There is something about bacon. I've tried giving it up before, but it's just too plain ole' delicious. Add some chicken into the mix, bake it all together, and you've got something truly scrumptious. This easy bacon wrapped chicken is a staple in our kitchen, and I know it can become a staple in yours as well!
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An Easy Chicken Wrapped in Bacon Recipe
I have a confession. I am pretty good with staying on the Trim Healthy Mama bandwagon, but there are times when the ease of grabbing something at the grocery store that is 'close' to on-plan is just too easy to pass up.
There is a certain store around me that has pre-wrapped bacon chicken and they do grocery pick up. You've got to believe that those things have come in handy when the week gets long, the kids are crabby, and mama just wants to go home.
Yet, the problem is that there are two ingredients way down the line of ingredients that are certainly off plan on THM. I've let it slide far too long, and decided that it was time to come up with an EASY (that's the keyword here) bacon-wrapped chicken recipe.
Another confession...these turned out way better than I could have ever hoped for! This easy bacon-wrapped chicken is absolutely astounding! It tastes too good and the sauce is completely on-plan with Trim Healthy Mama!
Why Make These Easy Bacon Wrapped Chicken?
You may be asking if bacon is on-plan with Trim Healthy Mama? The answer is yes. Some women chose not to use bacon due to personal or religious reasons. The THM authors do so, but readily admit that bacon can be used on plan. It is more 'unclean' meat, so just be aware and do your own research.
If you feel uncomfortable with bacon, you can use any variety of alternative bacon with this recipe as well.
Here are three reasons to make this easy bacon wrapped chicken!
- High in protein
- Low Carb
- Easy to make in less than 1 hour!
Okay, I admit that was four reasons; I just had to stick that last one on there for good measure.
What do you need?
You gotta love a recipe that is simple and easy to make time and time again!
3-4 pounds of thawed chicken tenderloins
2 16- ounce packages of thin bacon (no sugar added)
¼ cup Braggs Amino Acids
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp parmesan (green can)
¼ tsp liquid smoke
⅛ tsp mineral salt
In addition to the ingredients, I recommend using a cooking baster for spreading the sauce.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Strips Sauce
The sauce to these is key to the success of this recipe! There is almost no complicatedness to the sauce, just grab the ingredients and mix them together. The first time I tried the recipe, I literally used the basting brush to mix the ingredients. Now that's a lazy moment!
The Braggs Amino Acids will make this recipe quite a bit salty. If you have never tried Braggs Aminos, it is a much better alternative to soy sauce and is completely non-GMO. It can be used in a variety of recipes to create sauces or add a flavor punch! This small jar is a great way to get a taste of it before buying the larger container.
How do you Wrap Chicken with Bacon?
One of the nice things about using tenderloins instead of chicken breasts is that the wrapping of the bacon does not need to be perfect. When using a thicker cut of meat, you will want to single-layer wrap your bacon to ensure that everything cooks properly and is at temperature.
With chicken tenderloins, they cook so fast that the bacon can be layered a little bit more loosely.
I like to start at one end of the chicken and try to single-layer wrap the bacon around the chicken until I get to the other end, but if you end up stacking the bacon up a bit (as pictured) it will really not affect the cooking process. Broiling the easy bacon wrapped chicken at the end of the cooking time will also help the bacon to look nice and well done when you serve.
Other Recipes you may Enjoy!
This recipe can serve as a side dish or a meal in itself. If you use it as your main protein source, have a side of veggies with it!
An Easy Peasy Side Salad might work nice!
Or my Keto Brussel Sprouts!
If you liked this recipe, be sure to try my other healthy meals, like this sausage stir fry, or the Easy Upside Down Lasagna. Or if you really are feeling adventurous, check out my new cookbook available on Amazon!
- 3-4 pounds of thawed chicken tenderloins
- 2 16- ounce packages of thin bacon (no sugar added)
- ¼ cup Braggs Amino Acids
- 1 tbsp parmesan (green can)
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- ¼ tsp liquid smoke
- ⅛ tsp mineral salt
- Mix the amino acids, parmesan, liquid smoke, and mineral salt together in a bowl.
- Start wrapping the bacon by taking one chicken tenderloin and one strip of bacon.
- Starting on the edge of the chicken wrap the bacon across the chicken.
- After you have finished use a basting brush to cover the bacon and chicken with sauce.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 30 minutes.
- For the last 3-5 minutes broil to add extra crispiness!
You will want thin or regular cut bacon. Thick-cut bacon does not work as well.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 475mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 49g
Onlne nutritional calculators are estimates only. Use your best judgement when consuming.