Slow Cooker Bacon & Chicken

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I had a bunch of uncooked bacon left over from when I made the avocado bacon explosion, and I wanted to use it in a dish that didn’t involve frying more bacon!  And so I turned to the slow cooker.  But what would it go well with in the slow cooker, I pondered…chicken!

I always find chicken breast rather dry (I wasn’t even all that impressed with the white meat of Thomas Keller’s Poulet Roti!), and so I thought the fat from the bacon would help moisten the chicken.  I was not wrong.  The bacon (and the olive oil) kept the chicken moist and flavorful!

This was one of the fastest dishes I have ever made – I dumped 5 raw chicken breasts, 10 slices of bacon (raw), 2 tablespoons of rosemary, 2 tablespoons of thyme, 1 tablespoon of oregano, 2 tablespoons of olive oil (I really like this olive oil), and 1 tablespoon of salt into the slow cooker (I use the Hamilton Beach slow cooker) and mixed everything together briefly, then set it to cook for 8 hours on low.  This was the result (after pouring out the liquid).


Then I shredded the meat and added a bit more olive oil.chicken-bacon-in-container

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I served it with a simple but refreshing cucumber salad (recipe here), which went really well with the shredded bacon & chicken.chicken-bacon-on-plate

Slow Cooker Bacon & Chicken


Yield: 4 servings

Slow Cooker Bacon & Chicken


  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 10 slices of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons thyme (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary (dried)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil (2 tablespoons for the slow cooker and 3 tablespoons after cooking)
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Place all the ingredients into a slow cooker pot and mix together.
  2. Cook on the low temperature setting for 8 hours.
  3. Shred the meat and mix with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

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  • S. February 4, 2013, 2:03 am

    This looks great. The best olive oil ever though is Ariston.

  • Jeff May 8, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Sounds good. Do you chop the bacon first or throw in whole strips?

  • Elizabeth May 28, 2013, 8:33 pm

    Made this tonight. Was so moist and delicious. Best part? It’s Paleo! Adding to the rotation for sure!

    • Louise May 28, 2013, 9:37 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it :)

  • jennifer June 1, 2013, 3:26 pm

    Did you use boneless breasts?

  • Christian September 13, 2013, 3:01 am

    How many servings will this make? Enough for an average 4 person family?

    • Louise September 13, 2013, 3:23 am

      Yes – serves 4 just fine.

  • Kelly September 15, 2013, 11:22 pm

    Made this overnight! Turned out OK, but next time I won’t add the tablespoon of salt. I think the salt from the bacon would have been enough.

    Great idea for meal prep Sundays :)

    • Louise September 16, 2013, 4:35 pm

      Thanks Kelly.

  • Christy October 1, 2013, 11:23 am

    Seems like this would need some kind of liquid to keep from getting dry?

    • Louise October 1, 2013, 12:36 pm

      The olive oil keeps it from drying out.

    • Louise October 1, 2013, 12:37 pm

      The olive oil and the fat from the bacon keeps it from drying out.

  • Brenda October 4, 2013, 4:22 pm

    OMG!!! Coming home to the smell of dinner all done was priceless!!! Kids even asked for more!! ok ok I’ll stop with the exclamation points but thank you so much for this super easy super yummy recipe..

    • Louise October 4, 2013, 5:02 pm

      So glad it was a huge hit!

  • Chris November 10, 2013, 9:23 am

    I just put this in the crock pot. Will let you know how it turns out!

    • Louise November 11, 2013, 7:12 pm

      Yes – please do!

  • Ashley December 1, 2013, 8:36 pm

    I’ll be trying this tomorrow! Cant wait! (:

  • Jenn S. January 18, 2014, 7:08 pm

    Super jazzed to make this for dinner this coming week! Just to be sure, you put raw strips of bacon in the crockpot, not ones that are already cooked, correct?

    • Louise January 19, 2014, 2:36 am

      Yep – raw bacon.

  • Ashley March 4, 2014, 8:46 pm

    Made this today and it was super easy and delicious. I will definitely be making this again and again.

  • jacqueline gargano March 25, 2014, 12:42 pm

    What do you serve this with/on ither than cucumbers?

  • jason April 1, 2014, 7:24 pm

    Is it possible to do 4 hours on high?

    • Louise April 2, 2014, 6:46 am

      It varies depending on the slow cooker (as different ones have different “high” temperatures). I would put it on for 4 hours, and then see if the chicken and bacon are tender – you should also check with a meat thermometer in case they’re not done yet. Personally, I think you might need 6 hours on high (but again it varies with slow cookers).

  • Adela April 17, 2014, 11:49 pm

    My boo and I love this recipe so much! It was recommended by a coworker and I couldn’t wait to try it out! We just throw it on a nice bed of greens and lunch/dinner is served! So perfeect to take to work too. Thanks for the delicious noms!

    • Louise April 18, 2014, 10:28 pm

      Thanks Adela! So glad you like it!


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