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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

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!

4.7 from 17 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. 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!

  2. So easy and so yummie. Thank you Monique

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. this is really tasty. i made this last night and everyone loved it requesting me to cook it again for the next sat night.oh thank you for sharing.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!!!

  8. 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.

  9. This chicken is delicious!!!! Thank you!!

  10. Can i skip out on the chili powder? I don’t have any…

  11. This sounds so good and I want to make it tonight but can I also use an indoor grill (ie. George Froreman)?

  12. Just made these for dinner, love this recipe, I don’t like real spicy but these are great! my sons loved them, bacon, need I say more.

  13. Well I made this for dinner last night, and I thought “I should leave out the brown sugar,” but I didn’t. I went ahead and made the recipe as it was, but left out a good amount of the sugar because 2/3 cups of sugar is A LOT especially when it is “packed”. I think I used maybe 1/4 cup NOT packed- and didn’t even sprinkle all of that on the chicken. It was still too sweet for my taste, but I tend to like my meats savory. All three of my kids loved it and ate every bite though so it’s probably just me. I loved the spice mix that went on the chicken before the wrapping it in bacon- in fact I just unwrapped mine and gave the bacon to my 7 year old. I’ll make it again- but I won’t be putting sugar on mine. I think I will to a pepper/sea salt sprinkle on the outside. Can’t wait to try another recipe!

  14. OMG, amazing! I made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit. I didn’t alter the recipe at all and it was perfect. I will be making this a lot in the future. Thanks for sharing.

  15. OMG! Made this tonight…absolutely perfect. Thanks so much for sharing! Best part…. my husband cleaned the kitchen!!!

  16. Made this last night and we absolutely loved it. I’m not a fan of spicy so I put half the Chili powder and didn’t have paprika so we just did without it. It was so delicious. The perfect balance of sweet spicy and succulent.

  17. Amazing! I used pork bacon and marinated the chicken a few hours. Everyone took the recipe home.

  18. This was amazing. I will definitely continue making this!

  19. Making this right now and it smells a-ma-zing!

  20. I found this looking for a paleo recipe. It was amazing. My son saw it and said “Now I know you love me!”

    I used pork bacon and made sure both side were crispy then drained it a few minutes on paper towels before serving.

  21. Great recipe. I am a gluten and soy free person. I have made this and other of your recipe, making minor adjustments for my allergies. Love them and you for sharing your wonderful food ideas.

  22. Love love love this, made this today. Simply easy to make, thanks again Monique.

  23. OMG, I made these and there were SO GOOD!!!!! I’m going to try this rub on some country style ribs but I know for your I will come back to this recipe again and again. Sooooo good, easy, and beauiful.

  24. Made these last week for the Seahawks vs.49er’s football party and they vanished !! Making some right now and this time with Pork Bacon. Killer recipe, Monique, you are my go to girl !!

  25. Yummm cant wait to try. Everything taste good wrapped in bacon

  26. Excellent recipe and can vary the ingredients to your choosing for flavor and taste. Still one of my favorite quick dishes.

  27. Looks amazing!! I definitely have to try this! Monique you are awesome!

  28. Will I yield the same results with pork bacon or will kit be too greasy?

    • Just made these tonight with pork bacon and turkey cutlets. EXCELLENT! Thanks for sharing, Monique:)
      P.s. Make sure you use a rack over a baking pan lined with foil. The bacon grease drains down to the pan and the foil makes clean up easy.

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