My daughter is turning 12 soon. She’s just like me as a child in that she starts planning her birthday months in advance…. possible theme, cake flavor, birthday dinner, etc. I give my kids the option of either going out to eat or having Mom cook whatever favorite dish they want. This year she’s decided she wants her favorite food of all… bacon. My response to this request was, “Bacon and what? It’s not really a meal by itself.” That’s actually not true, in my opinion, but she doesn’t need to know that. So she decided on this bacon-wrapped chicken dish and mashed potatoes as the side. No other veggies because she “doesn’t have to eat veggies on her birthday.” You got it, Sweetie!
This is no ordinary baked chicken. Dredged in a spiced brown sugar mixture and wrapped in bacon, it’s birthday-dinner worthy! ~Erin
- 1 ½ to 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts; about 3 large breasts cut into 6 chunks each for a total of 18
- 9 slices center-cut bacon, halved
- ½ c. packed brown sugar
- 1 ½ T. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 375°F (If using an air fryer, no need to preheat).
Line a sheet pan with foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
In a gallon zipper baggie, mix spices together with brown sugar until well-combined. Place chicken pieces in the baggie, seal and shake to coat.
Take the chicken pieces out and wrap each piece in a half slice of bacon; place on the wire rack or in the basket of an air fryer. Do not crowd together. Drizzle any remaining spiced brown sugar mixture left in the baggie evenly over the chicken.
Bake in the oven 30 minutes, or until bacon is crispy; or bake in the air fryer at 330° for 13-14 minutes.
WW Freestyle Info.: This makes 18 bacon-wrapped chicken pieces. Each piece is 2 SmartPoints.