Chicken thighs

Chicken thighs with creamy bacon mushroom thyme sauce. Image: Marele van Zyl

Chicken thighs with creamy bacon mushroom thyme sauce

Jazz up mealtimes with this mouth-watering chicken thighs recipe. Smothered in an appetising sauce, this recipe is a must-try.

Chicken thighs

Chicken thighs with creamy bacon mushroom thyme sauce. Image: Marele van Zyl

If you are looking for another delicious chicken recipe, we have just the one for you. Chicken thighs with creamy bacon mushroom thyme sauce is an easy, delicious dish, and perfect for those weeknight dinners! This is one of those recipes that you can prepare more than once a week. Just experiment with a variety of ingredients.

This tasty recipe comes together in about one hour. So it is perfect for those last-minute meals you need to prepare just before dinner time.

Flavour ideas when preparing your chicken thighs

This recipe is often prepared without mushrooms. So then the sauce only contains bacon and thyme. However, you can experiment with a variety of flavour options when preparing your mouth-watering creamy sauce. You can prepare the sauce with sundried tomatoes and basil leaves. You can even add some feta cheese to this mix.

Or what about jazzing up the sauce with grass onion and garlic? The options are endless and really depend on what you have available in your fridge.

Enjoy this easy delicious family meal!

Chicken thighs with creamy bacon mushroom thyme sauce recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Marele van Zyl Course: MainCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • Chicken thighs
  • 4 4 chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in

  • 1 tablespoon 1 vegetable oil

  • salt and pepper

  • 1 teaspoon 1 Italian seasoning dried thyme, oregano

  • Sauce
  • cups white mushrooms

  • 5 slices 5 bacon, cooked and chopped

  • 1 cup 1 heavy cream

  • teaspoon salt

  • 5 sprigs 5 fresh thyme


  • Preheat the oven to 350 ⁰C.
  • Season both sides of chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper and Italian herb seasoning mix (usually a combination of dried thyme, oregano and other herbs).
  • Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken thighs skin-side down. Cook for about 5 minutes, on the skin side until nicely browned.
  • Transfer chicken thighs, skin side up, to the foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 ⁰C for about 20 minutes or until chicken thighs are completely cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
    In the meantime, make the mushroom sauce:
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms (without salting – to ensure the mushrooms get caramelized) and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes flipping once.
  • Add chopped cooked bacon to the skillet.
  • Add heavy creamy, ⅛ teaspoon salt and snipped fresh thyme, bring to boil, stir, immediately reduce to simmer and simmer for about 2 minutes on very low heat for flavours to blend and sauce to reduce a bit.
  • Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • When chicken is done baking and chicken thighs are completely cooked through, add cooked chicken thighs to the skillet and spoon the sauce and the mushrooms on top of the chicken thighs.


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