This recipe originally appeared on Sip Northwest.
I love entertaining, but sometimes it can be difficult to think of appetizers to set out that are new and exciting. OR, you spend so much time getting other things ready, you’re left with only a short time to throw something lackluster together. These Bourbon Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites are time consuming, but they can easily be made ahead of time. Simply follow the directions below, set aside on a baking sheet, and reheat when you’re ready for your guests to arrive. Another great thing about this recipe is that it can also easily be turned into an entrée. Bag the bacon and sauté the chicken with onions and peppers, and serve alongside rice for a quick transformation into a bourbon chicken dinner.
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 pound regular sliced bacon, cooked in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees
4 chicken breasts, cut into 1-2 inch chunks
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Crushed red pepper, optional
Oil for pan
¼ cup of your favorite bourbon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a large baking sheet, lay out bacon in one, even layer. Place in middle rack of oven and cook for 20-25 minutes (or until fully cooked but still chewy).
While the bacon is cooking, prep the chicken and glaze. In a medium bowl, mix chicken, cornstarch, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes together, set aside. In a small saucepan, whisk together bourbon, brown sugar, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce and ketchup, until well heated.
In a large saucepan, heat up a small amount of oil. Add chicken and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Add glaze (don’t worry, it will thicken up once it mixes with the cornstarch coated chicken) and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked and glaze has thickened.
Remove chicken from heat. Once bacon has finished cooking and both bacon and chicken have cooled to the touch, cut a bacon strips into thirds, wrap a small strip of bacon around a chunk of chicken, and secure with a food pick.
The chicken and bacon will cool as you wrap them, so keep the oven on 350 and reheat for about 10 minutes just before you plan to serve. OR, prep ahead of time and reheat before your event.
If you’re planning on having a larger party, I recommend doubling the recipe. These bites are an instant crowd-pleaser.