Smoky-Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast
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Smoky-Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast

This easy dinner recipe for Smoky-Sweet Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breast will soon become a family favorite. One bite, and you’ll understand why.

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The secret to keeping this easy family dinner of bacon-wrapped chicken breasts so moist, tender, and flavorful (besides the bacon wrapping), is to bathe the chicken in a saltwater and sugar brine for 30 minutes before seasoning and wrapping the breasts in bacon.

The difference the brine makes is unmistakable and is well worth the extra 30 minutes of basically hands-off time.

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The ingredient list for making smoky-sweet chicken breasts:

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*Note – You’ll notice in the photos that the chicken breasts I’d purchased were very large, so I cut them in half lengthwise. If the chicken breasts you have aren’t quite as large, feel free to leave them whole.

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

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Why this recipe works?

If you’ve struggled in the past with serving dry and flavorless chicken breasts, then no more!!

Especially if you have bacon lovers in the family!

I can guarantee that this will be a recipe you turn to time and again.

To brine or not to brine?

Admittedly, chicken thighs have always been my favorite part of the bird as far as tenderness and flavor.

However, when you take an extra few minutes to brine the breasts, it’s a complete game-changer!

Now chicken breasts give chicken thighs a run for their money. See what I did there? HaHa!

Why this is a budget-friendly dinner:

Since markets regularly sell boneless skinless chicken breasts in family-sized packages, I recommend purchasing chicken breasts while they’re on sale in the market.

Once home you can divide the breasts into portion-sized packages (re-wrapping them well), and freeze the packages until you’re ready to use.

How to make sweet and smoky bacon-wrapped chicken breasts:

  • In a large bowl, add 3 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 tablespoons sugar and 4 cups of warm water.
  • Add the boneless, skinless chicken breasts to the bowl and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
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  • Remove the chicken breasts from the water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • If the breasts are extremely large, cut them in half lengthwise. If they’re relatively normal in size, leave them whole.
  • Sprinkle the dry breasts with 1 smoked paprika, additional kosher salt, and black pepper and rub the spices into the meat.
  • Wrap 1 – 2 slices of thick-cut bacon around each seasoned chicken breast.
  • Place the bacon-wrapped chicken on a baking sheet (bacon cut side down) and roast in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and brush each breast with pure maple syrup.
  • Return the chicken back to the oven for an additional 15 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and reads 165-degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.
A vertical closeup title text image of smoky sweet bacon wrapped chicken breasts on a blue plate with parsley.

Can these bacon-wrapped chicken breasts be frozen after cooking?

Yes!

Wrap and store them well in freezer-tight containers and these cooked breasts can be frozen for up to 3 months.

To heat after freezing, thaw them completely. Add the breasts to a covered dish and reheat in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes OR microwave them individually on medium-high power until hot.

For more family-friendly chicken dinner recipes, please click on the following titles:

*Blueberry Chili Chicken Skillet Dinner (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

Skillet Blueberry BBQ Sauce Chicken is beautifully browned chicken breast which simmers to a tender finish in an easy to make zippy blueberry-chile BBQ sauce.

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*Rustic Balsamic Roasted Chicken (not shown) from Honest and Tasty

*Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“When you need to feed a crowd with something that’s delicious, and completely stress-free, Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are just the ticket.”

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*Chicken with Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Sauce (not shown) from Taste and See

*Fast and Easy Chicken Beer Bake with Almonds (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“Chicken Beer Bake with Almonds makes quick work of weeknight dinners. Moist and meaty chicken breasts bake in a mildly flavored beer sauce and then are topped with crunchy almonds.”

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*Smoky Sweet Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breast (pictured below) This is the place!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy dinner recipe for sweet and smoky bacon-wrapped chicken breasts.

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Smoky Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts
Smoky Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
This recipe for Smoky Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast will soon become a family favorite. One bite, and you’ll understand why.
Course: chicken, Main Course
Keyword: bacon wrapped chicken breasts,, brined chicken breast, easy family dinner, maple bacon chicken breast, sweet and smoky chicken breasts
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 340 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 6 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ pound thickly sliced bacon
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, dissolve 3 tablespoons kosher salt, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in the warm water.

    Add the chicken breasts to the bowl and allow the breasts to brine for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove the chicken from the water and pat the breasts dry with paper towel. Discard the water.
  4. If the chicken breasts are really large, cut in half.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  6. Rub the seasoning mix all over the brined chicken.

  7. Wrap each seasoned chicken breast with 1-2 slices of bacon.
  8. Place the bacon wrapped chicken on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the chicken from the oven and brush each bacon wrapped chicken breast with maple syrup.
  10. Return the chicken to the oven and continue cooking an additional 15 minutes, or until the center of the chicken breasts are no longer pink, and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment:

large bowl, small bowl, measuring cups, measuring spoons, pastry brush (for maple syrup), paper towels, baking sheet, chef’s knife, aluminum foil (for easier cleanup, optional), non-stick cooking spray (optional)

Nutrition Facts
Smoky Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast
Amount Per Serving (1 breast)
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 4267mg186%
Potassium 531mg15%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 212IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    What a great idea to mix up dinner with plain chicken breasts. My mouth is watering!

  2. 5 stars
    This looks ah-mazing! I can already tell there will be zero leftovers of this dish! Yum!

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