Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken  Bites are delicious little appetizers!  Chunks of tender chicken breast topped with pickled jalapeños and chunks of cheddar and then wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon…can you say WOW??  So tasty!  And easy!!!

You  may not believe me when I say easy but these really are!  Add some barbecue sauce to chicken chunks  and toss until they are well coated.

Then stack a piece of chicken, a pickled jalapeño and a cheddar cheese chunk on top of apiece of bacon.  Wrap the bacon around the stack and secure with a toothpick.

I had a hard time finding pickled jalapeños.  If you can’t find them, you can use sliced jalapeños in a jar.

Brush the pieces with a little maple syrup and place them on the outer edge of a preheated barbecue.  Grill them, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked and the bacon is crisp.

Sprinkle a little cilantro over the top, if you want, and serve these hot from the grill!

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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

Makes: 24 pieces

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound chicken breasts or tenders, cut 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 12 slices of bacon, cut in half crosswise
  • 24 slices of pickled jalapeños, about 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 block of sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4-inch-thick cubes
  • 24 toothpicks
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


In a large bowl, combine the chicken barbecue sauce, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Toss until well-coated.

One at a time, place a piece of chicken onto the end of a slice of bacon, top with cheese then a slice of jalapeño. Carefully roll and secure with a toothpick. Continue until all the chicken is wrapped.

Once all chicken is wrapped, brush one side of the bites with the maple syrup. Season evenly with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.

Heat the grill over medium heat (about 350°F) and oil the grill grates (to do this, dip a wadded paper towel in a little oil and, using tongs, wipe the oil evenly over the grates. Be careful not to use too much oil, because that’s a sure-fire way to start a good flare-up—a little goes a long way here.)

Carefully place the chicken bites on the outer edge of the grill, where they aren’t directly over the fire but close to it (as they flame up easily) and cook until the bacon fat has rendered and the chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes total, carefully rotating the bites every 3-4 minutes so that they cook evenly. The lid should be closed throughout the cooking process, unless you are flipping them.

Remove from the grill and let cool slightly before serving.

Recipe by The Defined Dish


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