Easy Bacon Chicken Bowl

Just so you know, this recipe has bowl in the title, because I put it in a bowl to eat it all out of. So creative.

I’m back to the easy recipes again. Life is a bit crazy right now while I’m finishing up the cookbook. Trying to come up with new paleo recipes for the book, while I still try to feed you through my website. Not exactly the easiest feat. I’m not that creative. Sadly. I’ve had to utilize my crockpot A LOT recently to make sure I actually eat enough food. Especially since a lot of you people out there don’t think I eat enough.

Yesterday I made three desserts for my cookbook. It’s real real hard not to eat all that stuff. I only allowed myself one bite of each recipe. That turned into probably 3 or 4, but whatevs. Totally worth it. I made a donut that is probably one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever made. For reals. I’m sorry, you won’t get to see that until April. But it will be worth the wait, promise.

Ok wait, so I thought that I might be missing the New Girl’s latest episode last night since I was working, but then someone told me that the debates were on so there wasn’t a new episode. CAN THIS BE TRUE!?!? Say it ain’t so. I will be so ridiculously upset if it is. Ok, not really, but still a bit upset. New Girl and the Mindy Project episodes are what I like to fill my extra time with. That wayI don’t dwell about being single for the rest of my life. Guess you know what I’ll be talking about in my post tomorrow.

Speaking of relationships (well, ones that actually work), my cousin Katie is getting married soon. Meaning May, so not actually soon. But whatever. She’s probably the best looking person in our entire family, so we all know her wedding is going to be just as good looking. And it’s started off that way already with bridemaids dresses. They’re awesome. I need to get mine altered so my nipple doesn’t make an appearance (I don’t think I get to bring a guest), but once I do, I’ll be sure to show you pictures. Not of my nipple, of the dress. Not that you care, but it’s awesome and gorgeous and I want to share it with the world. My dress.

Did anyone else get my nipple joke(s)? Dear lord I hope so.


Easy Bacon Chicken Bowl

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1/2 sweet potato or yam, cut lengthwise
  • 1 chicken thigh, excess fat removed
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place your halved sweet potato cut-side down on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until your sweet potato is soft to the touch.
  3. When your sweet potato has about 6-8 minutes left to cook, place a medium skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add your two slices of bacon.
  5. Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken thigh.
  6. As soon as some of the fat begins to render in your pan, push the bacon to one side and place your chicken thigh into the bacon fat.
  7. Cook chicken and bacon on one side for about 4-5 minutes, then flip.
  8. Your bacon will cook a bit faster, so once it is done, place your sweet potato in a bowl and top it with bacon.
  9. To finish the chicken thigh through, add a tablespoon of water and cover for about 3-5 minutes or until cooked through. Do what I do, check before you much.
  10. Add chicken thigh to your bowl.
  11. Last but not least, grab a fork and knife and cut it all up. Mix it all together.
  12. Top with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  13. Yum!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


62 thoughts on “Easy Bacon Chicken Bowl”

  1. I LOVE this page 🙂 I also love the fact you are so down-to-earth and real with everything you talk about. So..I have a question for you. I’ve been put on the paleo diet by my doctor since I have PCOS, and he’s said that sweet potatoes are not something I should be eating at this time. On most websites I’ve looked at unless you are working a lot (like you do), sweet potatoes should be avoided. Do you have any suggestions on what I could eat instead?

  2. So I’m very new to your blog but I LOVE it! It’s good to find someone who is pretty much into the same things I am – crossfit, paleo and chocolate! I made EXACTLY the same thing got dinner last night which is kinda weird seeing as its the next day and I’m just reading your post!

  3. Regarding nipple jokes, message recieved. April is going to be such a rad month this year, it happens to be the month my anniversary is and I get a new cookbook! Those things probably shouldn’t be of equal importance to me but…. food never gets annoyed that I spend too much time at my box. Thanks for all your hard work, you rock.

  4. Get the nipples jokes? Luckily no one is here at the academy yet or I may have sounded a bit crazy as I laughed, then laughed a little louder, then chuckle snort laughed.

    On to the recipe, love these quick and easy ones, Great for the nights I get home late from the box, don’t want to cook but don’t have anything already made. Printing this one out for the next time that happens!

  5. Okay, so I can’t tell you how excited I am for the cookbook! April can’t get here fast enough! For that reason alone … I love all the Holidays in between! And THE FOOD! And the PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES! OMG!

    On the recipe …. BOMB! I am obsessed with yams/sweet potatoes and this is so happening tonight. My two year old will love it too, our two favorite things together! Yams+Bacon=love … wish you could hear him say “ba-cun, mommy, ba-cun?” It’s pretty awesome!

