Pan Cooked Chicken with Asparagus and Smoked Bacon

Soon as I saw Jamie Oliver making this on TV the other day, I had to make it.  Crusty bread is necessary for dipping and mopping!

Pan Cooked Chicken with Asparagus and Smoked Bacon

Chicken with asparagus, smoked bacon and tomatoes - oh yes this was seriously delicious.
Mine doesn't look 'quite' the same as his did, but it was still lovely.

I didn't have any pancetta but wanted to make it straight away, so I used smoked streaky bacon.

To serve 2 you will need:
2 skinless chicken breasts
Sea Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Olive Oil
8 slices smoked streaky bacon, or pancetta
18 asparagus tips
16 cherry tomatoes - halved
8 olives
a small handfull of fresh basil leaves
a knob or two of butter - unsalted
a splash of white wine

How to do it:
If you're using streaky bacon, put the rashers between cling film and roll with a rolling pin to make the sliced thinner.
Slice the chicken into three fingers, but ensure that you keep it as one piece, so it looks like fingers. This will help to cook the chicken much faster. 
Season with pepper and a little salt.

Heat a large frying pan, add some oil, and brown the chicken on all sides.

Put the bacon or pancetta on top of the chicken and the asparagus around it.
Let everything get cooking and then move the bacon or pancetta to the bottom of the pan to crisp up.
Turn the chicken over to cook. 

Turn up the heat, throw in the halved tomatoes, olives, basil, and a good knob of butter.
Take off the heat once the butter has melted and add a splash of wine to make a sauce.  
Serve some tomatoes as they come out of the pan, but be sure to squish a few into the sauce to finish it off.

Pan Cooked Chicken with Asparagus and Smoked Bacon


  1. I had better rush on over to the store for some bacon since this is all that is missing Jan.

  2. oooerrr! All my favourite ingredients in there, it looks delicious and I like the idea of lots of juice to mop up!

  3. This looks so tasty Jan. love the idea of the bread to mop up!

  4. Asparagus go with a lot of thing and are fun to ccok !! chicken is a good match !! cheers de PIerre in Paris

  5. That looks good! I like all of the flavours here!

  6. I must agree, Jan. It looks simply enchanting. I can absolutely understand the notion of bread and lots of it!!!

  7. Pass me a chunk of that bread, I wouldn't mind a dunk in this at all. Looks sensational, I really must give it a try.


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