Grilled Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers


Grilled Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers are a sweet and salty combination of crispy bacon and juicy chicken, grilled to sear in flavor. These chicken  kabob-style skewers will be great at your next BBQ!

grilled skewers on a plate

Grilled Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers Recipe

Wrapping things in bacon is great, except for when it isn’t. Bacon is meant to be crispy and delicious but way too often the wrap-job turns bacon into a chewy and overly flexible piece of salty fat. No thanks! But when you grill bacon, it crisps up nicely and keeps the chicken moist while giving it a just the right amount of bacon flavor. Add just a touch of brown sugar that caramelizes a bit when cooked and you have the perfect slightly sweet and salty main dish. And the best part? You didn’t even have to heat up the kitchen to make it because you let the grill do the work.

Bacon isn’t something that we buy a lot. We enjoy it on occasion, so I always have to put it on my shopping list when I’m planning meals because it isn’t something I just have in the fridge. I think it’s because it can be fairly expensive and if you are buying nitrate-free bacon, it can be really expensive. But no fear fellow frugal friends, I was recently introduced to a pretty handy app that helps save money without spending hours cutting coupons (because ain’t nobody got time for that!).

Favado is the app and saving money while shopping locally is its goal. You download the app and then you add the stores you shop at. So when you are searching by ingredient, say bacon, then it will compare the price of bacon at the stores you have entered and it will even let you know if there are any coupons available. Since I have to drive over an hour and a half to do major city-shopping this app is so handy. The kids have about a 4 store limit on our major shopping trips, so now it’s easy for me to find out which store has the best prices on the majority of what I’m looking for and I head there.

grilled skewers on a white plate with bacon and brown sugar to the side

How Do I Arrange the Bacon and Chicken on the Skewers?

Here’s a simple diagram on how to assemble the skewers if you are a visual learner like myself.

how to arrange the bacon and chicken on the skewer

How Can I Spice Up this Dish?

I think adding a 1/2 teaspoon or so of cayenne pepper to the brown sugar before sprinkling it on would make for a nice little kick if you enjoy a little bit of spice. You can add more or less depending on what you like.

What Kind of Bacon Can I Use?

All kinds of bacon work well in this recipe, so use whichever you like? It can be thick or thin cut and maple, hickory, or whatever flavoring you like. You can’t go wrong when cooking with bacon.


Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless This Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 5 skewers 1x


Grilled Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers are a sweet and salty combination of crispy bacon and juicy chicken, grilled to sear in flavor. These chicken  kabob-style skewers will be great at your next BBQ!



  • 2 to 2.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 4 or 5 pieces raw bacon
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Cut the chicken into 1.5 inch squares. Thread the bacon and chicken onto the skewers as illustrated, working at the top of the skewer and pushing the meat down as you go. The recipes will make 4 or 5 skewers total.
  2. Once you have all of the chicken and bacon onto the skewers sprinkle half of the brown sugar over one side of the raw meat.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high. Carefully place the skewers on the grill, brown sugar side down. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar over the skewers and cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Flip the skewers over and cook for an additional 6 to 10 minutes, until the chicken reaches 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
  4. Remove the skewers from the grill when cooked and let them rest for 5 minutes. Serve right away while they are still hot.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chicken skewer recipe, chicken kabob recipe, how to make chicken skewers, grilled chicken recipe, bacon wrapped chicken recipe, grilled bacon wrapped chicken skewers

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Favado.


skewers on a white plate

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This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in August 2019.

Grilled Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers are a mouthful to say and a mouthful of sweet and salty flavor.

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14 Responses
  1. deb c

    Oh yum…yum…yum! Loved the sugar addition! Next time I might get a little more heavy handed with the sugar….never can go wrong with sugar or chocolate! I don’t think chocolate would work all that well with these but a little black pepper on the chicken prior to threading would be perfect! Next time I need to remember not to pack the pieces on as tight so the bacon in between cooks better. Thanks….he liked it!!!! 🙂

  2. Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

    I love your diagram! Makes it so easy to understand how to assemble these! My family will love these for dinner soon!

  3. Hahaha. I LOVE you for your MSPaint or whatever that is of the skewers! I love doing stuff like that. 🙂

    And that first picture is especially awesome! I often think meat looks unappetizing but this looks and sounds great!

    1. My husband about died when he saw that and wondered if I was really going to post it! Oh yes I did 🙂 And it is totally done in paint. I have mad skills huh! How the heck are you friend. I owe you an email!

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