My Easy Bacon Wrapped Garlic Chicken Thighs recipe is addictive, in bites, strips or stuffed chicken thighs on your grill, air fryer or oven.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs wrapped in bacon with garlic are absolutely delicious. You have to try making them and I’m pretty sure you will not regret it.
Especially if you love bacon, chicken and garlic as much as we do!
Simple chicken and bacon recipes recipes can be hard to find but look no further!
My goodness, you can even shove some cheese in there too if you’re in the mood. Bacon wrapped garlic chicken thighs stuffed with cheddar, mozzarella or Monterey or Colby Jack cheese.
Honestly, any cheese will do and will taste great!!!
For some, adding cheese is an even tastier option and the choice is definitely yours to make.
Regardless, this chicken turns out super juicy and tender. These bacon wrapped garlic chicken thighs disappear lightening fast.
You will be surprised yourself.
It’s almost like bacon is a magnet and people are simply drawn to it. My husband says it’s like moth to a flame. I’ve seen him and others too.
It looks sort of odd, like he’s on autopilot. He will just move towards anything with bacon and he just can’t help himself.
No one that I have ever served this stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon to can resist them!
Not children, adults or even pets alike! ?
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Recipe
With this easy bacon wrapped chicken recipe I find the preparation time to be minimal. After you wrap up one chicken thigh, the rest are pretty easy to do.
I always start to wrap at the long end of the chicken thigh and across the widest part of the chicken thigh.
Then, underneath the chicken thigh, I switch directions with the second bacon strip and continue to wrap across the narrow side.
The idea is to cover the entire chicken thigh with bacon and tuck the bacon ends underneath each thigh so every bite is perfection!
By tucking the bacon underneath the chicken thigh you can potentially avoid the use of toothpicks when placing your chicken thighs on top of your rack to cook.
This bacon wrapped chicken recipe works beautifully, every time.
Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Bacon
I remember sitting at my mother’s dining room table beside her friend Lucienne. One of the most incredible cooks I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
That day, I was able to pin her down and get my favorite pasta sauce recipe and a few other recipes I cannot live without.
What I was having difficulty with was understanding that you can literally stuff anything you want inside chicken breasts or chicken thighs. I remember I kept asking her to give me suggestions.
Years later, now I get it.
You really can stuff anything inside a piece of chicken. Especially if you’re going to wrap it in bacon afterwards!
I say especially because the bacon does an AMAZING job at holding everything right inside your chicken thigh! Stuffing chicken is totally possible without bacon.
Wrapping bacon around stuffed chicken simply makes it easier to hold everything inside!
Your favorite cooked meats, cheeses and even sauteed vegetables will work and work well.
She taught me to always put something inside if possible. Butter or especially garlic butter, just like with these chicken thighs.
If I’m feeling more adventurous I will just open my fridge. Check for something like sandwich meat or leftovers and start from there.
Lucienne said to always sprinkle your chicken with salt and pepper.
Use a butter or flavored butter, whenever possible.
Either pound your chicken with a kitchen hammer or mallet to evenly thin the chicken thigh, or chicken breast for that matter, or cut a pocket from the top of your piece of chicken angled downward so nothing runs out on to your pan.
You can use toothpicks or tightly tied kitchen string to assist you if needed. Both will help to hold everything inside your stuffed chicken. Only if you plan on stuffing without the assistance of bacon.
Next, add some sort of cooked meat, if desired. If you are using something like sliced ham, lay it down on top of your flat piece of chicken first.
This will also help to hold your cheese inside your chicken.
Then, add some cheese. Your favorite variety and any vegetables you wish to use. Sauteed first or not.
Once that is done all you have to do is wrap ’em up!
You’ll see, this bacon wrapped stuffed chicken recipe is a definite keeper!
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken
The key to stuffing chicken is to seal the stuffing inside the chicken. It drives me crazy when the stuffing leaks out all over your pan.
Especially when it’s cheese.
The best way to avoid this is to:
- wrap your chicken up tightly with bacon or prosciutto (Italian bacon)
- make sure that you start at one end of your chicken piece and then, pulling tightly, wrap chicken until chicken surface is totally covered
- use kitchen string or toothpicks to secure bacon and/or chicken
- keep track of where the open seam is and make sure it faces the top of your oven while baking
- use a rack so air circulates around your chicken thigh or chicken breast so you won’t need to flip them over unless desired
- beat chicken to flatten using a kitchen mallet and then roll or cut a pocket at the thickest part of the chicken, making sure not to break or cut through the piece of chicken
Otherwise, have a look in your fridge and see what you think will work inside this stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon recipe and give it a try.