  6. Yummy recipe! As for the nipple jokes, I get them. A few years ago I flashed my entire family during my sister’s wedding. A little advise, make sure there are no videos being recorded by the family, they have no shame, unlike the videographer who removed the shot!

  7. Hey I have a generalized baking question.. I’ve made your banana bread (for French toast) about half a dozen times and I cannot get that sucker cooked right. I’m assuming your baking temps and times may be a bit off from those of us in the lower altitudes? I’ve found my convection mode cooks it the best but have to experiment with the temp/times. Do you know if altitude plays that much of a factor in your cooking times/temps?

      1. I live at hot, humid sea level. Mine came out a little gooey in the middle even though I cooked it longer… But I enjoyed it that way. It wasn’t too gooey to make into french toast.

        1. I am a total flatlander – Kansas – and have had to adjust baking times and some wet ingredients. I cut in half the liquids in the granola. If not it is really soupy. So I really think the altitude makes a big difference.

  8. Thanks! I took out chicken this a.m. and need to go shopping, but I do have bacon and sweet potatoes!! Yay!! I now have dinner tonight!!! Your posts are THE BEST!!!!!!

  9. Where do you do most of your shopping for groceries? Always curious with some of the squash you use, I can’t seem to find it at Sprouts sometimes.

  10. Thank you for posting something so simple! We all appreciate simple and flavorful. And I’m trying not to throw a tantrum about no Mindy Project, but it is hard.

  11. That sounds yummy and easy, my favorite type of meal. Do you think this would work with chicken legs (I have home in my fridge and I have been trying to decide what to do with them) or does it need to be boneless?

  12. Kate Davis YOUR FAMILY! :)

    HA! I love you! Of course you can bring a date to the wedding….. as long as the promise to dance just and much as you and I will!?!?! Also, getting the dress altered sounds like a good idea…. stop trying to steal the show with your nipples Juli! Jeeeeeshhhh! I love you oh so much! <3

  13. this looks great! my friends are amazed at how yummy my paleo “diet” meals are. oh, and i’ve got one of George’s recipes from Caveman Feast cooking right now in the crockpot as well 🙂

  14. Recording New Girl and The Mindy Project, haven’t discovered those yet, if you love them then I know they’ll be great. Thanks for being so fab Juli.

  15. Thank you for this great looking simple recipe! I have a husband and 2 kids (and I work full time) so simple recipes are awesome! They are all I have time for after work and then working out. This dish will be happening at my house in the near future.

  16. I made this last night, since I had all of the ingredients. We added Swiss chard, too. One of the best (and simplest) meals we’ve had in a long, long time. Thanks!

  17. I made this last night and it was fantastic!!! I sprinkled a little cinnamon on the top for giggles and it did not last on the plate!!!! Again I thank you for saving me from processed freezer food on my lazy nights!

  18. I love this already! Can’t wait to make it—think that, like Brian, I will throw a fried egg on top. This also looks perfect for those days when the larder is a bit bare—because believe me, we always have at LEAST bacon and chicken thighs around.

  19. This recipe is delish my hubby made it a few weeks ago & we did a repeat only thing we changed was we marinated the chicken in rice vinegar ( not sure if that’s paleo approved) but it was yummy!!!!

  20. Just found your website today and made this tonight for my Mom, my husband and myself. How good was it??? Everyone was so into enjoying it none of us realized I had forgotten to turn off the stove…the kitchen was FULL of smoke and until the smoke alarm went off we kept eating!!! Loved it!!

  21. So this probably took me 2x as long as it should have (because I was trying to make 2 meals at once, which apparently I can’t do), but the outcome is still delicious! I just started attempting to eat paleo a week and a half ago and was already starting to get bored of my own cooking – this blog is amazing and has so many great recipes, so thanks!

  22. You are hilarious!! And I LOVE this website! I recently moved away from home for a teaching job and when I come back at Christmas my mom and I are going to cook a LOT of Paleo recipes from your website as I started Paleo recently and she wants to get on the bandwagon! THANK YOU so much for this website! It is so great!

  23. I don’t eat a lot of bacon, but I do use bacon grease. Instead of the bacon can I just add the bacon grease for flavor? If so, how much do you recommend? It looks delicious! I just buy my bacon grease off of amazon. Or, you can google hot belly bacon grease to see the kind that I get. Needless to say, I use that and ghee a lot for cooking!

  24. Just made this for my husband and teenage son. “What is it?” was their initial remark. Then, after the first taste, they were too busy gobbling it up to speak! Thanks for the great recipe.

  25. I got a similar recipe from my trainer. She calls it “Chicken Bacon Sweet Potatoe Hash”. We cook it in a frying pan (bacon first, remove from pan, cook chicken with garlic powder & Italian seasoning, then add sweet potato and cook until almost mushy, then add bacon back and cook until bacon is warm) I could eat it EVERYDAY! Ah, comfort food!

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