I want to chat with you about one of my absolute favorite culinary delights: Bacon Wrapped Chicken. I mean, seriously, what could be better than succulent chicken breast hugged by crispy, smoky bacon? It's a match made in foodie heaven!
Now, let's get right into it. Bacon-wrapped chicken is the kind of dish that makes your taste buds sing with joy. It's simple, yet utterly satisfying. The concept is pretty straightforward: take a juicy chicken breast and wrap it snugly with strips of delicious bacon. But the magic happens when you cook it to perfection, resulting in a symphony of flavors and textures.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken
First things first, when choosing your chicken breast, go for the boneless and skinless variety. This allows the bacon to envelop the chicken nicely, ensuring that every bite is a delightful blend of tender chicken and crispy bacon goodness. Plus, the absence of bones and skin makes the cooking process a breeze.
Next up, it's time to get down to business. Lay out your bacon strips and place the chicken breast on top. Now, wrap the bacon around the chicken, securing it with toothpicks if needed. This not only keeps everything intact but also gives your bacon-wrapped chicken a charming appearance. It's like a little gift waiting to be unwrapped by your taste buds!
Once your bacon-wrapped chicken is prepped and ready, it's time to cook it up. You have a few options here. You can either bake it in the oven, pan-fry it, or even throw it on the grill for that extra smoky flavor. Whichever method you choose, make sure to cook it until the bacon is crispy and the chicken is fully cooked through. You definitely don't want any undercooked chicken, as food safety is of utmost importance.
- Chicken breasts
- Brown sugar
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Lemon pepper
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- Preheat your oven and then pat dry and trim the chicken breasts.
- Mix brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper, and salt in a bowl. Now rub the seasoning mixture onto the chicken breasts.
- Wrap bacon around each chicken breast and place the bacon-wrapped chicken in a baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
It's best to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for bacon-wrapped chicken as it allows the bacon to wrap around the chicken more easily. However, if you prefer bone-in chicken, you can still try it, but make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly as bone-in chicken may take longer to cook.
Yes, you can definitely use turkey bacon if you prefer a leaner option. Keep in mind that turkey bacon may have a slightly different texture and flavor compared to regular bacon, but it can still work well for wrapping the chicken.
Absolutely! Grilling bacon-wrapped chicken can add a wonderful smoky flavor. Just make sure to preheat your grill to medium heat and cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, turning it occasionally to cook evenly.
Bacon-wrapped chicken pairs well with a variety of sides. Some popular options include roasted vegetables, steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, a fresh salad, or even some grilled corn on the cob. Choose your favorite sides to create a delicious and well-rounded meal.
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Bacon Wrapped Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts
- 8 thin slices of uncooked bacon
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon dry chopped chives OPTIONAL
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Pat dry and trim the chicken breasts of all excess fat. Set on a plate.
- In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, Paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper, and salt. Reserve 1 tablespoon.
- Sprinkle the seasonings over the chicken breast and rub to coat each one.
- Wrap 2 bacon strips around 1 breast.
- Repeat for all 3 other strips.
- Place in a baking dish.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until chicken has reached 165 degrees F.
- *NOTE* Time may vary according to the thickness of the chicken breasts.
- Serve and Enjoy!
- Use leftovers: Chop the chicken and serve over a salad or in a wrap.
- Storage: In a fridge for up to 4 days.
- Re-warm: In an air fryer at 350 degrees F for 3 to 4 minutes or oven at 350 for 5 minutes or until heated through.
- The time will vary according to the thickness of the chicken breasts.
- Using a thin slice of bacon is better than a thick one as it will cook faster.
- Also, you can put the chicken on a rack in the baking dish. This way the bacon will be crispy underneath. When testing it, it leads to slightly more dry bacon.
Bacon wrapped chicken is a simple yet sensational dish that combines the irresistible flavors of juicy chicken breast and crispy bacon. With just a few steps, you can create a culinary masterpiece that will please your taste buds and impress your friends and family.