This bacon-wrapped chicken is the perfect lunch or dinner recipe to impress your guests. The combination of sweet maple syrup and savory bacon wrapped around juicy chicken breasts is sure to leave your mouth watering - and it's super easy to prepare!
🌟 Why this recipe works
This bacon-wrapped chicken recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves flavorful and juicy meals. The combination of sweet maple syrup with savory, crispy bacon creates an amazing flavor contrast that can't be beat. The result is a tender, juicy chicken dish that will have your guests raving.
Plus, this recipe only requires 10 minutes of prep time, so it's perfect for those busy weeknights when you're short on time. It's also a great choice for entertaining since it looks impressive but is quick and easy to make.
The bacon-wrapped chicken breast recipe also comes with cubed potatoes and green beans to absorb some of the delicious juices from the bacon and chicken while also acting as a side dish for the flavorful chicken breasts.
However, the star of the show is definitely the chicken wrapped in bacon. The melted butter, olive oil, and maple syrup create a delicious glaze that helps to caramelize the bacon and create a sweet and savory flavor.
No matter who you have coming for dinner, they're gonna love this chicken breast recipe! And if you want more flavorful chicken recipes, check out our Longhorn parmesan crusted chicken, and baked pesto chicken.
🍽 Key Ingredients
This easy chicken dinner includes the following key ingredients to make a delicious bacon-wrapped chicken dish:
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts - These provide the main source of protein for this recipe and can be either frozen or fresh.
Potatoes and green beans - The potatoes and green beans provide a tasty side dish that will absorb all of the amazing flavors from the bacon and chicken.
Bacon - Smoked bacon strips wrapped around the chicken breasts help to lock in the juices and add a delicious flavor contrast.
Butter, olive oil, and maple syrup - These ingredients help to create a flavorful glaze that adds an extra layer of sweetness and savoriness to the dish.
Seasoning - Salt, black pepper, minced onions, and thyme add a kick of flavor to the dish, making it even more flavorful and delicious.
If you're looking to switch up the ingredients, here are some easy substitutions that work well with this recipe:
Boneless, skinless chicken breast
If you don't have chicken breasts on hand, chicken thighs also work well in this recipe.
Potatoes and green beans
Feel free to swap out the potatoes and green beans for other vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots.
Turkey bacon or vegetarian bacon can also be used as an alternative.
If you don't have maple syrup on hand, you can use honey or brown sugar as a substitute.
🔪 How to make
This maple bacon-wrapped chicken dish is surprisingly easy to make and takes just a few minutes of preparation. With its sweet and smoky flavors, it's sure to be a winner with your friends and family! Follow these simple steps to get complete this delicious dish.
- Wash and clean the chicken breasts.
- Cut the potatoes into cubes.
- Wash and trim the ends of the green beans.
Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
Place the greens beans in the bottom of a casserole or baking dish and the potatoes on top.
Place 3 or 4 bacon strips in a row on a cutting board and place a chicken breast in the middle. Fold the ends of the bacon strips into the center of the chicken breast and turn the breast over so it's seam side down.
Continue this step with the remaining chicken breasts and place them on top of the potatoes seam side down.
Melt the butter with the olive oil in a small bowl and drizzle over the chicken, potatoes, and green beans.
Season with kosher salt, cracked black pepper, minced onions, and thyme.
Slowly pour the maple syrup over the entire dish and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour until the potatoes are soft, the chicken is cooked to 165F, and the bacon crispy.
Serve and enjoy!
💭 Cooking tips
To ensure that the chicken stays juicy, make sure to wrap the bacon strips tightly around the chicken breasts. This will help lock in all of the flavors and keep the chicken from drying out.
1-inch cubed potatoes
To speed up the cooking time, you can also cut the potatoes into smaller pieces. This will shorten the amount of time needed for them to become tender.
If you want a crispier bacon topping, you can pop the dish under the broiler for a few minutes at the end of cooking.
Don't use thick-cut bacon
Thick bacon takes much longer to get crispy than regular-cut bacon strips. So if you want your bacon nice and crispy, choose regular-cut bacon for this recipe!
📖 Recipe Variations
This delicious bacon-wrapped chicken dish can be easily customized to suit your taste. Here are a few variations to try:
Cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped chicken
Try stuffing the chicken breasts with cheese before wrapping them in bacon for an extra cheesy flavor.
Brown sugar bacon-wrapped chicken
Swap the onion and thyme seasoning for a brown sugar mixture to add extra sweetness and caramelize the chicken and bacon. Mix ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, and ½ teaspoon black pepper together and rub it over the chicken.
Wrap the chicken in bacon and sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture on top before baking with the maple syrup.
Ranch-style bacon-wrapped chicken
Swap the onion and thyme seasoning for ranch seasoning. Mix ½ cup of dry ranch dressing mix, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon dried parsley together and rub it over the chicken.
🥗 What to serve with
The bacon-wrapped chicken breasts come with tender potatoes and green beans, which is a complete meal on its own. But if you're looking to add a side dish or two, here are some of our favorite pairings for this recipe.
Cauliflower mash - Think of mashed potato but with cauliflower, butter, and garlic. It's creamier than mashed potato and tastier!
Cauliflower stuffing - This tasty side dish is perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner. Use your favorite herbs and spices to give it an extra kick!
Cauliflower steak with bacon & cheese sauce - A tasty combination of pan-fried cauliflower steaks with smoky bacon bits in a creamy cheese sauce.
Cilantro lime cauliflower rice - A light and refreshing alternative to white rice, this flavorful dish is full of zesty lime, cilantro, cumin, and garlic.
