What do you call it when 3 friends decide to get together after drooling virtually with one another over all of those crazy bacon recipes that are floating all over Facebook?
Baconfest 2015, of course!
That’s right, tomorrow I’m heading off to my friend’s place to a) visit, b) check out the acreage she and her family just moved to and c) eat all. the. bacon. Heavy emphasis on point #3.
For some reason we had gotten into the habit of tagging each other every time we found a delicious-looking bacon recipe on FB or Pinterest so we decided to finally bring these recipes to life and host our own little Baconfest.
We’ve already got bacon cupcakes, bacon fritters, bacon-wrapped tater tots and bacon-crusted quiche on the menu but I wanted to bring one more thing. I decided to test out a tasty looking recipe I found for bacon-wrapped chicken bites. I think they turned out pretty good so I thought I’d share the recipe. Even though they’re totally decadent with bacon and brown sugar, with a few minor changes they’d actually make a decent little paleo-friendly appetizer.
Delicious and low carb? Sign me up!
I’m not normally the type to ‘test out’ recipes but this one seemed easy enough that I could whip up a batch before dinner without too much fuss or mess. I already had fresh chicken breasts and bacon in the fridge so that made things easy, no defrosting or anything. The chicken breasts took just a minute to cut up but as it was I made a few too big and had to cut them down later on. Oops.
I thought I could three sections out of each slice of bacon so I cut all my bacon up into three’s and started the rolling process. I thought I might need to use toothpicks to secure them but the bacon seems to just stick to the chicken nicely, so no picks. Another thing that makes this recipe so easy.
I didn’t take a picture of the sugar but basically I took each rolled up piece of chicken and dredged it in a plate of brown sugar. I rolled mine quite lightly because I didn’t want them to be too sweet. Once rolled, they got lined up on the baking rack on the cookie sheet with an extra sprinkle of pepper, ready to bake!
You really only need to bake these puppies for about 40 mins but I ended up throwing them back in for a few more minutes to crisp up the bacon a bit. For my next batch however, I think I’ll put them under the broiler for a few minutes to really make them crispy after they’ve cooked. Yum.
I know that I pretty much love anything that is wrapped in bacon and these little numbers were no exception. My husband came home just as I finished taking the picture above and not only did he really like these bites himself, I got extra credit because he thought I had prepared a special appetizer just for him. Shh, don’t tell him I was actually just testing this recipe out before I made it for my friends at Baconfest tomorrow.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 10 slices of bacon
- Salt and pepper
- 3/4 cup Brown sugar
- Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with tin foil.
- Cut chicken breasts into small cubes (approx. 1 inch cubes)
- Season with salt and pepper
- Cut slices of bacon into 2 or 3 shorter pieces, big enough to wrap around a piece of chicken
- Wrap each piece of chicken in a section of bacon
- Roll in a shallow dish of brown sugar
- Place on a baking rack on the foil-lined cookie sheet
- Bake for 45 mins, adjust timing for preferred degree of crispness on the bacon
- For extra crispy bacon wrapped chicken bites, once cooked turn the oven to Broil and bake for another 5 mins or until crisp