Best Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

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The best easy bacon wrapped chicken bites – chicken strips wrapped in thick cut bacon and baked for tons of easy, delicious keto chicken and bacon flavor!

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Easy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Baked bacon-wrapped chicken bites are a delightful appetizer that combines the succulence of chicken with the irresistible crunch of bacon, creating a perfect harmony of flavors in every bite. These bite-sized morsels are oven-baked to perfection, ensuring the bacon is crisp and the chicken remains tender and juicy inside. Ideal for gatherings, these savory treats can be easily customized with various seasonings or glazes, making them a versatile choice for any event. Served alongside an array of dipping sauces, they offer a tantalizing taste experience that’s sure to satisfy both meat lovers and appetizer aficionados alike.

These chicken bites are low carb, packed with flavor, and so easy to make – they make a great appetizer, a tasty snack, or a fun chicken strip alternative that doesn’t add any gluten, sugar, or fried breading. We hope you love these delicious, easy chicken and bacon bites as much as we do!

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How to Make Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 8-10 slices of bacon, sliced in half (for smaller chicken breasts, use 8 slices – for larger use 10.)
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

Use this Method

Prep. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a baking sheet with a metal cooling rack on top. Spray cooling rack with cooking spray. Line bottom of baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.

Assemble. Cut chicken breasts into thin strips, about 2-3″ long and 1″ thick. In a small bowl, toss chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, sugar (optional, see notes), and chili powder. Cut bacon strips in half, and wrap around seasoned chicken strips. Arrange bacon chicken bites on wire rack and place in oven.

Bake. Bake 15 minutes and flip to other side. Continue to bake until bacon is crispy and chicken has reached 175 degrees internal temperature. If desired, add bacon chicken bites into pan and crisp bacon even more just before serving. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce, and enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks for Savory Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Choose the Right Chicken: Opt for boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, as they’re easier to cut into uniform bite-size pieces, ensuring even cooking.

Cut Evenly: Make sure to cut the chicken into even pieces to promote uniform cooking. Bite-sized pieces, about 1 inch, are ideal.

Select Quality Bacon: Use thin or regular cut bacon for easier wrapping around the chicken bites. Thick-cut bacon can be too bulky and may not cook as evenly.

Secure with Toothpicks: Use toothpicks to secure the bacon ends to the chicken. This helps the bacon stay wrapped during the cooking process.

Season Well: Before wrapping with bacon, season the chicken pieces with your favorite spices or a simple mix of salt, pepper, and garlic powder to enhance their flavor.

Pre-Cook Bacon (Optional): For extra crispy bacon, consider partially cooking the bacon slices before wrapping. This can be done in a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes.

Use a Wire Rack: Bake the chicken bites on a wire rack set over a baking sheet to allow air circulation, which helps the bacon become crispy all around.

Avoid Overcrowding: Place the wrapped chicken bites spaced apart on the rack to ensure they cook evenly and the bacon crisps up nicely.

Baste for Extra Flavor: Halfway through baking, you can baste the chicken bites with a mixture of BBQ sauce, honey, or maple syrup for added flavor and a sticky glaze.

Check for Doneness: Ensure the chicken is fully cooked by checking that it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) with a meat thermometer.

Broil for Crispiness: For extra crispy bacon, broil the chicken bites for a couple of minutes at the end of cooking, watching closely to prevent burning.

Let Rest Before Serving: Allow the chicken bites to cool for a few minutes after baking. This makes them easier to handle and lets the flavors meld.

Garnish and Serve: Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or chives before serving for a pop of color and freshness.

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FAQs

What kind of bacon should I use for wrapping the chicken?

Thin or regular cut bacon is best for wrapping as it cooks evenly and becomes crispy without overwhelming the chicken. Thick-cut bacon can take longer to cook and may result in undercooked chicken.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Yes, chicken thighs can be used and may even add more flavor due to their higher fat content. Just ensure they’re boneless, skinless, and cut into uniform bite-sized pieces.

How do I prevent the bacon from unraveling during baking?

Secure the bacon around the chicken bites with toothpicks. This helps keep the bacon in place during the cooking process.

How can I make sure the bacon gets crispy?

