Need a party-friendly finger food? Try these smoky-sweet bites of chicken and bacon smothered in barbecue sauce. They’d be great for a kids’ party, but grown-ups will love them, too: put out a plate during a basketball game or TV marathon and watch them disappear. Just bring a big stack of napkins to manage the sticky fingers!
You could also transform this recipe from an appetizer or party plate into a full meal by keeping the chicken breasts intact. Then just wrap them in bacon, brush with the barbecue sauce, and bake as directed until they’re done. The bacon acts as a kind of substitute skin for the chicken, making sure the breasts don’t dry out in the oven, and it adds some much-needed fat to a cut that would otherwise be very lean.
To add that barbecue flavor, you’ll need some homemade barbecue sauce – you can try to find a kind with no added sugar in the grocery store, but it’s probably faster just to make your own. And make extras, too: as barbecue season gets into full swing, you’ll want to have it around for all kinds of other recipes. If you throw together a double batch, you can just freeze the other half and save it for your next BBQ masterpiece (or a second batch of bacon bites, if you just can’t resist making them again!)
BBQ Chicken and Bacon Bites Recipe
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes;
- 1 lb. bacon (store-bought or make your own), with each slice cut in half;
- ½ cup homemade BBQ sauce;
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Wrap each chicken piece with a half-slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Brush each chicken bite with BBQ sauce.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Turn the chicken bites over, and brush again with BBQ sauce.
- Place back in the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes.
- Serve warm.