Hands up if you love creamy dreamy chicken?? If you’ve got your hand raised high like me, then you’re going to go NUTS over this Creamy Dill Pickle Chicken with Bacon! The little pops of tangy freshness from the dill pickle pairs perfectly with the luscious creamy sauce. Then of course- well, bacon. Bacon makes everything better, don’t you think? :-)

Stirring Dill Pickle Chicken with Bacon in a black pan with a wooden spoon

This is one of my back pocket quick midweek meals. I love it because though I really love creamy sauces, I avoid using heavy cream for everyday purposes because my bottom can’t afford it.

So what I really love about this recipe is that the sauce is oh-so-creamy and dreamy, but I make it with just a bit of cream cheese plus light sour cream, chicken broth for flavour and I use parmesan cheese as the thickener plus seasoning.

Not a drop of cream in sight.


Dill Pickle Chicken with Bacon in a black pan

I must admit, the version that I’ve been making for as long as I can remember didn’t originally have dill pickle in it. But then I saw Holly’s epic Dill Pickle Pasta Salad which literally blew up Facebook (you’ve tried it, haven’t you??) and I went on a dill bender.

I bought 2 giant jars – I’m talking those giant 2 pound jars – and I was putting it in everything. Sandwiches, salads, in my chicken piccata (instead of capers – yum!), on pizza.

If I TURN into a pickle, I blame Holly. That’s how much dill pickle I’ve been eating lately.

Plus, they are virtually zero calories, so I’ve actually been snacking on them straight out of the jar. I’m not even kidding.

Dill Pickle Chicken with Bacon served in a white bowl with a spoon

So naturally, one night when I made this creamy chicken, I threw in some dill pickle. And it was SO GOOD I can’t imagine ever going back to a boring creamy chicken!!  – Nagi x

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Creamy Dill Pickle Chicken with Bacon

Chicken in a gorgeous creamy sauce with a slight touch of tang from the cream cheese and sour cream, little fresh pops of dill pickle and salty bursts of bacon bits. Heaven in a bowl!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Nagi
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  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 5 ounces bacon chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 pound chicken thigh fillets boneless and skinless, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup light sour cream (or full fat)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • ½ - ¾ cup dill pickle chopped, plus more to serve
  • scallions finely chopped, for garnish


  • Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add bacon and cook until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate.
  • If your skillet is looking dry, add a tiny bit of oil.
  • Reduce heat to medium high. Add onion and garlic, cook for 5 minutes or until golden and translucent.
  • Add chicken and cook until light golden and just cooked through - about 6 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth. Once it simmers, add the cream cheese. Use your spatula to break it up into bits so it melts into the liquid.
  • Add parmesan cheese and sour cream and stir through. Cook sauce for 3 - 5 minutes or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir through dill pickle and bacon. Serve over mashed potato, sprinkled with scallions and slices of dill pickle if desired.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 559 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 914mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 468IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. This is fantastic I did use chicken breast instead of thighs though. Whole family raved about it5 stars

  2. Made this recipe tonight for my wife and I. It was amazing! I didn’t realize that we were out of cream cheese until I had already started cooking so I added a little cornstarch and up’d the sour cream a bit. We served it over rice and it was just fantastic! This will definitely be going into the meal rotation, might even try it over pasta. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.5 stars

  3. Nag is a LEGEND! This recipe is incredible. I’m obsessed with bacon and pickles, never though to serve them in a creamy chicken dish. Can’t wait to make this!

  4. Sounds interesting. Reminds me of the German beef dish, rouladen. It has bacon, dill pickle and mustard and sometimes other vegetables rolled up in the beef. Love the chicken idea!

    1. I absolutely LOVE rouladen!! I do pickle, mustard, onion and bacon. My favorite is to make the gravy and serve it over macaroni noodles!