Baking the chicken bites on a wire rack allows heat to circulate around the bacon, making it crispier. Additionally, you can broil the bites for the last few minutes of cooking, keeping a close eye to avoid burning.

What internal temperature should the chicken reach to be safe to eat?

The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure it’s fully cooked and safe to eat. Use a meat thermometer to check.

Can I add seasoning or sauce to the chicken bites?

Absolutely! Season the chicken with your favorite spices before wrapping in bacon for extra flavor. You can also brush the bites with BBQ sauce, honey, or maple syrup in the last few minutes of baking for a glaze.

Can I prepare these in advance?

Yes, you can wrap the chicken in bacon and refrigerate for a few hours before baking. Just let them come to room temperature for about 15 minutes before baking to ensure even cooking.

How should I store leftovers?

Store any leftover chicken bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warm.

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What to Enjoy with Bacon Chicken Bites

Dipping Sauces: Offer a selection of dipping sauces like honey mustard, ranch, BBQ sauce, or a spicy aioli to complement the savory flavors of the chicken bites. Try my favorite fry sauce.

Vegetable Platter: A fresh vegetable platter with carrots, celery, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes provides a crisp and refreshing contrast to the rich bacon and chicken.

Cheese Board: A cheese board featuring an assortment of cheeses, along with crackers and some fruit, can balance the savory bites with creamy and sweet notes.

Coleslaw: A tangy and crunchy coleslaw can provide a refreshing and light side that complements the richness of the bacon-wrapped chicken.

Potato Salad: A classic potato salad, whether creamy or vinegar-based, makes a hearty and satisfying side that pairs well with the flavors of the chicken bites.

Stuffed Jalapeños: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, stuffed jalapeños or other spicy appetizers can add an exciting flavor contrast.

Fruit Skewers: Skewers of fresh fruit like pineapple, melon, and grapes offer a sweet and juicy element that can cleanse the palate between bites.

Mini Quiches: Small, bite-sized quiches can complement the chicken bites with their egg-based filling and flaky pastry.

Cornbread Muffins: Mini cornbread muffins add a sweet and savory bread option that pairs nicely with the smoky flavor of the bacon.

Pasta Salad: A light pasta salad, perhaps with a vinaigrette dressing and plenty of fresh vegetables, can offer a refreshing and filling accompaniment.

Sweet Potato Fries: Oven-baked sweet potato fries with a sprinkle of sea salt provide a sweet and salty side that’s both delicious and easy to eat by hand.

Caprese Skewers: Skewers with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil drizzled with balsamic glaze can offer a burst of fresh flavors.

If you love these bacon wrapped chicken bites, you’ll love these other easy appetizers! Some of my all time favorites like Brown Sugar Scallops, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, Keto Ham and Cheese Rolls, Bang Bang Shrimp, and Jalapeno Cheddar Bread!

Click here for our complete appetizer archives.

These are some of my favorite chicken recipes of all time – my classics like baked ranch chicken thighs, the best baked chicken thighs, creamy chicken and mushrooms, lemon chicken, and air fried chicken drumsticks.

You can find our entire keto chicken recipe archives here.

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Best Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Yield: 20 chicken bites
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

The best easy bacon wrapped chicken bites – chicken strips wrapped in thick cut bacon and baked for tons of easy, delicious flavor!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 8-10 slices of bacon, sliced in half (for smaller chicken breasts, use 8 slices - for larger use 10.)
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a baking sheet with a metal cooling rack on top.
  2. Spray cooling rack with cooking spray.
  3. Line bottom of baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  4. Cut chicken breasts into thin strips, about 2-3" long and 1" thick.
  5. In a small bowl, toss chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, sugar (optional, see notes), and chili powder.
  6. Cut bacon strips in half, and wrap around seasoned chicken strips.
  7. Arrange bacon chicken bites on wire rack and place in oven.
  8. Bake 15 minutes and flip to other side.
  9. Continue to bake until bacon is crispy and chicken has reached 175 degrees internal temperature.
  10. If desired, add bacon chicken bites into pan and crisp bacon even more just before serving.
  11. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce, and enjoy!

Notes

*Optional - add 2 tbsp brown sugar to spices for a sweet and spicy bacon wrapped chicken bites recipe.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 3-4 chicken bites
Amount Per Serving Calories 176Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 61mgSodium 725mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 22g

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