh basil leaves and sprigs of rosemary (you don't need much) and place them over the chicken. Once again, this is one of the recipes that makes me incredibly thankful to have herbs growing on my porch! Next, halve your grape tomatoes and place them over the chicken too.

Now here is a deal maker. Take two pieces of bacon (I like to have them cut in half) and microwave them for about 1 - 1 1/2 minutes. The reason I microwave them is to be sure that the bacon is cooked so I can actually eat it, not just enjoy the flavor it will give. To me, a cooking tragedy is when bacon is used for flavoring but isn't cooked enough to actually eat the bacon itself! Microwaving it beforehand gives it just enough of a boost for it to be nice and crispy once the chicken is done. Once you have given the bacon a head start, lay it across the top of the dish.

Now all you have to do is throw the baking sheet into a pre-heated oven (425 degrees F) and let it bake for about 25 minutes. Something for a little extra flavorful delight is topping it off with some mozzarella cheese. Although this is certainly optional, it's highly recommended! Place a few small slices over the top of the bacon and put the whole pan back in the oven on broil for 3-5 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn. This also gives just that much more crispiness to your bacon. However, I would recommend broiling it for the last 3-5 minutes even if you choose not to top it with cheese. Enjoy!


  • 4 medium chicken tenders
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • A few leaves of fresh basil
  • A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 5-8 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 slices bacon
  • mozzarella cheese, sliced (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Put chicken tenders on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper over chicken. Next, place basil, rosemary, and tomatoes over chicken.
  2. Cook bacon in microwave for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes to let it begin cooking. Once finished, place the bacon over the chicken.
  3. Put baking sheet in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until chicken is done.
  4. Optional: Turn oven to broil setting and top chicken with slices of mozzarella cheese. Put back in the oven for 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted and bacon is extra crispy.

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)