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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders

Holy moly! These chicken tenders were super delicious! Chicken wrapped in bacon and smothered with BBQ and cheese - how could they not be great?!  This was very simple to make. It only took about 20 minutes from start to finish. If you want to save a few minutes, you can season and wrap the chicken with bacon ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it.

I used a mustard BBQ sauce and it was great! It gave it a honey mustard flavor with a kick. If you aren't a fan of the mustard BBQ sauce, you can use your favorite BBQ sauce instead. Whatever sauce you decide on, Chicken Legs highly recommends that you make these tonight.

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders
(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 3 Tbsp BBQ seasoning
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup Carolina mustard BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Season chicken tenders on both sides with BBQ seasoning.  Wrap each tender with a slice of bacon. You may need to secure the ends with a toothpick.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tenders and cook until bacon is crisp, about 5-6 minutes. Flip over and cook an additional 5-6 minutes.  Remove chicken tenders from pan. Drain fat. Return chicken to pan and top each tender with 1 Tbsp of BBQ sauce. Sprinkle cheese over tenders. Cover and cook on low until cheese is melted.

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  1. Made these tonight. They were awesome and all 4 of my small kids approved! Win!

  2. Love mustard based BBQ sauces on pork and chicken. Great recipe here, Steph!

  3. Are these raw chicken tenders? Cooked for 5-6 minutes each side?

  4. Michaela - yes, use uncooked chicken tenders in this recipe. Enjoy!

  5. This was so good! I can't wait to make it again.

  6. These were so good! I did par-cook the bacon in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees only because I was concerned the bacon wouldn't cook all the way through in the time the tenders cooked. I also used a shredded Mexican cheese blend only because it's what I already had. Super delicious! The Carolina-style BBQ sauce is a genius touch and really makes the dish so flavorful. Because the tenders I was using were on the smaller side I only used a half piece of bacon on each tender. I used a local BBQ sauce that is all natural and has no HFCS in it and I didn't have any trouble with anything burning because of sugar content. I think this would also translate well to using skinless/boneless breasts or thighs and perhaps finishing them on the grill. This is a recipe my husband and I enjoyed quite a bit and will be going into our monthly menu rotation. Thank you!


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