Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

What could go wrong with bacon, sugar, and spices? Cubes of chicken wrapped in bacon and coated with brown sugar, chili powder, and cumin? Great finger food for that "bring a dish" party. A skill level of 3/10 (easy). Plus it is easy to double or triple if needed.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 pounds bacon
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 convection or 375 if you don' have convection. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Mix well.
  • Clean and trim about 1 1/4 pounds of skinless boneless chicken breast. Cut into approx. 1-inch cubes.
  • If using thick bacon, thin out with the back edge of a chef knife. Cut the bacon in half, roll around the chicken cubes and secure with a toothpick. This is the point to cover and refrigerate for better timing.
  • Prep baking sheet with aluminum foil a rack and spray with PAM.
  • Roll the pieces in the brown sugar mixture. Be sure to pack some in the ends. Place on the rack.
  • Bake until golden brown. About 35 minutes for me. Cover with foil on a heavy dish to keep warm until served.

Notes

Pro Tips:

  1. If you are using thicker bacon, you will need to flatten it a bit with the flat edge of a knife. Thinner bacon is up to you.
  2. Chicken thighs work fine or substitute in small sausages or other things.
  3. The cumin is optional. It adds only a little heat but I think makes these wraps something special.
  4. See blog post for suggestions on keeping warm for serving.
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Nutrition

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 564mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg