Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bacon Loves Chicken

How does Paula Deen improve chicken? She either fries it in oil, smothers in with mayo and/or sour cream or she wraps in with bacon and dunks it in sugar! This recipe for Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps looks as decadent as her Fried Mac & Cheese, sans the frying. I was willing to try it because I like chicken. And from the pic it looks like bacon likes chicken, too, because it's giving each nugget a big ol' hug!

Since the recipe only has 4 ingredients, it was easy to simplify. I swapped turkey bacon for the regular bacon and wanted to try Splenda's Brown Sugar Blend. I've tried one other lower sugar brown sugar creation and wasn't too thrilled with it, but I though this would be fun to try. It's just a blend of brown sugar and Splenda.

Prep was super easy. It took less than 10 minutes. And here's the final product (sorry about the boring preparation, I was sooo excited to taste them, I was eating as I was plating!):

I think they were pretty good. I've never loved the whole sweet-and-salty combination, but I really liked this one. I think it makes a good appetizer, but I don't think I would serve it as my entree.

Do you like sweet and salty foods together??

Here's the nutritional stats. There wasn't too much of a difference. The lighter version is only 20 calories less on only lower in fat by ~1 gram. And it's actually higher in sodium.

Nutritional Information (OLD) Nutritional Information (NEW)
Servings Per Recipe: 12 Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving Amount Per Serving
Calories: 203 Calories: 181
Fat: 7 g Fat: 5.8 g
Sodium: 254 mg Sodium: 393 mg
Fiber: 0.4 g Fiber: 0.4 g

Taste: Seconds, Please! Even Cody said he liked them!

Waist: May Need to Unbutton My Pants; the lightened version wasn't that much of an improvement (only 20 calories!), although it was tasty. I think if I make this again, I'll still use the brown sugar blend because I have a ton of it left, but I'll probably just use real bacon and save this recipe for special occasions and enjoy it in moderation.

Bacon + Chicken 4-eva (aka Bacon Wrapped Chicken)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lb turkey bacon
5 tbsp + 1 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
2 tbsp chili powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Cut each turkey bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Stir together the brown sugar blend and chili powder. Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture. Coat a rack and broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken wraps on rack in broiler pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until done.


  1. Sweet + salty rule! One of my favorites is kettle corn.

  2. They look good enough to eat. What about using them for an appetizer on Thanksgiving?

  3. Oh Paula...she never lets us down. And I also have a thing for the sweet and salty combination. I would be mighty tempted by a plate of these babies!

  4. Ooh, I love sweet and salty combinations! This would definitely be a great appetizer. But then, most things wrapped in bacon are :)