Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Wrapped in bacon with a brown sugar rub, these Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts are a sweet and savory dish perfect for any night of the week.

Wrapped in bacon with a brown sugar rub, these Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts are a sweet and savory dish perfect for any night of the week.

There’s a saying that goes something like this, everything is better with bacon. And these Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts are no exception. A spice rub with brown sugar and chipotle powder creates a spicy, caramely sauce that compliments the bacon fabulously.

One thing that I’ll mention is that it’s really important NOT to use thick sliced bacon. It just doesn’t wrap very nicely. Depending upon the size of the breast, I use 2 – 3 slices of bacon. I start by placing the end of a slice of bacon under one of the ends of the chicken breast and start wrapping. When that slice has covered the chicken breast, I place the end of another slice on top of the end of the wrapped piece and secure both pieces with a toothpick. I repeat until the chicken breast is covered.

The oven temperature for this recipe is quite high at 425˚F. This is to ensure that you don’t end up with soggy bacon. Because who wants soggy bacon? Not me! This does mean that you’ll want to watch the chicken closely for the last several minutes to make sure that it doesn’t over cook. If the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165˚F before the bacon seems to be done, simply turn on the broiler until it crisps up. It usually only takes another 2 – 3 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a rimmed serving dish and pour the syrupy sauce over the bacon-wrapped breasts. One of my favorite sides to serve with this is country fried potatoes. It’s kind of like breakfast for dinner elevated.

Bonus, for all you bacon lovers, here are a couple more recipes that use this magical ingredient. Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin and Jalapeño Popper Chicken Breast.

 

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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts


  • Author: Leigh Oslon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

Wrapped in bacon with a brown sugar rub, these Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts are a sweet and savory dish perfect for any night of the week.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 812 thin sliced bacon
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F.
  2. If the thickness of the chicken breasts is very uneven, pound them a bit to even things out (see this post for how to do that), keeping the chicken 3/4- to 1-inch thick.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
  4. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, and chipotle powder.
  5. Season the chicken with the sugar mixture on both sides.
  6. Tightly wrap each chicken breast with 2 – 3 slices of bacon overlapping where necessary.
  7. Place the chicken breasts on the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken breast registers 165˚F and the bacon is crispy.
  9. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.