I love bacon. Bacon, Bacon, Bacon! I first had it in Pasta at Johnny Carinos a few years ago. It was love at first bite. And I like my home made version just as well. It is rich and creamy and well, bacony. It is one of my dishes that starts with butter and ends with cream, so of course it has to be delicious. But don't let that scare you. Foods full of fat are filling and bring a sense of satisfaction. One serving will not leave you wishing for more. Can serve over spaghetti squash or a gluten free pasta if you have something against gluten. I personally do not!
First get the bacon bakin'. I bake at 400 for 15-20 min and like it extra crispy. Then let it drain and chop it up.
While the bacon is bakin', chop up some chicken-preferably a backyard rooster- and saute' in a bit of olive oil until no longer pink. Toss in some fresh crushed garlic and cook it for about a minute.
Cut the cream cheese into smallish squares so it melts fast and throw them in the pot. Once it has melted down, add 1/2 stick butter, 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese mix. Continue to heat over medium low until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thickened. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes for a tiny kick.
Serve over veggies or pasta and sprinkle with bacon. You could make this dairy free, poultry free, pork free, and fat free. But then it would be a whole other animal altogether. And certainly not creamy bacon chicken Alfredo!
Creamy Chicken Bacon Alfredo
8 strips of bacon
1 lb chicken pieces, cut bite sized
1 T olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup cream
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes (optional) to taste
Cook the bacon and cut into pieces. In a fry pan, cook the chicken in olive oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Cut the cream cheese into small chunks and add to the pan. Once it has melted, add the butter and cream. When it is warm, add the cheeses and spices. Cook until all the cheese is melted and sauce is thick. Serve over veggies or pasta.
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