Bacon really does make just about anything better, doesn't it? It sure does, in my book. Apparently, not so much to Toddler, though. He was not a fan of this dish. In the interests of full disclosure, though, he's not particularly interested in any food that's not yogurt, applesauce, fruit, pancakes, waffles, or cheese at the moment. I try not to take it personally.
Sometimes my creativity in the kitchen pays off. Not so much when I was a kid and attempting to create things that logically seemed like a good idea (hello, chocolate water, anyone?), but this time, creativity paid off in a big way. I had some chicken breasts lying around, a bottle of barbecue sauce and some bacon, and I needed to come up with an idea for dinner, as it was already 5 o'clock. I thought quickly, and tossed this dish together.
This a great dish to make on a night where time isn't on your side, or as an appetizer for your next party. Stick some toothpicks in your chicken bacon wraps, and voila, an easy appetizer! I served these for dinner, alongside some garlic roasted potato wedges and broccoli. The dish took no more than 5 minutes to prepare and toss in the oven, another 25 to cook, and then dinner was ready. It was awesome! I will definitely be making these again.
BBQ Chicken Bacon Wraps
1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce (or make your own!)
20-30 strips of bacon
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Find a 13x9 baking pan and set out on counter.
2. Cut chicken into strips. Not too thin, you don't want the chicken to dry out. But not too thick either, because you want to make sure the bacon and chicken cook at the same speed. Aim for whatever length you like, but no more than 1/2" thick.
3. Wrap one slice of bacon around each chicken strip, and lay in your baking pan. Do this to each chicken strip, and don't worry if they're all touching, it's okay.
4. Brush each wrap well with BBQ sauce. Put pan in the oven, and bake for 13-15 minutes.
5. Take pan out of oven and flip each wrap over. Brush each wrap again with BBQ sauce, then return to the oven for another 13-15 minutes.
6. Remove pan from the oven and immediately move wraps to a serving plate or platter. You can brush again with BBQ sauce, or serve sauce on the side with your wraps. Enjoy!
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