Bacon makes everything better!! My boyfriend and I have been hosting some Steelers gatherings lately and wanted to make some good football-viewing finger food (With the way the Steelers have been playing lately, the only thing we have to look forward to on game days is a good snack!!!). When I came across the (VERY SIMPLE!) recipe for bacon-wrapped chicken bites…. I WAS SOLD!!
|1.25 lbs (3) boneless skinless chicken breast, cut in 1-inch chunks (about 30 pieces)||~1.25 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast/tenders, cut into ~1-inch chunks (about 30 pieces)|
|10 slices bacon, cut into thirds||~10 slices center cut bacon (Make sure to get that kind, as you will be pleased with its calories and fat levels compared to the other kinds of bacon!)|
|1) Preheat oven on to 375°F.||1) Preheat oven to 375°F.|
|2) Wrap a piece of bacon around each piece of chicken; secure with a toothpick and place on a baking sheet (use foil for easy cleanup).||2) Cut the chicken into 30-40 pieces (doesn’t have to be exact). Wrap a piece of bacon (About 1/4-1/3 piece of bacon, depending on the size of the chicken bites – again, it doesn’t have to be exact) around each piece of chicken; secure with a toothpick and place on a baking sheet (use foil for easy cleanup). DEFINITELY use the foil! Trust me!|
|3) Bake on the lower rack turning halfway about 25 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked and browned. Blot on a paper towel and serve right away.||3) Bake on the lower rack. About 12.5 minutes in, flip each piece of chicken (the toothpicks don’t get hot, so you can just grab the toothpicks to turn them). Bake for an additional 12.5 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and browned. Blot on a paper towel and serve. The bites are tasty once they cool off as well, though (we even preferred them that way). Note that the original recipe just said to “turn halfway” – I interpreted that as flipping the pieces of chicken, but feel free to experiment with just turning the baking sheet, if you wish.|
Source: Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites
I served the bites with BBQ sauce and Thai Kitchen Pineapple and Chili Sauce – that worked well for our mixed crowd of adventurous and not-so-adventurous eaters! Unfortunately, it seems the Thai sauce has been discontinued (so go get it now, and it will be cheap!!!), but in the future, I would serve it with another one of their sauces if I could not buy that one.