Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mama's Grilled and Smothered Chicken

A grilled chicken breast, finished with caramelized onion, bacon and sauteed mushroom, topped with cheese and passed under the broiler.

Grilled and Smothered Chicken

My Mama was such a fun person. I sure do miss her. One of the things that I used to love to do with her was to go to restaurants together and one of our favorites was Ruby Tuesday located right on the beach in Biloxi - gone now thanks to Hurricane Katrina. We would eat far too much, laugh a lot, and it was just a wonderful time, and boy did she love those ribs!

I can't recall if it was there or another restaurant where we tried this chicken recipe once - a marinated, grilled chicken breast, simply smothered in caramelized onion, bacon and mushroom and topped with cheese. So good. Well, Mama being the great cook that she was, went home and set out to duplicate that and a new favorite was born.

You can do the final step in a single baking dish, but Mama used to finish these in little individual baking dishes, which is the best way in my opinion. The juices accumulate in the dishes and make a bit of a pan sauce in the bottom, perfect for dipping bites of the chicken in - and just yummy. When I saw those little dishes come out, I knew this dish was coming up for supper!

While fantastic as a main dish, these also make great sandwiches and sliders for a party too. Thin the breast but pounding or slicing lengthwise and trim them into cutlets about the size of your roll or bun before grilling.

Recipe: Mama's Grilled and Smothered Chicken

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings


  • 2/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke (like Colgin brand)
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
For the Smothered Chicken:
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 4-8 slices of Provolone cheese, or enough to cover each piece of chicken

Pound chicken breasts, or slice in half lengthwise, so that they are evenly thick. Put marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag, mix well and set aside 2 tablespoons for basting. Add chicken, seal, and let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.

Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp, remove and drain on a paper towel; set aside and crumble when cooled. Add butter to the bacon fat, and saute the onion, cooking until caramelized. Using a slotted spoon, remove the onion and set aside; add the mushrooms and cook, remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, grill, pan sear, or broil the chicken, until done - time will be dependent on the size and thickness of the breasts and the method of cooking.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the cooked chicken into a shallow baking dish or in mini bakers on a baking sheet. Brush chicken on both sides with some of the reserved marinade, top with crumbled bacon, mushrooms and onion. Place in oven for 5 to 10 minutes to warm through, remove and top each piece of chicken with cheese and return to the oven just long enough to melt. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes: Substitute any cheese you like for the provolone. Makes great individual sandwiches or even sliders. For sandwiches or sliders, trim into cutlets the size of your rolls before grilling.

Smoky Mountain Chicken: Marinade chicken as above. Substitute thin slices of smoked ham for the bacon and omit onions and mushrooms. Brush barbecue sauce on both sides of grilled breasts, pile several slices of ham loosely on top of each breast, then top with cheese. Place in oven just until cheese is melted and garnish with chopped tomato and sliced green onion before serving.


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  1. Looks Killer and I like the individual dish with pan gravy idea.

  2. Oh man! I'm certain you could not have made this look any more sinful! I know what I'm making for dinner :) thanks for sharing!

  3. Just want you to know I have already popped out to the market to purchase the ingredients and it's not even 7 a.m. I can't wait to try this.

  4. Wow! That looks and sounds good! Gotta try it.

  5. Wow! That looks so wonderful! I am going to get some chicken out of the freezer and try this....bacon...onions...cheese...
    Here I come!!!

  6. Put smothered in the title and I am there!

  7. aww, I love mama stories! and this looks fantastic!


  8. I'll have the smothered chicken with extra smothered and a side of smothered, please!!! hahaha This looks fantastic.

  9. This looks just too good not to try!!! Yummy:)

  10. This is reminiscent of Shoney's Garden Swiss Chicken, which is sauteed green peppers and onions topping a marinated grilled boneless chicken breast smothered in swiss cheese. It's not on the menu anymore, but at most of them, you can still order it. With fries is wonderful, and sop up the juice with 'em. YUM!

  11. That looks so yummy Mary! we have a ruby tuesday just over the lake and it so good. The best recipes are ones with memories.

  12. Looks great! But no Slap Yo Mama???!!!

  13. Thanks y'all - enjoy!

    Tiff, that one sounds good too!

    Mrs. M.J. - No Slap Ya Mama this time! I actually don't use it on EVERYTHING, I swear!! ;)

  14. Oh my good heavens Mary! This looks too good to be true. I could eat a big hunk of it right this second.

  15. Oh wow! That is just sinful! I wish I could have a bite right now. I will definitely be whipping up this recipe!

  16. If it's's got to be a winner you sanwich takes the prize.

    The restaurant I remember most on the Gulf Coast is Chappy's. I've heard they relocated to Nashville.

  17. Sounds just divine! I used to do something similar that I copied from a place in Jackson TN where I went to college. Unfortunately I didn't think to add the bacon!

  18. ohh I will be making this soon.. YUM~
    Tracy in Biloxi :)

  19. As promised on the FB page Friday, I tried this over the weekend. It's yummy!!! I ended up not basting the chicken with marinade before putting it under the broiler, as it was very saturated (I let it marinate for about 3 hours), so it didn't seem to need more. The marinade is great!

  20. Thanks so much - mama would be happy to hear that! :) I appreciate you taking the time to come back and comment - thanks!

  21. I look forward to trying this! Thanks for representing the MS coast in such a yummy way! We do have some awesome food around here. :-)

    1. Well, I'm a Gulf Coast Gal myself so of course!! :) Yes we do have a great food down here - that's for sure. Thanks for stopping by to say hello & hope you come back to visit real soon!


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