Monday, December 20, 2021

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites


I love this tasty, and also beautiful appetizer dish! It was a new recipe that I tried a year ago, and has become one of my favorites to make. It has the added plus of being a make-ahead dish. This is always important to me when preparing for the holidays, or really, for any special day.

With two dozen much-loved family members here at our home for our Family Christmas on Dec. 28, I love to do as much as possible ahead of time. It leaves more time to relax, and enjoy being together with those I love! This appetizer dish freezes well, and just needs to be heated up in the oven on serving day. 

This year, I made enough for a very special CityGroup Christmas Party that we had last night, and also have enough already made in the freezer for our Family Christmas next week. I sure love delicious make-ahead recipes, and especially one that is as good as this one.

It's quite an easy process ... after cubing the chicken, coat with a mixture of seasonings, mixing together well. Wrap each piece of chicken with a bacon piece, secure with a toothpick, and then lay on the parchment covered baking pan. Sprinkle with the brown sugar. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven to brush with barbecue sauce, and bake about 5-10 minutes more.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

Course: Appetizers

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into one inch pieces.
  • 12 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 12 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 slices bacon cut into thirds
  • 14 cup brown sugar
  • 34 cup your favorite BBQ Sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place chicken pieces in a medium-sized bowl; sprinkle with the chili powder, seasoned salt, paprika, garlic powder which have been mixed together; then toss to coat the chicken.
  3. Wrap a bacon piece around each chicken cube, and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Place single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle bacon-wrapped chicken with brown sugar.
  5. Place into oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from oven, brush wrapped chicken pieces with BBQ sauce.
  7. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until chicken is no longer pink and bacon is crisp.
  8. NOTE: This is a great appetizer to make ahead and freeze! Freeze in a single layer, then place in an airtight container to put back in the freezer. When using, thaw in the refrigerator, then heat up in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until heated through. (It may work well to bake straight from the freezer, but for a longer time, as well; I just have not tried this method out yet.)

(Credit: this recipe was originally shared at ... click here. Please visit to find more great recipes! I made a few changes and additions before posting here on my blog.)

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