Does the title of this post include four of your favorite flavors? It does for me! Rahul gets credit for coming up with this amazing party food idea that you MUST try.
Who doesn’t like party food for dinner? We not only had fun eating these, but it was fun putting them together, too. Dinner was on the table in less than half an hour, which doesn’t happen that often in our house!
These appetizer bites are similar to my bacon and blue cheese jalapeno poppers except I left out the cheese. I thought about adding it in, but you don’t really need cheese here. BBQ sauce provides tangy, sweet and smoky flavors along with the heat of the jalapeno. Even Rahul admitted that cheese wasn’t necessary, and that man practically inhales cheese. I know he’ll read that as a compliment.
If the weather was warmer, we would have put these babies on the grill, but we haven’t dragged it out of the garage and dusted it off yet, nor did we have charcoal. Oh, grilling, just a few more days and we’ll be together again, I promise!
For those who may not like a lot of heat, don’t fret – you can leave the jalapenos out and use a green bell pepper for color and crunch instead. Surprisingly, our jalapenos were not that hot at all. Jalapenos from the grocery store are always bland in comparison to what I would get at the farmers market or what we grew in our backyard. We’ve been thinking about what we want to put in our raised beds this year and we decided to skip the tomatoes and just go with a bunch of peppers. Plus, bunny rabbits and squirrels won’t steal the peppers!
One last tip – please please PLEASE buy the good bacon for this recipe. Cheap bacon is practically all fat and it won’t crisp up, leaving you with soggy chicken bites that nobody wants. Thick cut bacon works well because it can stand up to the heat of the oven without burning to a crisp before the chicken is cooked through.
BBQ Bacon Chicken Jalapeno Bites
Makes 12 – 14 bites
- 1 large boneless chicken breast
- 6-8 slices of thick cut bacon, cut in half
- 4 jalapenos
- Your favorite BBQ sauce (I used Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil and placing a rack on top. To get crispy bacon, you’ll want the grease to drain, hence the need for a rack. Is it essential? No, but you’ll get better results.
Cut the boneless chicken breast into about 12 or 14 pieces, each about 1 1/2 inches. You can make them as large or small as you want.
Slice each jalapeno pepper in half lengthwise, then in half again across the width. Remove the seeds. Place one square of jalapeno pepper on top of each chicken bite. Wrap the bacon around the chicken and secure with a toothpick.
Brush each bacon chicken jalapeno bite with BBQ sauce and place on the baking sheet with the rack. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked to 165 degrees and the bacon has crisped up but isn’t burnt.