You will see that basically everything will work and work well to make an incredible piece of stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon.
I’d love to hear about some of the ingredients that you enjoy most stuffed inside your chicken!
Easy Chicken Wrapped in Bacon Recipe
I have to agree that bacon does make almost everything taste better and these Bacon Wrapped Garlic Chicken Thighs are no exception!
This is such an easy chicken wrapped in bacon recipe.
The garlic butter and bacon make these chicken thighs so full of flavor, and so moist, I can guarantee they will be enjoyed by all!
This stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon recipe is one that I have been making for years and will continue until my dying day!
These stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon can be literally served with anything your heart desires. I love main courses like that. Makes meal planning so much easier.
Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Garlic Chicken Thighs
- chicken thighs
- cooking spray
How do you make Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs
In a small bowl, combine the butter and minced garlic until well blended. I frequently purchase sticks of garlic butter so I can skip this step. Set aside.
On your work surface, place the chicken, garlic butter, bacon, salt and pepper.
Sprinkle salt and pepper on each thigh.
Divide the garlic butter evenly on top of each thigh. Ken likes to use 1/2 tablespoon of garlic butter per thigh, I like to use 1 tablespoon per thigh.
Wrap each thigh tightly with bacon. Make sure each slice is touching and the next slice starts where the last one ended.
On your work surface, place the chicken, garlic butter, bacon, salt and pepper.
Open each thigh and place between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Using a mallet pound each thigh until flat, level or even.
Spread your garlic butter all over the one side of the chicken thigh.
Ken likes to use 1/2 tablespoon of garlic butter per thigh, I like to use 1 tablespoon per thigh.
Sprinkle salt and pepper on top of each thigh. Roll the chicken thigh up as tightly as possible.
Wrap each chicken thigh tightly with bacon. Make sure each slice is touching, or slightly overlapping, and the next slice starts where the last one ended.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites
I have to take a moment to discuss making this easy bacon wrapped garlic chicken thighs recipe into strips or bites. Both are super simple to do.
I think you will love making these bite sized pieces of bacon wrapped chicken. You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts too.
Recipes like this don’t get tastier or easier for that matter.
They are perfect as a snack, appetizer or even dinner. My husband thinks the more bacon covering the chicken the better and he can’t get enough of these crispy little bites!
Full of addictive flavor, I mean chicken and bacon do go beautifully together. These bite sized bacon wrapped chicken bites, or strips, are so hard to stop eating.
One right after the other. With or without a dip. That’s the link to my list of all time favorite dips.
OMG kinda good.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders
If you use a little brown sugar on the inside of each bacon wrapped chicken bite, and place each bite seam side down on your rack, you won’t need to use toothpicks either.
Unless you want or feel you need to.
More often than not this technique works out beautifully. However, if you prefer, secure your bacon with toothpicks to guarantee the bacon will hold in place.
Remember to cut your slices of bacon and slightly overlap each as you tightly wrap up your chicken. This will mean a crispy bacon outside on each bacon wrapped chicken bite!
They are a bit more difficult to wrap because they can be small to work with, but after a couple you will definitely get the hang of it.
You may not need to broil at the end to darken your bacon wrapped chicken bites unless you want to.
Usually, with this bacon wrapped chicken bites recipe, once the bacon is well cooked your chicken will be cooked too!
My close friend Julie, cranks up the oven temperature to broil, brushes on a little barbecue sauce once the bacon is cooked, and allows the barbecue sauce to get all bubbly and caramelized.
Oh so good too.
The worst part is staring at the bacon wrapped chicken bites right after she removes them from the oven. Knowing that you really want to eat one and also knowing how badly you’ll burn your mouth if you do it.
We always try our best to wait as long as possible. I don’t think we have ever waited long enough yet!
For the record,
- these bacon wrapped chicken bites will last for up to 3 days inside your fridge in an airtight container or resealable bag. To reheat, simply bake in your oven at 350 degrees for between 17 and 20 minutes, or until heated through.
- you can also freeze these uncooked or cooked for up to 2 months in a resealable freezer bag with as much air removed as possible or an airtight container. To reheat, if frozen raw, bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, and if already cooked for about 30 minutes.
Your baking time with be a lot less and will depend on the size of your chicken pieces. Usually I go by the outside of the bacon and once it is crisp the chicken is cooked inside.
This method has never been a problem yet, no matter the size of my bacon wrapped chicken tenders or strips.
I have to urge you to get out your thermometer and check to make sure your bacon wrapped chicken bites are cooked, just to be safe. I have had food poisoning before and I just don’t want to ever go down that road again.
EVER. If I can help it.
If you have had food poisoning before you know exactly what I mean!
