Thursday, October 15, 2009

Spicy Sweet Bacon Chicken Breasts

Boneless, skinless or bone-in chicken breasts, simply seasoned, wrapped in bacon and rubbed with brown sugar.

Spicy Sweet Bacon Chicken Breasts

This chicken recipe starts with fairly simple seasonings, then the chicken breasts are wrapped with strips of bacon and get this... like you do with candied bacon, you coat the bacon and the chicken with brown sugar! What you end up with is this wonderful, sweet, slightly caramelized coating.

Y'all know that I'm not the biggest fan of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but as I've mentioned many times, they are on sale all the time so of course I buy them like anybody else. The chicken breasts I used here were the bagged, IQF (individually quick frozen) boneless, skinless breasts that were on a bogo sale at Winn Dixie. I find these IQF bags are generally more of what I would call "normal" sized chicken breasts, than the huge, blown up breasts commonly found in the meat department at the markets these days. I suggest that you split those larger breasts in half lengthwise.

Also remember, as always with boneless, skinless breasts, though the cooking time here is a good guideline, everybody's oven cooks differently and actual time will depend on the size of the breast you are using, so take care not to overcook them. Surely there is nothing worse than rubbery chicken, dry, tasteless breasts for dinner! The breasts pictured were ready at about 25 minutes.

I have also used bone-in breasts, which work well and only need a tad bit more time.  Generally a light pierce of the chicken with the tip of a knife that shows juices running clear, will let you know that it's done, but you can also check with an instant read thermometer for an internal temperature of 165 degrees F to be sure. Here's how to make it.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil for easier cleanup, if desired.

Combine salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and Creole/Cajun seasoning. Use a meat tenderizer if desired and flatten breasts to an even thickness.


Sprinkle seasoning on both sides of chicken and wrap each piece with slices of bacon.


Roll each piece in the brown sugar.


Place into the pan, with the seam of the bacon down, securing with toothpicks, if preferred. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the bacon is browned, chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and juices run clear when pierced. Plate and spoon pan drippings over each serving.


Spoon a little bit of the pan sauce over the chicken when you plate it. Just heaven. Serve this with a mixed garden salad and green veggie.


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Recipe: Spicy Sweet Bacon Chicken Breasts

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 30 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama)
  • 4 to 6 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil for easier cleanup. Use a meat tenderizer if desired and flatten breasts to an even thickness.

Combine salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and Creole/Cajun seasoning. Sprinkle seasoning on both sides of chicken and wrap each piece with slices of bacon. Roll chicken in the brown sugar and place into the pan, ends facing down, securing with toothpicks, if preferred.

Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on size of breasts, or until the bacon is browned, chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and juices run clear when pierced. Quickly pass under the broiler if you want to crisp up the bacon more. Plate and spoon pan drippings over each serving.

Cook's Note: For bone-in breasts, increase time by about 10 minutes, depending on size.

Variation: Flatten and stuff breasts with my chicken popper filling (click link for the recipe) or your own favorite prepared stuffing, cheeses and/or veggies like spinach or chopped, cooked broccoli or mushrooms, roll up, and wrap with bacon.

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23 comments:

  1. You had me at "bacon" and "chicken." Need we say more!?!*grin*

    ~Mrs. M

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  2. This sounds so good. I am definitely going to make this and soon! Thank you for your hard work in giving all your readers such great ideas.

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  3. I love every ingredient in this dish! Yummmmmmm.

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  4. When I made this the other night it was unbelievable! But, I may have to pick up some of your fave cajun seasoning before I cook this again! That sounds great. Glad I sent you the link and you enjoyed it!

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  5. Oh man! This sounds SOOOO good!!! I'll definitely have to try it some time!!

    Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day!! =)

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  6. Umm...yes please! Looks amazing!

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  7. Holy lord, does this ever sound delicious!!! Bookmarked!

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  8. Popped in from Donna's to say hi! These chicken breasts look wonderful! I must try them!

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  9. This is a winner for sure, Mary! I love bacon and chicken together, actually anything with bacon is great! I'm going to this next week for a quick supper..thanks.

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  10. Sound delicious. Welcome to the foodie blog roll. Thanks for the recipe.
    Mimi

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  11. Anything with bacon just brings a dish to a new level. This really looks good. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Lawsy mercy, bacon, brown sugar and all that other stuff. It had to be delicious. You have a really great blog.
    Happy Twirls
    Stop by and see us, we have a French Glass Wine Set GIVEAWAY on Halloween

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  13. yuuuuuuuuuuuum!!! i love bacon! here from sits saying hi!

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  14. Hey Mary, I can always count on you for a nice, fattening dish with a wonderful southern twist. This looks awesome.

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  15. Hey.. you may know me.. I used to live with you.. almost stepmom! . lol! I am goin to make this tonight! I am glad you do this cookbook stuff! I am proud of ya. . Good ole southern cooking is the best! lol .. I'll let you know how everything goes

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  16. I made this recipe with boneless, skinless breast and left the spicy seasoning off the ones for my kids. This was a huge hit! Kerri W

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  17. Thanks so much Kerri - and thanks especially for taking the time to come back and comment!!

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  18. I made this with boneless chicken thighs and stuffed it with a pickle wedge before wrapping the bacon. Yuuuum!

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    1. Now that is interesting David!! Sounds good to me. I've been on a pickle roll here lately. I've always loved pickles but for some reason I've been craving kosher dills like a crazy woman here lately LOL!!

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  19. Am remiss for not writing sooner: tried this about 3 weeks ago with boneless breasts, making enough to take to my parents. My leftovers snubbing family fought over the leftovers for lunch the next day!
    When asked when I would make it again, I said, "not for a while. I'm cooking my way through the DeepSouthDish website!" That got me a thumbs up!

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  20. Made these today for lunch with a honey mustard dipping sauce. They were excellent and so easy!!! thank you!

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