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This bacon wrapped chicken is utterly divine! With a crunchy, delicious brown sugar crust, the chicken is flavorful and tender, wrapped in crispy, smoky bacon. A crowd pleaser hands down!

Chicken and salad served on a white plate

Why This Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Brown Sugar Crust Is So Good

  • The brown sugar crust is so delicious and crunchy!
  • The chicken is easy and quick to make, but impressive enough to serve to guests.
  • The chicken is super flavorful, tender and succulent.
  • This recipe is easy to make Whole30, paleo, or keto.

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Brown Sugar Crust – Step by Step

  • Preheat the oven to 425º.
  • Combine the garlic powder, paprika and salt in small bowl. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with the mixture on both the top and bottom.
  • Wrap each chicken breast in two slices of bacon, starting at the end of chicken breast and on the bottom.
  • When the breasts are wrapped, place them seam-side down in a 9×13” baking pan.
  • Bake the breasts in the preheated oven at 425 for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, evenly sprinkle brown sugar over the breasts and return to the oven to cook for about 5 minutes or until 157-159° internally.
  • Baste the breasts with drippings and then broil the breasts for 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook
Bacon wrapped chicken with brown sugar crust instructions graphic

Make this Chicken Recipe Whole30, Paleo, or Keto

This is an easy recipe to adapt for various diets, the variations are:

  • For Whole30, leave off the brown sugar altogether and make sure your bacon is Whole30-compliant.
  • For paleo, use coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar.
  • For keto, use Swerve Brown Sugar or leave off the brown sugar altogether.

An Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Recipe

This chicken recipe makes for a perfect weeknight meal with little prep time. By wrapping the breasts in bacon, the chicken stays wonderfully succulent and the brown sugar creates a perfectly crispy crust. Baked in the oven, this is a great last minute dinner with simple ingredients.

Four Bacon wrapped chicken breasts in a baking dish

What do you serve with Bacon Wrapped Chicken?

This recipe is really versatile and will work well with your favorite side dishes. Serve with a fresh side salad or veggies for a well balanced and healthy weeknight meal. If you’re looking for some inspiration, be sure to check out these tasty sides:

Top Tips for Making Bacon Wrapped Chicken

  • Use good quality organic chicken breasts that haven’t been raised on antibiotics for a healthier meal.
  • Sprinkle the bacon evenly over the top of the chicken for the best crust.
  • Carefully wrap the bacon around the chicken and keep the ends on the bottom.
  • Be careful not to overcook the chicken or it can become dry.
Bacon wrapped chicken served with a side salad

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
3.50 from 2 votes

Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Brown Sugar Crust


Prep 10 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 35 minutes
This bacon wrapped chicken is utterly divine! With a crunchy, delicious brown sugar crust, the chicken is flavorful and tender, wrapped in crispy, smoky bacon. A crowd pleaser hands down!
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Equipment

  • 9×13 baking dish

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 slices bacon thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar, see Notes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit.
  • Combine garlic powder, paprika and salt in small bowl. Sprinkle mixture on both sides of each chicken breast.
  • Wrap each chicken breast in two slices of bacon. Start one slice of bacon underneath one end of chicken breast and wrap toward other end. Continue with second slice where first slice ends.
  • Place wrapped chicken breasts in baking dish with ends of bacon strips underneath chicken to hold in place. Bake 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, evenly sprinkle brown sugar over chicken breasts and return to oven. Cook another 5 minutes or until 157-159°F internally.
  • Baste chicken breasts with drippings. Place chicken under broiler and broil 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to overcook.
  • Remove from oven and serve.

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  • Make it Whole30: Omit the sugar completely and use Whole30-compliant bacon.
  • Make it Paleo: Use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.
  • Make it Keto: Use Brown Swerve or omit the sugar completely.
 
Recipe yields 4 bacon wrapped chicken breasts. Nutritional values shown reflect information for one serving including brown sugar. Macros may vary slightly based on specific brands and types of ingredients used.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1chicken breastCalories: 366calProtein: 30gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 717mgPotassium: 534mgTotal Carbs: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gNet Carbs: 13gVitamin A: 173IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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4 Comments

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! 😊

  1. Avatar Concerned Dieter says:

    The recipe sounds fantastic, but under what circumstances are brown sugar or coconut sugar acceptable on the Whole30 Diet? You’ve got Whole30 posted all over the description and recipe, but 40Aprons shows both of the sugars you’ve listed as non-compliant.2 stars

    1. We have a section in the recipe that offers variations for certain diets. 🙂

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