How to Cook Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs
Barbecue or Grilling
My husband is the one who does most of our barbecuing and this is how he cooks it!
Leave bacon wrapped thighs on the upper rack of the barbecue, over low heat, with a tray underneath to catch all of the bacon drippings because there are alot of them.
Just a suggestion, not a requirement however.
Once bacon is heavily dripping, after about 15 minutes, place thighs on lower grill and turn your barbecue or grill up to medium high for about 5 minutes per side.
To ensure thorough cooking he places the chicken back on the upper rack for another ten minutes or so.
Watching that the bacon doesn’t start to burn. As the bacon starts to be the way you enjoy it your chicken should be cooked but I recommend using a thermometer to confirm.
Better safe than sorry.
My friend has been using his air fryer to cook so many things and this recipe is no exception and the results are wonderful. Such a similar result to the grilling.
Your bacon will end up crispy and your chicken thighs cooked.
Set temperature to 340 degrees and your timer for 30 minutes, flip and set timer for another 10 minutes. Up to 10 more minutes if your chicken thighs are on the bigger side.
Flipping the bacon wrapped chicken while the cooking ensures beautifully cooked bacon and chicken too. You will definitely be glad you did it!
I have repeatedly tried to air fry these bacon wrapped chicken thighs at a higher temperature.
We all preferred the end result of these bacon wrapped chicken thighs when they cooked for a little longer at a lower temperature. The bacon didn’t end up with burnt edges and then be noticeably undercooked in other locations.
The bottom line is, in our opinion, these bacon wrapped whole chicken thighs are best cooked at 340 degrees as previously stated. If you’re in a hurry, you try making yours at the higher temperature.
Maybe you’ll have better luck than we did.
Regardless, the first time you make these bacon wrapped chicken thighs I urge you to use a kitchen thermometer to guarantee your chicken thighs are totally cooked.
If you would like to try this amazing recipe with chicken breasts you can, cook them in the air fryer at 340 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken, flipping once midway during cooking.
Again, we preferred the way the bacon turned out when the chicken breasts were cooked at a lower temperature.
Baking in your Oven
Bake at 400 degrees for 40 to 55 minutes.
Exact timing depends on the size of your chicken thighs and the thickness of your bacon. Basically, once your bacon is cooked your chicken is done!
For what it’s worth, the same applies to chicken breasts.
If you decide to make this recipe using chicken breasts, instead of chicken thighs, once your bacon is cooked your chicken is usually cooked too.
Just to be safe always check the internal temperature with a thermometer but this little trick hasn’t not worked yet.
Same rule applies for bite sized or strips wrapped in bacon.
No matter the size, once the bacon is cooked your chicken will be too.
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Bacon Wrapped Garlic Chicken Thighs Video
Take a moment to check out our video below! You can see just how easy these Bacon Wrapped Garlic Chicken Thighs are to make!
Bacon Wrapped Garlic Chicken Thighs
- rimmed baking sheet
- 6 chicken thighs,boneless, skinless
- 12 slices bacon, 2 per thigh
- 3 - 6 tblsp butter, softened
- 1-2 tsp garlic, minced
- sprinkles salt
- sprinkles pepper
- cooking spray
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil and a rack coated in cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the butter and minced garlic until well blended. I frequently purchase sticks of garlic butter so I can skip this step. Set aside.
- On your work surface, place the chicken, garlic butter, bacon, salt and pepper. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each thigh. Divide the garlic butter evenly on top of each thigh. Ken likes to use 1/2 tablespoon of garlic butter per thigh, I like to use 1 tablespoon per thigh. Wrap each thigh tightly with bacon. Make sure each slice is touching and the next slice starts where the last one ended.
- On your work surface, place the chicken, garlic butter, bacon, salt and pepper. Open each thigh and place between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Using a mallet pound each thigh until flat. Spread your garlic butter all over the one side of the chicken thigh. Ken likes to use 1/2 tablespoon of garlic butter per thigh, I like to use 1 tablespoon per thigh. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top of each thigh. Roll the chicken thigh up as tightly as possible. Wrap each chicken thigh tightly with bacon. Make sure each slice is touching and the next slice starts where the last one ended.
- Place each chicken thigh on your prepared baking sheet with a rack and bake for 40-55 minutes or until bacon is cooked to your liking. Feel free to broil chicken thighs for a few minutes, if desired, this will darken or crisp up the bacon on top even more if you prefer. Enjoy! These thighs are fantastic!
- Set temperature to 340 degrees and your timer for 30 minutes, flip and set timer for another 10 minutes. Up to 10 more minutes if your chicken thighs are on the bigger side.
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