Bacon-wrapped bbq chicken

Weekends are pretty busy in our household: we try to go out and explore our new city, travel around Europe, or do little projects around the house. So we don’t always have time to make big elaborate meals, and will either eat leftovers or random food from the fridge when I take a break from whatever project I’m working on (or blogging about…). This weekend was no exception: Jonathan graciously accepted to help me fold all my clothes that had gotten unruly since the last laundry day, and I was busy working on one of my blog posts. After Jonathan wandered into the kitchen about 10 times looking sad and hungry, and even my stomach started to rumble, I figured it was time for a little snack break.

We usually grocery shop on Monday, and use the weekend to eat any leftovers from the past week. Translation: our fridge was pretty empty. On our last shopping order, I went a little crazy ordering turkey bacon when I discovered our grocery store actually carries it and I bought 4 packs of the stuff. A part of me secretly worried they’d realize how amazingly delicious the stuff is and stop making it, just to torture me. So, stock up, I did. I went crazy for it in part because me and Jonathan don’t eat pork but I’m not gonna lie: I love the salty smoky flavor of bacon. Turkey bacon is the healthier cousin of pork bacon, with all the same salty taste. I couldn’t really justify just cooking up a bunch of (turkey) bacon and serving it as a “snack” so I kept looking and realized we also had some chicken thighs that needed to be eaten, too. I originally thought of making a more elaborate cheddar & bacon-stuffed chicken casserole, but then came back to my senses because nobody had time to spend Saturday afternoon working on a new recipe.

So, these bacon-wrapped BBQ chicken snacks were born out of necessity, lack of time and a pinch of laziness. But you guys, these are so, so good. Like, dangerously easy and good. I almost never make any kind of meat without marinating or at least seasoning it, but that is totally not necessary for this recipe! If you love (turkey) bacon and BBQ sauce then you pretty much should drop what you’re doing right now and make this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Two chicken thighs (boneless & skinless)
  • 12 strips of bacon
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees (Celsius)
  2. Cut each piece of chicken into 6 pieces
  3. Wrap each piece of chicken with one strip of bacon; use a toothpick to secure it in place if needed
  4. Set aside ½ cup of the BBQ sauce to dip your cooked chicken bites in
  5. Use the other ½ cup to brush a spoonful of barbecue sauce onto each piece of bacon-wrapped chicken
  6. Place each piece of chicken onto a baking sheet and bake for 20–25 minutes, or until cooked through.
  7. Serve immediately, with the remaining BBQ sauce on the side

Servings: 12 bacon wrapped bbq chicken bites

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Originally published at www.seefoodplay.com on August 11, 2015.

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