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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites have tender boneless chicken wrapped in bacon, then sprinkled with a simple spice rub for a touch of heat.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

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Every party needs these Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites on the menu. In fact, these little bites of goodness are so delicious – you might want to consider making a double batch!

Bite-sized pieces of tender chicken are wrapped in bacon, then sprinkled with a slightly spicy-slightly sweet rub made with brown sugar and a blend of ground spices.

Once these chicken bites are baked, serve them with a honey-soy dipping sauce – a perfect complement to the juicy chicken, crispy bacon, and zesty-sweet seasonings.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

Key ingredients and Substitutions

  • Chicken – Chose boneless-skinless chicken breasts or thighs – either will work for this appetizer. We found that the thigh meat stayed juicer than the breast meat during the cook time to crisp the bacon, but the breast meat was easier to work with.
  • Bacon – Thin-sliced bacon slices work the best here because they will cook more quickly than a thick-cut bacon. Choose any flavor of bacon you’d like.
  • Spice rub – Make a simple spice rub of seasonings from your spice cabinet plus brown sugar. We included chili powder, paprika, onion and garlic powder, ground ginger, salt and pepper, plus a pinch of cayenne for a little extra heat.
  • Dipping sauce – Optional for serving and dipping your Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites, this sauce is made with a mix of soy sauce, honey, ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, and fresh garlic and ginger. We also add a dash of hot sauce for a little kick of flavor and heat.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

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Special supplies needed

  • Tooth picks, to hold the bites together as they bake
  • A sheet pan with rack that fits in the tray

Chef’s Tip –

Lining a sheet tray with foil and spraying both sides of the rack with non-stick cooking spray will make for easy clean up.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

How do I make Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites?

  1. Mix the sauce together in a small saucepan and simmer for five minutes. Chill to cool.
  2. Cut chicken (breasts or thighs) cut into one-inch pieces (about one ounce each).
  3. Cut bacon strips into smaller pieces.
  4. Wrap chicken pieces in bacon, overlapping the ends and securing with a toothpick.
  5. Mix all of the spice rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  6. Line a sheet tray with foil. Then spray both sides of a rack with non-stick cooking spray and insert the rack into the foil-lined pan.
  7. Place the bacon-wrapped chicken in a single layer on the prepared rack and sheet tray.
  8. Sprinkle half of the rub over one side of the chicken bites, then turn each one over and sprinkle the other side with the second half of the rub.
  9. Bake in a 350 degrees F preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, rotating the pan half way through. If you’d like the bacon to be extra crispy, place under the broiler for a minute or so to crisp up.
  10. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

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Frequently asked Questions

  • Can I make Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites ahead of time? You can wrap the chicken in bacon, plus make the rub and dipping sauce ahead as well. Refrigerate until ready to bake. When ready to bake, sprinkle the rub on the chicken and bake as written in the recipe instructions.
  • How do I store the leftovers? Store any leftover, cooked chicken bites in the refrigerator for up to two days.
  • Can I freeze these bites? The Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites should freeze well, assembled but still uncooked, as long as the chicken wasn’t previously frozen. Thaw before baking. They will also freeze well after baking. Then reheat after thawing by placing the bites back onto a rack and heating through in the oven.

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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings (4 pieces per portion)
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Dipping sauce  (optional)

¼ cup soy sauce

½ cup honey

½ cup ketchup

¼ cup water

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, finely minced

Dash of your favorite hot sauce

Dry rub

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dry ground ginger

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pinch cayenne powder

Bites

2 ½ pounds boneless-skinless chicken breasts or thighs or a mix of both

1 pound bacon (16 slices per pound, thin not thick cut bacon) Look for packages with even looking slices


Instructions

Place all of the dipping sauce ingredients into a small sauce pan, bring to a boil then simmer on medium low for five minutes. Cool and refrigerate to thicken up.

Mix all rub ingredients and set aside.

Cut the chicken into one-inch pieces (about one ounce each)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Pull off one strip of bacon at a time and determine if you need to cut the strip into two or three pieces based on the size of the chicken pieces. Some of my slices I cut into two and some into three based on the size of each chicken piece.

Wrap each piece and overlap the ends of the bacon and secure with a toothpick. Repeat for all pieces, about 40 total.

Line a sheet tray with foil and spray a rack on both sides and fit it into the sheet tray.

Line up the chicken bites not touching, about 5X8 for a total of 40.

Sprinkle on half of the rub, flip each piece over and sprinkle on the other half.

Bake uncovered for about 35-40 minutes or until the bacon is somewhat crispy.

If you want them crispier, place the pan under the broiler for a minute or two to crisp up.

Serve four pieces per portion with some of the dipping sauce on the side.


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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

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  • Marg Priddice wrote:

    Love your website that I have just come across .
    I’m trying to get into cooking more s and your recipes look delicious.
    I’ll let you know how I get on and thank you.

    • Martha wrote:

      We’re glad you found us Marg! Good luck with your cooking!

  • Sharon Atcheson wrote:

    Oh my! Another keeper recipe from A Family Feast! There’s a reason why you’re my go to recipe blog! I will use these Bacon Wrapped chicken Bites as a go to appetizer whenever I have a reason or better yet I’ll find a just because reason! Your coconut shrimp is another favorite and go to recipe! Thank you for what you do so well!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank YOU Sharon! 😀 so glad you are enjoying the recipes!

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