Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Chicken

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”.

bacon wrapped bbq chicken breast sliced on cutting board

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.
chicken, bbq sauce and bacon on a table

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.

pile of bacon wrapped bbq chicken on cutting board

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.

slice of bacon wrapped bbq chicken with a fork

Side Dishes for BBQ Chicken

Here are a few favorite sides dishes to put with this chicken.

pile of bacon wrapped bbq chicken on cutting board
pile of bacon wrapped bbq chicken on cutting board

Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Chicken

4.5 from 2 votes
Grilled chicken marinated in barbecue sauce and wrapped in savory bacon. Fits paleo, gluten free and sugar free diets.
Servings 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 8 hours
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce (divided)
  • 12 slices bacon

Instructions
 

  • Trim the chicken breasts and place them in a zippered bag with 1 ½ 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.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 6. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**
 
This recipe can fit paleo, sugar free and gluten free diets! Just be sure the barbecue sauce and bacon you choose doesn’t have unwanted ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1401mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Calories 476
Keyword easy chicken recipe, grilling recipes

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.

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  1. Did I miss this? I must have been in a coma! This looks and sounds delicious. I could do this tonight. It is almost 75 degrees outside! You have the best chicken recipes.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Linda

    1. I’m so jealous you have 75 degrees! We have a good layer of ice out tonight. This chicken is the best! The kids request it often!

  2. OOoooh now this looks like some perfect grilled chicken!!! I would definitely love it on top of a salad….the best meal ever!

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