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Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts

Four-ingredient entrees like these Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts just don’t come any easier or lip smackin’ good. In this recipe boneless chicken breasts are dry rubbed with barbecue seasoning, then wrapped with bacon slices and brushed with barbecue sauce. The chicken is baked until tender and juicy on the inside and charred on the outside with the only thing left to do is devour.

Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts

Easy Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts Recipe

We love our barbecue here in North Carolina. We’re most famous for pork barbecue, but we tend to love all kinds of barbecue equally. In the Eastern parts of the state you’ll see barbecue served most often with a tangy sometimes spicy, vinegar based sauce. In the Western parts of North Carolina, barbecue is most often served dressed with a sweet tomato based sauce. I enjoy both but tend toward a sweeter sauce, personally. That’s typically what it comes down to with both seasonings and sauces, you can eat barbecue the way it suits you most. How to make Easy Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts: (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • Prepare the Pan – Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a broiler pan or oven safe grill pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Season Chicken – Rub the chicken breasts on all sides with the barbecue seasoning.
  • Wrap Bacon – Wrap each chicken breast with 2 slices of bacon. Place seam side down on the pan.
  • Transfer to the Oven – Bake for 30 minutes at 375°F. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F. Drain bacon fat from the pan, if needed.
  • Barbecue Sauce – Brush the chicken liberally on all sides with barbecue sauce.
  • Finish Baking – Continue to cook an additional 8-10 minutes or until charred and the juices run clear. (You may char further under the broiler for 2 minutes)
  • Remove from the oven and rest for 5-10 minutes then serve.
Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts

How to Make the Best Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts Recipe

There are so many delightful prepared barbecue sauces available on the market it makes easy entrees like these chicken breasts a cinch to make.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts: Boneless skinless chicken breasts, thick cut bacon, barbecue seasoning and barbecue sauce.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: Measuring cups and spoons, grill pan or broiler pan, pastry brush.
  • These chicken breasts can be fully assembled one day in advance and placed into an airtight container chilled in the refrigerator until baking.
  • You may already have a favorite barbecue seasoning that you like to use. If not, no worries there are many readily available on the spice aisle at the grocery store.
  • Season the chicken breasts with a flavorful barbecue seasoning, such as McCormick’s smokehouse maple or similar, then wrap each piece with 2 slices of bacon.
  • Barbecue seasoning will likely have enough sodium in it to season the chicken breasts adequately. The amount can vary from brand to brand so season the chicken with salt and pepper as needed, or to your personal taste.
  • A thicker sauce works best and you can use your favorite ranging from a sweet and spicy flavor or a classic mesquite or hickory barbecue sauce. Go with your favorite.
  • This recipe can easily be scaled up or down depending on your needs.
  • Roast the chicken and brush liberally with your favorite sauce at the end of baking to char and it’s ready to eat in a snap.
  • What to serve with barbecue chicken: Add a side of cole slaw, corn on the cob and baked beans with a slice of cornbread and enjoy a taste of the South in your mouth.
  • Store cooked Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts chilled in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat bacon wrapped chicken under the boiler in the oven or in an air fryer just until heated through.
Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts

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Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Breasts

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Resting time5 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: bacon-wrapped-barbecue-chicken-breasts
Servings: 4 pieces
Calories: 696kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • 4 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp barbecue seasoning plus additional as needed (i.e. Smokehouse Maple, Barbecue Magic or similar)
  • 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce
  • 8 slices bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a broiler pan or oven safe grill pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Rub the chicken breasts on all sides with the barbecue seasoning.
  • Wrap each chicken breast with 2 slices of bacon. Place seam side down on the pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 375°F. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F. Drain bacon fat from the pan if needed. Brush the chicken liberally on all sides with barbecue sauce.
  • Continue to cook an additional 8-10 minutes or until charred and the juices run clear. (You can char further under the broiler for 2 minutes)
  • Remove from the oven and rest for 5-10 minutes then serve.

Notes

  • Barbecue seasoning will likely have enough sodium in it to season the chicken breasts adequately. The amount can vary from brand to brand so season the chicken with salt and pepper as needed, or to your personal taste.
  • A thicker sauce works best and you can use your favorite ranging from a sweet and spicy flavor or a classic mesquite or hickory barbecue sauce. Go with your favorite.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 696kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 1915mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 371IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 3mg
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15 Comments

  1. Great recipe tried it today and the aroma is beautiful. I followed every direction and even made my own bbq sauce to give it the true at home feeling. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Fantastic chicken! Smelled amazing while baking. The first time I made it it tenderized the chicken put cheese in the middle and rolled it up. It was great! We are having it tonight for the second time.

  3. I just made this and it turned out awesome! Like BBQ chicken pizza without the crust…and cheese. lol The chicken was so juicy! I followed the recipe exactly; I’d recommend broiling it for a minute or two at the end if you like the bbq sauce and bacon a little more”done”. Will definitely make again!

    1. Great question I think it probably could. In that case I might suggest that you secure the bacon somehow using skewers and then char the barbecue sauce at the end.

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