This bacon wrapped chicken is chicken breasts seasoned with brown sugar and spices, then wrapped in bacon and baked until caramelized. An easy chicken dinner with only 10 minutes of prep time.

Bacon wrapped chicken breast looks so impressive, but requires very little effort. It’s great for a casual family dinner, yet looks fancy enough for company. It’s one of my favorite chicken dishes along with chicken adobo and rosemary chicken.

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Bacon wrapped chicken breast with sauce in a skillet.

I have a household full of bacon and chicken lovers. We eat chicken dinners often and this  chicken is one of our favorite dishes to have in the dinner rotation. It only takes minutes to prep, then simply bake your chicken to crispy golden brown perfection and enjoy!

This chicken goes great with sides like crispy brussels sprouts, smashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots. Add a couple of sides and make a great meal!

HOW DO YOU MAKE BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN?

The best part of this baked bacon wrapped chicken is the seasoning. Brown sugar and a variety of spices are mixed together in a bowl and rubbed on the chicken before it’s wrapped in bacon and baked in the oven. It’s an extremely fast dinner to prepare and it will be eaten just as quickly.

Chicken breasts coated in brown sugar and spices.

Any type of chicken is fine for this recipe, such as thighs or drumsticks instead of breasts. It’s important to note that no matter the chicken you choose, be sure that each piece is roughly the same size so it will cook evenly. You’ll want to avoid using a thick cut bacon for this recipe as it will take much longer to cook.

Chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, then coated in brown sugar and spices.

If you like your bacon crispy like I do, it’s fine to broil your chicken for about 2-3 minutes at the end of the cooking time. Watch closely though; the sauce has sugar in it and will burn quickly if left to broil for too long. It’s worth the extra effort since the crispy bacon, in my opinion, adds the perfect texture to the dish.

A pan of bacon wrapped chicken baked to golden brown and topped with parsley.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN CHICKEN IS DONE?

The best way to tell if you chicken is cooked is by slicing it open. If it’s white all the way to the middle, then it’s done. However, if you don’t want to slice into your chicken before you serve it, a meat thermometer comes in quite handy. Stick the thermometer through the middle of the chicken, stopping about midway through. The safe temperature you’re looking for is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit or 75 degrees Celsius.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COOK BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN?

This chicken recipe calls for up to 30 minutes of baking time. Since all ovens aren’t created equally, the times for baking can vary greatly. Some wrapped chicken recipes can take as long as 40 minutes to bake. It also depends on the thickness of your chicken breasts. Larger, thicker breasts will take longer to cook. This recipe assumes an average sized chicken breast of 4-5 ounces.

Bacon wrapped chicken served over mashed potatoes with broccoli on the side.

We love to serve our bacon wrapped chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli. However, it goes great with a lot of other side options.

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
Bacon wrapped chicken breast with sauce in a skillet.
This bacon wrapped chicken is chicken breasts seasoned with brown sugar and spices, then wrapped in bacon and baked until caramelized. An easy chicken dinner with only 10 minutes of prep time.
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 8 slices bacon do not use thick cut
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Rub half of the spice mixture all over the chicken breasts.
  • Wrap each chicken breast in 2 slices of bacon. Place the chicken breasts, seam side down in a baking pan or ovenproof skillet.
  • Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture over the top of the chicken.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bacon is crisp and chicken is cooked through, basting the chicken occasionally with the pan drippings. 
  • If you prefer extra crispy bacon, broil for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 549mg | Potassium: 964mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely WOW! Highly recommend this delicious recipe – served it as the mains dish for a houseful of dinner visitors and everyone raved over it!! I’ll be making it again very soon!

    1. This recipe works best with regular cut bacon, because the thick cut bacon takes longer to cook and may not be crispy by the time the chicken is cooked through. You can use the thick cut bacon, but you may need to increase the cooking time.

  2. 5 stars
    This has been a family favourite for a while. Tonight I tried it in the air fryer for the first time and it was perfect, in case anyone wants to try this method. I did cut the chicken breasts I half.

  3. 5 stars
    Such an easy and delicious recipe. My partner absolutely loves this. The seasoning is perfect and chicken/bacon tastes incredible.

  4. I love this recipe but trying to figure out for the first time if I can season and bacon wrap them hours ahead of time and refrigerate so that when Iโ€™m ready to cook them I just add them to oven. Do you advise against that for any reason? Will it dry out the chicken you think?

    1. I have one person in the family who hates chicken. I tried this recipe and the whole family, including him, loved it! Will be using this recipe again ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this as a quick dinner for my husband to eat at work. Itโ€™s fabulous! I broke down the breasts so they were thinner, so they cooked faster. Only 20 minutes, including the broil! Youโ€™re definitely right about cooking them on a rack. The juices and fat wash off all the seasoning on the bottom of the chicken. This recipe is definitely a keeper!! Fast, tasty, and cheap! Triple threat! Lol

    1. I cannot find any comment about using a rack. Are you suggesting it is better to use it or not to use it? I am a little confused and i’m hoping to make it for dinner tonight. Thanks!

      1. I typically don’t use a rack. The bacon on the bottom of the chicken ends up being softer. If you want a crispy bottom to your chicken then use a rack!

    1. I probably wouldn’t grill this recipe, the bacon might burn with the brown sugar mixture on it from the direct heat, and the grease could drip into the grill and cause flare ups! If you did grill it I’d use chicken tenders or thin cut chicken breasts to cut the cooking time down to try and prevent these issues. I’d say about 15-20 minutes for chicken tenders or thin cut chicken breasts.