Air fryer whole roasted cauliflower - If you have an air fryer, you'll love this roasted cauliflower recipe. It's simple, quick, and requires a few pantry spices to add flavor to the cauliflower.
Cheesy cauliflower casserole - This is my go-to side dish to pair with chicken! The combination of 4 types of cheeses, cream, chicken broth, bacon, green onions, cauliflower rice, and spices baked in the oven until golden melted cheese perfection is simply irresistible.
The casserole is made with shredded chicken, but you can make it without to serve with the bacon-wrapped chicken.
Green beans with ham - It's simple but still tasty! This 15-minute recipe is more flavorful than it sounds. Crispy cubed ham sautéed with tender spiced green beans makes for a great side dish.
Longhorn brussels sprouts - If you've heard of Longhorn's famous brussels before, you'll be pleased to know that it is very easy to replicate. With just a few sweet and savory spices and a bag of sprouts, you can have a tasty side dish for your chicken that will WOW your guests!
Sauteed asparagus - Asparagus is one of the most popular side dishes for chicken. This easy sautéed asparagus recipe is a classic that pairs perfectly with the maple bacon-wrapped chicken.
🙋 Frequently asked questions
Why is my bacon not crispy?
If your bacon is not as crispy as you like after being cooked for an hour at 400F, turn the oven to broil for 4 to 5 minutes. And if you have used thick bacon instead of regular bacon, it will need more time in the oven to get crispy.
Can I make this recipe in the air fryer?
Yes, this recipe can be made in an air fryer. You can make bacon-wrapped chicken as instructed and cook it in the air fryer for 8-12 mins at high temperature without the potatoes or green beans.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ reheating
Leftover bacon-wrapped chicken breasts are great for storing and reheating for another tasty meal to enjoy.
Fridge - Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezer - Place them in a freezer-safe container and freeze them for up to 3 months.
Reheat - To reheat the bacon-wrapped chicken, preheat your oven to 400F and bake for 10-15 minutes. You can also reheat any leftovers in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until hot or heat them in a hot skillet for several minutes.
👪 Serving size
The serving size for this bacon-wrapped chicken recipe is 1 chicken breast per person, but you could easily eat 2 of them. You could also double the ingredients if you're looking to make more servings.
This bacon-wrapped chicken recipe is a delicious meal that's perfect for busy weeknights. It's healthy, flavorful, and oh-so-easy to make! With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep time, you can have dinner on the table in no time.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken
- 2½ lb chicken breast - boneless
- 2 lb potatoes - cut into 1 inch pieces
- 12 strips of bacon
- 3 cups frozen or fresh green beans
- 4 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced onions
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- Wash and clean the chicken breasts.
- Cut the potatoes into cubes.
- Wash and trim the ends of the green beans.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
- Place the greens beans in the bottom of a casserole or baking dish and the potatoes on top.
- Place 3 or 4 bacon strips in a row on a cutting board and place a chicken breast in the middle. Fold the ends of the bacon strips into the center of the chicken breast and turn the breast over so it's seam side down.
- Continue this step with the remaining chicken breasts and place them on top of the potatoes seam side down.
- Melt the butter with the olive oil in a small bowl and drizzle over the chicken, potatoes, and green beans.
- Season with kosher salt, cracked black pepper, minced onions, and thyme.
- Slowly pour the maple syrup over the entire dish and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour until the potatoes are soft, the chicken is cooked to 165F, and the bacon crispy.
- Serve and enjoy!
Shop with Me Mama (Kim)
I love chicken with bacon wrapped around it. So good! I will have to try out your recipe too! YUM!
Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
You had me at bacon! This sounds seriously delicious.
Wow this looks really amazing. My two favorites in the world bacon & chicken
Anything with bacon on it I raise my hand and say YES! I will be pinning to make this next week.
Great combination. I can go for this. Yum.
Oh my must try this for family. Off to create new Pinterest board just for family recipes.
This sounds amazing. I'm all about maple bacon anything to be honest.
Saidah Washington (@ApronsStilletos)
All I can say is yum. I was thinking of wrapping some hot dogs in bacon. I'm definitely adding this recipe to my rotation.
Mama to 5 BLessings
Yum, bacon does go with everything! What a yummy recipe!
This look delicious! Maple syrup, bacon and chicken...you can't go wrong! 🙂
I love chicken with almost any dish. Chicken parm is my favorite probably
Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas
I think my husband might love me forever if I made this! I mean, he'd better anyway, but you kwim 🙂
I think this recipe has all of our favorite ingredients in one place!
Wow! That looks so delicious. I need to try out those chicken breasts!
I showed this to my husband and he told me I am making this dish over the weekend. Not complaining as it looks amazing!
This looks so good! I love this recipe thanks for sharing!
This sounds mmmm good . I need to print it off - ty !
This sounds delicious! Will definitely have to try it soon!
Stacey- Travel Blogger
I think I will be eating at your house! That looks absolutely delicious!
You have combined two of my favorite things here: maple syrup and bacon! Yum! I love this recipe!
This looks yummy. I would use turkey bacon though. I definitely have to try this.
I love baking with Harvestland chicken. So yummy!
This is my favorite recipe for sure! Bacon, chicken, syrup?! YUM! I love the harvestland products!
It is important to eat the best and healthiest food possible. Additionally, what doesn't taste better with bacon wrapped around it.
THis looks so good. Mouth-watering
Laurie - Steals and Deals for Kids
Oh.My.Gosh!! That looks and sounds delicious!! I am trying this, for sure!!
I love bacon. And chicken. And maple syrup. Gonna be making this for sure.
I haven't tried a recipe from here that I haven't liked so I know this is going to be good.