Bacon Chicken Bites

Over the weekend I discovered a website devoted to top 10 lists. This does not bode well for my level of productivity. One of the lists I read was best food combinations, and as I read it to Mark, he decided to make his own list – of the top 10 ways bacon is combined with other foods.

He didn’t actually come up with ten, but he gave it a good try. The bacon combo that I suggested (after he listed the obvious bacon and hamburger, bacon and shrimp, and bacon and eggs) was bacon, brown sugar and anything.

Case in point? Bacon-wrapped chicken bites, a tasty little snack I saw on Foley’s Follies. I made these a few weeks ago when we had friends over for dinner, and they were a hit. They were messy, but a hit. A messy hit.

Bacon Chicken Bites

1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
1 lb. bacon
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces, and cut bacon strips into thirds. Wrap chicken with bacon and place, seamside down, on baking sheet. (Cover that baking sheet with foil if you want a less messy situation.) Mix brown sugar and chili powder, then cover bacon pieces. Bake for 20-30 minutes (however long it takes for bacon to crisp up).

I would suggest serving with toothpicks. But that’s because I’m fussy and don’t like a mess. You can also use more chili powder. The original recipe called for two tablespoons. I’m just not that brave.

So, tell me. How do you feel about messy food?

This post will be linked to Mouthwatering Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, 33 Shades of Green and Foodie Friday. It will also be linked to Ingredient Spotlight at Eat at Home.

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