Full House Chili

Grape Pickers Skillet with Chicken

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  • 10 strips bacon
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme
  • 2 lbs Yukon gold or other favorite
  • potato peeled and sliced thinly
  • ¾ cups shaved or shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup leeks sliced (make sure to clean good)
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 ½ cups cooked shredded chicken  (you can use rotisserie or you can cook it yourself).  I normally cook 2-3 chicken breasts skin on in boiling water with salt, pepper, thyme, garlic salt and onion powder.  This way it adds extra flavor as opposed to just plan boiled or canned chicken.


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. In 8 inch cast iron skillet (I spray with cooking spray) line bacon covering bottom and sides and leave 1/3 of each strip hinging over sides.  Sprinkle ½ of thyme over bacon, next layer ½ of potatoes, then cover with ¼ Gruyere cheese and add salt and pepper. 
  3. Next add all the chicken, ¼ Gruyere cheese, all the leeks, all garlic, 2nd half of thyme, remaining potatoes, salt and pepper and last ¼ Gruyere cheese. 
  4. Now fold bacon up to cover top not overlapping to center.  Place skillet on stove top and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes (this is to cook/crisp up the bacon on the bottom). 
  5. Cover skillet with foil (careful, pan is hot) transfer pan to oven and cook 30 minutes. 
  6. Remove foil and cook another 30 minutes until bacon is crisp and potatoes are tender. 
  7. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes.
  8. Using a lid to cover, drain bacon grease off if you so choose and then serve.

Ok, now who doesn’t like bacon???  I find this fact very interesting; this dish was a favorite of grape pickers in France’s Burgundy region (known for what else but wine).  Well, you know by now Brad and I will be planting the vineyard in Sonoma soon, so I guess there is no surprise that we liked this recipe.  What a great dish to entertain your morning guests (or just yourselves) and why not complete this meal with a Mimosa made with a bottle of J2 Winery Sparkling Wine.