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Bacon wrapped chicken bites are one of the best appys ever — well seasoned tender juicy chicken is wrapped in bacon and oven-baked to crisp perfection. |

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

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  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 18 pieces
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Bacon wrapped chicken bites are one of the best appys ever — well seasoned tender  juicy chicken is wrapped in bacon and oven-baked to crisp perfection. 


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 lb. boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 (9 slice) package bacon strips (50 g)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together all seasoning (brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne, if using) until evenly combined. Add chicken and toss well to coat. Set aside.
  3. Cut each bacon strip in half crosswise (about 5-inches long) and wrap around each seasoned cubed chicken (There is no need to secure the wrapped chicken bites with toothpicks).
  4. Arrange the wrapped chicken bites on a parchment-lined quarter sheet baking sheet and brush them with maple syrup and a sprinkle of black pepper to taste. Bake for 25-30 minutes until bacon is crisp.


Get crispier bacon: If you love crispy bacon, you can finish the bacon-wrapped chicken bites up in the oven on the broil setting on high for 1-3 minutes. But keep a close eye on them because they can start to burn quickly!

How to air fry: Preheat the air fryer to 375 F, about 3 minutes. Place bacon chicken nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 15-18 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the internal temperature for the chicken reaches 165 F as read on a meat thermometer.

How to store: Keep leftover bacon wrapped chicken bites in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

How to reheat: Reheat cold chicken bites in a 400F preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until warmed through, or in the air fryer for 5-10 minutes. You can also reheat them in the microwave if you’re in a rush. Place in a bowl and cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap. Microwave on medium heat for 1-3 minutes until you see the steam rise and fog up the plastic wrap.

How to freeze: These chicken bites also freeze well. You can freeze them either assembled and uncooked OR cooked. Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet until hard, about 1-2 hours, then transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container and freezer for up to 3 months. Bake them from frozen in a 400 F preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or for 20-30 minutes if cooked.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American