Saturday, October 22, 2011

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

I still stand by the saying that bacon makes everything better.  I made these as a snack last night while we were watching a movie and they were delicious.  They would also be fabulous as a party appetizer.  I used Trader Joe's Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon and it's my favorite so far.  I wrapped half slices over a chunk of chicken and snuck in a little slice of fresh jalapenos in each one.  A little spicy.  Very meaty.  The perfect bite.

Crispy on the outside; juicy on the inside
1 large chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2" squares (mine resulted in 10 pieces)
5 slices of bacon cut in half (I used Trader Joe's Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon with no preservatives)
1 jalapeno, cut into thin slices
some season salt or your favorite grill seasoning

1. Sprinkle seasoning of your choice over chicken.
A plateful of these are surely a crowd pleaser
2. Take a piece of chicken, top it with a jalapeno slice, then wrap it in bacon securing with a toothpick.  Repeat for each of the chicken pieces.
3. Heat a skillet over medium high heat (or use a grill pan).  Add the chicken bites and cook until crispy on one side the flip and cook the other side (remove some of the grease if needed).  When both sides are crispy and the chicken is cooked through they are done.  Serve hot.
Note:  I tried to use a George Foreman grill for this (yes, that dusty thing in the back of your cupboard:  you know you have one) and it did NOT work.  It left the bacon soggy and I had to fry it up in a pan.  If your chicken isn't cooking fast enough, cover it with a lid to let it steam a little bit.

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