Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

My husband is a great cook.

In our previous life, when we both worked full-time and we were child-free, we’d make most of our evening meals together. He’d grill some form of meat while I whipped up the side dishes, and we’d do the dishes together.

Now those types of collaborations only happen on the weekends, which is when he introduced me to the taste sensation of Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders.

Chicken tenderloin recipes are a hit around here. They are always easy, and chicken tenderloin lends itself to so many easy chicken dinners.

We made ours on our beloved Traeger wood-fired grill (affiliate link), but if you don’t have the equipment to make Traeger chicken tenders, your bacon-wrapped chicken strips can be grilled over indirect heat on a traditional grill or popped in the oven at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.

Bacon recipes are a hit, too. We cook with bacon quite a bit. If you do have a wood pellet smoker, you have to try this Traeger Smoked Bacon recipe!

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

1 lb chicken tenders (aprox 10 chicken tenders)
10 strips bacon
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp black pepper
½ to 1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 TBSP chili powder

Preheat smoker (or grill or oven) to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, mix together Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.Sprinkle mixture evenly over all sides of the chicken tenders, covering them completely in spices.

Wrap a slice of bacon around each tender. Tuck in the ends.

Mix brown sugar and chili powder together, and sprinkle generously over the bacon-wrapped chicken on all sides. Press the brown sugar mixture onto the chicken so it doesn’t come off.

Place bacon-wrapped chicken on smoker and cook with lid closed for about 30 minutes, or until chicken and bacon are done.

If desired, place chicken on a cookie sheet and broil for a few minutes to crisp up the bacon.

These Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders are as moist and delicious as they look. Everyone loved them, and there were zero leftovers. The spices are perfect, adding to the flavor of the chicken and bacon without overpowering it.

If you like your bacon extra crispy, broil your finished product for a few minutes to your desired crispness (we didn’t do that this time).

We completed this delicious dinner with rice and sauteed fresh green beans. YUM!

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Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders recipe modified from Divas Can Cook

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43 thoughts on “Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

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  3. Very flavorful and tender yum! It didn’t look as good as picture,but I made mine in the oven that might be why

      1. Can these possibly be made ahead and refrigerated overnight to be reheated in the oven for a pot luck at church

    1. If you bake these in oven at 350 degrees, it will take FOREVER. You must broil them. Best to have broil pan so chicken not sitting in bacon grease. 350 degrees in oven for 20 minutes, outrageous lie! Disappointed that “creator” of this recipe documented this. Her grill method may work, but baking will have your family eating 2 hours later than planned.

      1. You must have had awfully thick chicken. Mine turned out perfect x 2 and had my guests begging for the recipe.

  4. I did mine in the oven and it was Soooo GOOD!!! This recipe is recommended to anyone who’s just “thinking” about it… GREAT FOOD! Thank you for posting this recipe for all to enjoy.

  5. I made this for my family and they went crazy over it !! They loved it ! We are going camping next week and my family asked if week can have this for one of our dinners , I can’t wait to cook it again it was so delicious!

  6. I tripled the recipe and baked them in the oven! They were delicious and very moist! I had guests for dinner and there were none left! Broiling them for a few minutes at the end to crisp up the bacon a little was the perfect final touch! Definitely a recipe that will be made again and again! Thank you for sharing!!

  7. Curious if this should be covered in foil if baked in the oven? And which is best— 25-30 minutes like the recipe says or 35-45 min like one of the comments?

  8. I made these in my air fryer on 350 for a total of 20 minutes (turned them over after 10 minutes). I also used thick cut bacon because that’s what I had. Oh, they were so good!! Will definitely be making them again! Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

    1. The air fryer sounds like a great idea. Did your bacon cook all the way through or would you suggest partially cooking it first? I know sometimes with bacon wrapped things the under side of the bacon doesn’t cook up very good.

  9. Curious about making these for a large group meal. Feeding about 60 people. Can we bake and then put in toaster without drying out?

  10. If u grill them didn’t the bacon grease start a grill fire? What did u grill them on, on the grill?

  11. I would partially cook my bacon before wrapping the chicken, to prevent the chicken from being too dry.

  12. Bacon wrapped chicken tenders was a huge success! So flavorful. I made mine in the oven. The last 5 minutes I put them in the air fryer. It made the bacon crisper and caramelized the brown sugar. Wonderful recipe!

  13. Wow these were fantastic. I love the bold flavor and some of the juiciest chick I have ever cooked. Keep the recipes coming Amy.
    Wish I could post a photo of mine. 😊

  14. This is a favorite with the family! Unfortunately my broiler stopped working, so I placed them in the air fryer to brown up. Worked beautifully! This recipe has become the Sunday family meal!!!

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