One-Pot Victory Garden Smash with Chicken and Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce

5 from 4 reviews

This one-pot meal helps you enjoy the bounty of your garden in a keto-friendly way, in a light cream sauce. It’s completely adaptable to whatever is currently fresh in your garden that you want to use in a delicious way!



  • 12 chicken tenderloins
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped herbs (I used thyme, sage, and rosemary)
  • 12 oz bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onions, reserving 2 tbsp chopped greens if available as a garnish
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken bone broth or stock
  • 34 cups of chopped veggies (depending on the size of your skillet) —I used: 1 small patty pan squash, 1 small kousa squash,1 handful of wax beans (whole but trimmed), 1 small tomato, 1 handful of chopped kale.
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Toss your chicken tenderloins with 1 tbsp olive oil, fresh cut herbs, and a generous amount of salt and pepper.
  2. Using your largest skillet, cook your bacon over medium heat until crisp. Then, remove the bacon to a paper towel, but leave the grease in the pan.
  3. Arrange chicken tenderloins in skillet, and brown over medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side. If they’re particularly thick tenderloins, you can do this covered for half the time, though they do not need to cook completely through in this first round. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add chopped onions to the skillet, and when the skillet begins to dry out, add up to two tablespoons of butter. Cook for about 5 minutes or until soft, then add broth and scrape the bottom of the skillet to get up all the flavor into the onions. Simmer for an additional 3 minutes until the broth is reduced slightly and is slightly thickened.
  5. Add chicken and veggies (softer veggies you can stagger the timing, like throwing tomatoes and kale in at the end.) Shuffle every so often. Cook covered for about 3 minutes, then uncovered until the liquid is mostly dissolved (about 10 minutes) and is thick. 
  6. Add heavy cream and bring to a simmer, then add Parmesan slowly (you can use less if you started with less liquid in the pan before the heavy cream), top with crispy crumbled bacon, and enjoy!


Note: In the last step, if you have more water-rich veggies, it’s possible you might have a lot of liquid in the end. In this case, you may need to reduce the amount of heavy cream you add, or increase the amount of parmesan cheese used to thicken it. I’d recommend not using more than one item in the mix (such as one small tomato). 

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