Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Chicken: Grilled chicken marinated in barbecue sauce and wrapped in savory bacon. Fits paleo, gluten free and sugar free diets.
I haven’t posted a real meal in a long time, because we’ve been focused on all the comforting desserts. I don’t usually go crazy for main dishes, but it turns out that this Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Chicken is really good.
What I love about this dinner is that it can fit paleo, gluten free and even keto diets depending on the bacon and bbq sauce you use. I really couldn’t tell this delicious chicken was “healthy”.
What you’ll love about this recipe:
- Prep the night before (or the morning you want to make it) for a quick dinner recipe!
- Only 3 ingredients.
- Delicious with a side of potatoes or traditional picnic sides.
- Slice up leftovers and serve over salad for an easy lunch.
What barbecue sauce should I use?
There are several options for barbecue sauce.
- Choose your favorite store bought sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s never fails).
- Make a delicious homemade bbq sauce.
- If you’re looking for a paleo or Whole30 option, try the barbecue sauce we used for the Sugar Free Homemade Barbecued Pulled Pork. If you are use this sauce, simmer the sauce on the stove for 45 minutes so that the flavors blend.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken
- Marinate the chicken in the barbecue sauce for 8 hours or overnight. Before grilling, wrap each piece of chicken with two slices of bacon, securing with toothpicks.
- Place chicken on preheated grill and cook for about 10 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is no longer pink (165º Fahrenheit internal temperature).
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Remember to take out the toothpicks before serving them to guests or family or friends. It wouldn’t be pretty if you took a bite of toothpick.
Does chicken wrapped in bacon stay pink?
The best way to tell chicken is done is to use an internal probe thermometer. If it reads 165º Fahrenheit, the chicken is done. Sometimes when you cook bacon and chicken together, the nitrites from the bacon can cause the chicken to appear pink. As long as the chicken tests done temperature wise, you’ll be ok.
Side Dishes for BBQ Chicken
Here are a few favorite sides dishes to put with this chicken.
Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Chicken
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups barbecue sauce (divided)
- 12 slices bacon
- Trim the chicken breasts and place them in a zippered bag with 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce.
- Place the sealed bag in the refrigerator and marinate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Before grilling, wrap each piece of chicken with two slices of bacon, securing with toothpicks.
- Place chicken on preheated grill and cook for about 10 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is no longer pink (165º Fahrenheit internal temperature). During the last few minutes of cooking, brush with extra barbecue sauce.
- Serve warm.
This recipe fits paleo, sugar free and gluten free diets! Just be sure the barbecue sauce and bacon you choose doesn’t have unwanted ingredients.
Other Chicken Dinner Recipes
Try one of these chicken dinner ideas!