Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Bacon + Chicken.  This sounds like a win already, but add on lots of savory spices and a chili powder- brown sugar mixture and my friends let me tell ya, you have a  triple threat. The perfect blend of sweet-smokey-spicy. I made this for lunch and we loved it. Even Isaac liked it which was surprising because they have a little spicy kick to them and that boy does not like spiciness.

baked bacon wrapped chicken tenders

I wasn’t sure how I was gonna like it seeing that the chicken and bacon was tossed in brown sugar and chili powder and I don’t really like sweet tasting meat too much. Boy was I wrong. It was sweet but the other flavors totally balanced it all out. It was like a little party of flavors in my mouth, all happily mingling together. When they are served piping hot out of the oven they really taste like they’ve been grilled!

baked bacon wrapped chicken tenders

I’ve had something very similar to this in a bite-size, appetizer form but the chicken wasn’t seasoned before-hand so I wasn’t all that impressed. Seasoning makes them like whoa!  You can really throw on any seasonings that you like but I’ve included a blend below that I like to use. It’s simple.

baked bacon wrapped chicken tenders

Serve with broccoli and mashed potatoes for super yummy meal!

Watch me make these bacon wrapped chicken tenders from start to finish!

4.8 from 26 reviews
Bacon Wrapped Chicken (Brown Sugar)
Recipe type: Main
  • 1 lbs. chicken tenders (about 10 chicken tenders)
  • 10 strips bacon, sliced in half length-wise (I used turkey bacon)
  • ½ -1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together salt, paprika, black pepper, onion powder,italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
  3. Sprinkle mixture evenly over chicken tenders, (top and bottom) completely coating them generously in the spices.
  4. Wrap two sliced bacon strips around the chicken tender. Tuck in and loose ends.
  5. Mix together brown sugar and chili powder.
  6. Sprinkle this mixture generously over bacon wrapped chicken, top and bottom. Press the sugar mixture into the chicken to pack it on.
  7. Place the chicken on a greased grill pan.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is done and bacon is crisp. You can broil for the last few minutes if desired to crisp up the bacon more.
  9. Serve piping hot! Garnish with parsley if desired.



  1. William Fulp says

    I made these for my wife and son this evening. We all loved them!!! Very easy and quick meal, taste even better than they look. You are awesome, Thank you.

  2. Pamela Jester says

    This is the BEST recipe I have run across in a long time! The next day I cut the strips into medaalions and added them to my salad with Honey Mustard, omg it was delish too!!! This is a must try! Thank you Divas!

  3. Ashley says

    I’ve made the bacon wrapped chicken with just the brown sugar and chili rub before, it was ok. Adding your seasoning to the chicken first makes it 100 times better! My boyfriend kept commenting on how good it was and has requested it again for dinner tonight!

  4. Mrs. Braxton says

    I’m so happy that I found your site. Your recipes have helped me save dinner many a night. :-) This particular recipe is now my husband’s new favorite. Tonight will be my second time this week making these tenders for him. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

  5. Mike Jarrett says

    This was suberb, first try brilliant, but the coating was a bit sharp !! I loved it , wife is still drinking !! Lol !! Thank you !!

  6. Kirstin says

    Hello! So I made this reciepe and totally over read the “sprinkle” part. I doused the bacon in Creole and brown sugar. It was over powering! But! If you cut up the pieces and make them into orderves it isn’t as over powering!

  7. Shaneice says

    I will be making these tonight. I also plan on making your m&m cookie bars. I’m so excited. I’ve been obsessed with you ever since my friend made your creamy cheeseburger soup. It was absolutely the best thing I ate in a really long time. It was perfection. :)) love you !!

  8. Eric says

    I made this tonight to use up some chicken breast that I had thawed. After tenderizing and slicing the chicken into strips, I improvised a little based on ingredients on hand (I can’t believe that I keep forgetting to buy garlic powder) and the rest of my family’s severe lack of affection for spiciness (substituting turmeric for chili powder.) Oh, and I better not forget the dash of mild curry powder added to the seasoning mix (for s&g) and a bit of overkill on the brown sugar (to ensure that each piece had enough packed on, top and bottom.) Even my daughter, the pickiest of them all, enjoyed it.

  9. Emily says

    Made this for my five brothers and sisters and my parents… it’s in the oven right now! Incredibly simple and quick but smells amazing! And bacon and chicken? Add the brown sugar and you have a meal worth dying for! I wont do that though…. I’ll be too busy eating this chicken! XD

  10. Taylor says

    I made this last night for my husband and he looked confused when I was tossing it in brown sugar, but boy did he love them. I made 10 as suggested and he only left me 3. TOTALLY AMAZING! Thank you. You never fail me lol

  11. CSaxton says

    These were beyond delicious. I baked some but I placed most of them on the grill. They were so good that my brother made a chicken tender run to the supermarket so I could make more. Definitely a keeper!

  12. Nana Sue says

    I doubled this recipe and used pork bacon and left out the chili powder. Everyone loved the chicken. There was no leftovers! Thanks for a delicious recipe!

  13. Tena says

    OMG! I made these before I left for training and I was thinking about them the whole time I was gone! So good! I can’t get home fast enough to make them again! I used a thick cut bacon the first time and I had to put them under the broiler to crisp up the bacon. Next time I will use thinner bacon. Ugh, my mouth is watering just thinking about them! I’m down 15lbs so this is worth a cheat meal!

  14. Patricia Bart says

    Thank you for publishing this recipe! I found a bare-bones recipe for bacon-wrapped chicken on the back of the chicken tender bag and tried that and it was terrible! Your delicious seasoning was perfect!

  15. Ebony says

    I just visited my parents and decided to cook this for them…..omg we loved it. Definitely a recipe that I have to tuck away for someone special!!!!

  16. Colin says

    I didn’t use salt because the bacon has more than enough. Awesome!! I used “REAL” chicken breasts
    Verses the ginormous ones commonly found. What I also did differently was fold the breast in half and tightly wrapped the bacon. It was the juiciest piece of white meat I’ve ever had. The rub recipe is a common rib rub but never thought to use it for chicken. Once baked I drizzled the brown sugar goodness over the end product which added as a sauce. Cookin it again tonight but sprinkled a bit more rub on the bacon and added a tad of butter to the bottom of the dish to make a fantastic sauce.

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