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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sticky Sweet Bacon Chicken Bites

Talk about a flavorful bite!  You won't even need a dipping sauce with this one.  
Sticky, smoky, sweet and simply sinful!

sticky sweet bacon chicken bites (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I received two texts today wondering why I wasn't featuring a new recipe post yesterday. Geesh! You guys really do keep track of when I'm supposed to be around.  For you faithful readers {those that texted, obviously} you know that I post three times a week, with two days between each post.

If you're not confused yet, what this basically boils down to is that yesterday I should have had a new post up and I didn't.  I'm a day late.

The past week has been a bit busy, I was a bit distracted and well, I honestly got behind on my days. Being a stay-at-home-mom I sometimes find myself thinking, 'what day is it today?'.  It's like I'm retired and every day is a Friday.

Here's a recap.

1.  Our dog brought me a dead squirrel this morning.

2.  Our older two kids spent 4 days with one set of grandparents and are leaving tomorrow for the other set.

3.  I dealt with many crying children last night, one in pain {the one who is EASY and is rarely sick}, who eventually was diagnosed with a double ear infection today {say what?  he's almost 6, thought we were over that stuff}.

4.  I'm still getting used to the husband's new work schedule.  Home more, or at least at better times, but yet very busy with the randomness that is his job.

5.  And lastly, I caught up with an old college friend.  It's amazing how you don't see someone for YEARS, yet you can talk like it was yesterday, for hours.  Great memories.  It was bittersweet.

sticky sweet bacon chicken bites (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So, last night I made these bites.  Which, I'm sure are supposed to be in the appetizer category, but I was a rebel and served them as dinner.

But I rounded them out with fresh garden green beans {sauteed in bacon, chicken stock, onion....you can find that recipe HERE}, so in my book it was a meal.

Although I could make a meal out of appetizers.  Finger foods are my fave.

I quickly grabbed four, as I knew they would go quickly, the kids got a few and the husband gobbled up the rest of the bowl, claiming 'you can make these again'.

Okay, twist my arm!

sticky sweet bacon chicken bites (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And for all of you thinking these look time consuming and complicated, think again.  You know I don't have time for that.  You don't even need dreaded toothpicks to hold them together!  The bacon adheres itself to the chicken while baking.  I had no issues with it unraveling or falling apart.

Feel free to dip them in barbecue sauce, but honestly you don't need it.  They are flavorful all by themselves.

Get ready to pop a few {or 10!} into your mouth.

Sticky Sweet Bacon Chicken Bites

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8-10 strips of bacon, cut in thirds
meat seasoning of choice {I used THIS}
1/3 c. brown sugar

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2.  For easy clean up line a baking sheet with foil.  Then place a greased baking rack on top of the foil.
3.  Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and generously rub with seasoning.
4.  Wrap bacon around the chicken pieces and roll in the brown sugar.
5.  Place on the baking rack.  Bake for 45 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.

sticky sweet bacon chicken bites (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'd love your ideas for some great appetizers, I feel like my site is lacking in them!  Feel free to leave your favorite in the comments.

We have our annual summer family get-together this weekend and I need to bring something.  I am THE FOOD BLOGGER of the family and need to bring my game.

Ideas please???

Would you like to comment?