Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

When it comes to appetizer preparation, those of you who are in-the-know realize that it's actually much less time consuming to prepare a full meal than to prepare a dozen different appetizers, but because so much of the prep work can be done ahead of time, and because this promotes a much more laid back atmosphere on Christmas day, I have gone the route of appetizers for the past couple of years. (Yes, that was all one sentence.)

This recipe for sweet chicken bacon wraps comes from Paula Deen. It is the second Paula Deen recipe I've blogged about that includes no butter. The first recipe was for her lemonade and how she squeaked by without including butter in that one, I have no idea.

Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

1 1/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
1 pound sliced bacon
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a wooden pick. Stir together brown sugar, chili powder and cayenne pepper, if using. Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture. Coat a rack and broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken wrap on rack in broiler pan. Bake 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

TIPS: Do yourself a favor and line your pan with aluminum foil. It makes for much easier cleanup. Also, spray the baking rack thoroughly with cooking spray to help with the cleanup as well.

31 comments:

Karen said...

That was one long sentence LOL. These look so good. I want to have a party and serve just appetizers!

Mags said...

Karen: I think appetizer parties are the greatest. Just finger nibbles and drinks....love it!

HoneyB said...

Yummy! I make something similar but use water chestnuts...SO GOOD!

June said...

Mmmm...BACON! These look incredible and you're right. The darn things are sooo much more work, but good huh?

Ashley said...

I just ate lunch a few hours ago and I'm already hungry looking at these. Thanks!

Moogie said...

Okay, you can bring a big plateful when you come to visit on New Year's Eve.

Mags said...

HoneyB: oh wow... I think the addition of the water chestnuts sounds fantastic!

June: Definitely worth the work, yes!

Ashley: Sorry about that....LOL!

Moogie: Wouldn't sharing these on New Year's Eve be fun?

B & D said...

lovely blog :) and anything that has chicken is on top of my list :) aahhh!! it looks so yummlicious...

Megan said...

Ooh... these look great. I'm planning my New Year's Eve menu and going back and forth between doing all appetizers or doing more of a dinner party. These are definitely in contention if it becomes an all-apps affair!

Megan said...

I gotta make these ASAP!

KKEYS said...

Can I make these on the grill for tailgating? Might test that out tonight. =) Suggestions appreciated!

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

KKEYS: I think you could try them on the grill but remember that there is sugar in the coating and that will make them tend to burn and/or stick if your grill isn't well greased. Let me know how they turn out if you try it this way, OK?

breanna said...

you had me at bacon! I've linked to you here: http://dollarstoremom.com/2011/10/pinterest-picks-the-im-hungry-edition/

A Nest in the Rocks said...

I created this recipe for the Great Pinterest Challenge happening over at the Better Life Bags Blog. It's wonderful - thanks for sharing!

Daniella @ Fat Loss Tips said...

Bacon wrapped around chicken - this is of course, very sinful, but very good! Maybe if I could just eat one, it wouldn't be so bad, but HOW could you just eat one?? My family loves these and I have made them several times for family gatherings and never a single wrap left!

Aiden said...

Just found your blog. I look forward to making these. Chicken and bacon, you can't go wrong there can you? I do most of the cooking in my home, so I know this will go over well.

Amanda said...

These look so delicious! Great pictures too! If you love bacon and chicken together, check out my latest recipe for skillet bacon jam chicken. http://bit.ly/baconchicken

Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I've made these several times, they are so good! And always a Hit with everyone!

Adele Forbes said...

These look so wonderful, bacon is my fav food...lol thank you so very much for sharing and so glad I found you, via Pinterest!

TLK! said...

This looks AMAZING! So easy, and I just know my bunch would gobble it up!

laura said...

i love appetzers! we have done christmas at my house for the entire extended family for the last 6 years and we always do an appetizer meal. it works great. everyone brings something that can be served buffet style and finger food. we let the kids and adults graze all day ! not alot of clean up and no one person has to do all the cooking and clean up.

Anonymous said...

I've made these for 3 parties and everyone loved them. It was the first thing gone !

Judi Dean said...

I have made these and omitted the cayenne and the chili powder...and let me tell you, they are OMG! yummmmmmoooooo!!! They are a super standby in the refrig too!!! make them up early in the day and then pop them into the oven just before guests come! try it, you will surely not be disappointed!!!

Pepper said...

I love you, I love Bacon and these Ah-mazing! My kids beg me to make them! Thanks so so much!

Anonymous said...

Any dipping aside needed? Going to make them this weekend for the first time.
Tim

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Tim: No dip needed. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I made these last week and they came out great. My family asked me to make them again. I didn't have any bacon and the roads were icy so I didn't go get any. I couldn't get the brown sugar mixture to stick to the chicken! I patted it on as good as I could but what little bit stayed fell off during cooking! I don't know why I guess the bacon is a must? lol

Anonymous said...

Recipe reminds me of Paula Dean's...since it's the same. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/sweet-chicken-bacon-wraps-recipe/index.html

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Anonymous: Thanks for pointing that out. Must be why I not only gave her credit but also posted a link to the Food Network. (Sorry, I don't take criticism well)

Anonymous said...

These are great. Happy Fourth of July!!!

Meari said...

Made these today for a Christmas party (left out the cayenne). They were a big hit! I didn't bake them on a rack, though... directly on the baking sheet.