food thursday: appetizers (chicken bacon!)

We’re having some friends over this weekend so last night I dug out my trusted set of appetizer recipes to see what sort of pre-meal snacks I’m going to have available. I haven’t decided what all I’m making yet, but I came across one of our absolute favorite appetizers and was surprised to see that I haven’t shared it here yet. Among our group of friends this is one of the greatest hits.

This recipe came from Paula Deen (and yet doesn’t involve butter) and I didn’t change a darn thing. All props to that Southern chef for this easy and delicious appetizer!

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken
or as our group calls them – chicken bacon!

1-1.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pound package of bacon
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 TB chili powder
toothpicks

1. Preheat oven to 350. Coat your broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Place brown sugar & chili powder in a bowl and stir together.

3. Cut chicken into cubes – small ones, no bigger than in inch in size. Cut each slice of bacon into thirds. Wrap each chicken piece with bacon and secure with toothpick. Dredge wrapped chicken in the sugar/spice mixture so it is well-coated. Place on broiler pan.

4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until bacon is crisp.

Note: I know this uses chili powder but they are not spicy at all – tastes a bit like a sweet barbecue. They are delicious!

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