Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken – this chicken is AMAZING!!! Only 4 ingredients! Chicken tenders seasoned with BBQ seasoning and wrapped in bacon. Throw on the #grill and baste in your favorite BBQ sauce!  Can make in advance and refrigerate overnight or freeze for later. Great for lunch, dinner, and tailgating! 

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Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Stop what you are doing and add this Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken to your menu ASAP! OMG! SO good! We ate this for lunch and leftovers for dinner on the same day. It was that good! Chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with BBQ sauce – YUM! These would be perfect for tailgating in a few weeks! You can assemble the chicken and throw it in the cooler. Once you are in the parking lot, fire up the grill and enjoy! Feel free to dip these Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders in some additional BBQ sauce or ranch dressing.

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How to Make Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

This Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken is very easy to make. Simply season the chicken tenders with some BBQ seasoning and then wrap each tender with a slice of bacon. You may need to secure the bacon with a toothpick. Once the bacon is crispy and the chicken is done, brush the chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce. Easy peasy!

I used chicken tenderloins. You can also cut a chicken breast into strips. I suggest using regular cut bacon and not thick-cut bacon. The regular cut bacon will cook quicker.

My favorite bottled BBQ sauces are Williamson Brothers BBQ Sauce, Stubbs BBQ Sauce, and Sweet Baby Ray’s. For the BBQ seasoning, you can use store-bought or homemade. Here is the link to my homemade BBQ seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/bbq-seasoning/

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How to Grill Chicken on the Grill

We grill on charcoal. I highly suggest using a Charcoal Chimney Starter instead of lighter fluid when grilling on charcoal. It makes a HUGE difference in the flavor of the food! Here is a tutorial with video on how to use a charcoal starter: https://www.plainchicken.com/grilling-101-how-to-use-charcoal-starter/

When grilling this chicken you are going to want to rotate the chicken tenders often to avoid burning. As the bacon cooks, the grease will cause some flare-ups. Once the bacon has cooked down, there won’t be any flare-ups. Brush the chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce during the last 2 or 3 minutes of cooking. It took about 10 minutes for the chicken to reach an internal temperature of 165ºF.

How to Make Grilled Chicken Without a Grill

You can still make this Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken if you don’t have a grill. Prepare the chicken as directed and then bake on a rimmed baking sheet with foil and top with a cooking rack at 375ºF for about 20 minutes. Brush with BBQ sauce on both sides during the last few minutes.

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What to Serve with BBQ Chicken

This chicken was a huge hit at our house. We both absolutely LOVE this chicken. It is great for tailgating, lunch, and dinner. You can serve these as an appetizer or main dish. I love how easy these are to make and that you can make them ahead of time and refrigerate overnight or freeze for later. Add these to your menu. I promise they will become a family favorite!

This chicken is really versatile. It goes with just about anything – mac & cheese, potato casserole, baked beans, rice, green beans, asparagus. Here are a few of our favorite side dishes that go great with these Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken Tenders:

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Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Grilled Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken – this chicken is AMAZING!!! Only 4 ingredients! Chicken tenders seasoned with BBQ seasoning and wrapped in #bacon. Throw on the grill and baste in your favorite BBQ sauce! Can make in advance and refrigerate overnight or freeze for later. Great for lunch, dinner, and tailgating! #recipe #grilling #appetizer #cookout

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb fresh chicken tenderloins, approximately 14 tenderloins
  • 2 Tbsp BBQ seasoning
  • 14 slices of uncooked bacon, 1 slice for each tenderloin
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce

Instructions:

  • Sprinkle both sides of chicken tenderloins with BBQ seasoning.
  • Wrap each tenderloin with one slice of bacon. Secure bacon with toothpicks if necessary.
  • Prepare grill. Cook chicken until bacon is crisp and chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF; approximately 10 minutes.
  • Brush chicken on both sides with BBQ sauce. Remove from grill.

Notes:

Can assemble the chicken and refrigerate overnight or freeze for later. If grilling from frozen, thaw completely and cook as directed above.
To cook chicken in the oven – prepare as directed above. Bake chicken on a rimmed baking sheet with foil and top with a cooking rack at 375ºF for about 20 minutes. Brush with BBQ sauce on both sides during the last few minutes.
Can use store-bought or homemade BBQ seasoning https://www.plainchicken.com/2013/05/bbq-seasoning.html
Can substitute chicken breasts for tenders. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Steph

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