Chicken Fried Bacon

Chicken Fried Bacon puts a Texas style southern twist to our crispy pork favorite, straight from the air fryer.
Chicken Fried Bacon

Chicken Fried Bacon

By Sue Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Chicken Fried Bacon is  my recipe of the day with  the blogging group  Sunday Funday. Stacy has challenged us to write some  poetry for fun to go with our food.

And in  a sad turn of events, Stacy won’t be joining us this week while she attends to a family emergency. Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to her in this sad time.

I hope Stacy  finds some  amusement in my recipe and poem today. She being a southern girl who knows all about chicken fried steak and cream gravy.

Not Your  Mother’s Chicken Fry

Of course, I have steered off course from the usual beef cutlet required and replaced it with bacon. I mean, how outrageous can one get by doing  a chicken fry on bacon?

The bacon gets super crisp,  even done in the air fryer (and even leaves the house smelling like I made fried chicken). And it is perfect served with mashed and cream gravy,  with plenty of extra gravy to dip the bacon in. I served it up with biscuits for even more gravy fun.

But of course that is a dinner version. You can make a breakfast version  too, switching the mashed out  with something  like hash browns or scrambled eggs. Do your thing with it. It’s poetic.

Chicken Fried Bacon

Sunday  Funday

Food Poetry: Hosted by Stacy Rushton

Sunday Funday

Stacy wrote:

Is there an dish or ingredient that makes you wax poetic? For me, it’s coffee and I love using it in both sweet and savory recipes. Witness this haiku.
April is National Poetry Month.  Share a recipe and a poem about your chosen recipe or motivational ingredient. It can be in any form and as long or short as you like. No stress. Have fun!

I  was inspired by a poem  by Emily Dickinson, which gave me pause to transform  her poem into something very humorous and foodie.  I knew one thing- it needed to be outrageous. And what could be more outrageous than Chicken Fried Bacon?

Yes it is a thing.

Before getting  to  the chicken fried bacon, let’s admire the work  of a real master:

I Died For Beauty But Was Scarce
by Emily Dickinson.

I died for beauty but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
“For beauty,” I replied.
“And I for truth, the two are one;
We brethren are,” he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.

Chicken Fried Bacon

And now, with the mastering only a meat market can  produce, my artful “butchering”. #rofl #enjoy

I Cooked for Pleasure But Scarce
by Sue Lau

I cooked for hedonistic pleasure but scarce
Finished frying my bacon,
When one who cooked for health was heard
At an adjoining stove, bitchin’.

He questioned softly why I fried?
“For flavor,” I replied.
“I will only cook for health,” he said;
“I’m surprised you haven’t died.”

Yet, as foodie friends, we met for dinner,
Nibbling bacon between smiles.
Until all evidence passed our lips
And crumpled napkins covered plates.

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Chicken Fried Bacon

Chicken Fried Bacon

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 4


  • Breville Smart-Air Oven or air fryer


Chicken Fried Bacon:

  • 1 pound thick sliced bacon
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun spice
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Cream Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun spice
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 cups whole milk


  • 4 buttermilk biscuits
  • 4 servings mashed potatoes


  • Briefly fry the bacon in a skillet until it is limp and has rendered fat but not yet browned; drain.
  • Use the bacon grease in the skillet, measuring 3 tablespoons of that and adding the butter.
  • Heat that in the skillet with the salt, pepper, Cajun spice and flour for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the cold milk all at once and use a whisk to stir over med-low heat until the gravy comes to a boil; boil one minute to thicken then turn off the heat.
  • Have your biscuits and mashed prepped and ready.
  • Stir together the flour coating of flour, Cajun spice, black pepper and salt.
  • Dredge the partially cooked bacon in the flour, tapping off excess.
  • Allow that to sit quietly for five minutes then dredge again.
  • Place bacon on mesh racks in the Breville smart air oven; set the Breville to 300F on the airfry/convection setting. (I recommend placing a pan on a rack underneath to catch the drippings.)
  • Cook for 5 minutes then turn the bacon over and cook 5-7 minutes more or until lightly browned and crisp.
  • Serve the chicken fried bacon with mashed, cream gravy and biscuits as you prefer.


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7 responses

  1. Thank you for the kind words, Sue, and for bringing a smile to my face with your poem. Chicken fried bacon! This would make most things better.

  2. Sue your poem has brought a smile on beautifully penned. Though I cannot comment on fried meat and chicken, I can vouch that any food that is traditionally fried doesn’t taste the same with the modern way of cooking.. ‘pretend frying’. As the saying goes everything in moderation is healthy.

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