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Kickin’ Chicken Bites

posted by Julie Evink on December 15, 2013

 Kickin’ Chicken Bites ~ Bite-sized pieces of chicken wrapped in bacon and dusted in brown sugar & cayenne pepper!

Kickin' Chicken Bites ~ Bite sized pieces of chicken wrapped in bacon and dusted in brown sugar & cayenne pepper!

*I was compensated by Gold’n Plump Chicken to create this post. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

It’s that time of year again! We’re all putting our host/hostess hats on and  smiles on our faces for the holiday parties. Let’s get real for a moment: the holidays can be a little bit stressful – yet  oh-so-much-fun if you just make it work! Part of making it work, in my book, is making simple, easy and still delicious recipes with quality products.

Kickin’ Chicken Bites are just that: simple, easy, delicious and made with quality products. They come together quickly and are sure to impress everyone at your holiday party. Plus, if you are a fan of a little spice in your life, these are your ticket! If you aren’t such a fan, just pass on the cayenne pepper and they will be more sweet from the brown sugar. I’m always looking out for people with weak taste buds, because I might just be one of those people!

Kickin' Chicken Bites ~ Bite sized pieces of chicken wrapped in bacon and dusted in brown sugar & cayenne pepper!

I made these Kickin’ Chicken Bites using my all-time favorite: Gold’n Plump® chicken. Remember when I said that my recipes are made with quality products I can trust? Gold’n Plump is one of the brands that I trust to feed my family day in and day out.

Goldn Plump


With Gold’n Plump, I know local farmers across the great states of Minnesota and Wisconsin are hard at work providing a quality product from farm to table. I think the Gold’n Plump rule really sums it all up: Chickens we raise are raised the right way by family farmers. No shortcuts. No compromises. Just an unwavering commitment to high quality, wholesome, good chicken.

Enough said.

These tasty little Kickin’ Chicken Bites are quick and easy to make. You just need to cut your chicken breast into bite size pieces, wrap in bacon and, of course, drench them in your brown sugar and cayenne pepper to give it that extra zip you are looking for!

My family loved them and they were gone in seconds. I’m sure your guests will adore them, too, and you will have a clean plate by the end of the night!

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Kickin’ Chicken Bites

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 lb Gold’n Plump® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  1. Cut bacon pieces into thirds the short way. Take each piece of chicken and wrap a piece of bacon around it. Fasten bacon with toothpick and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl mix remaining ingredients together. Take each piece of chicken and dredge it in the brown sugar mixture making sure to sprinkle a little on top, too.
  3. Place on wire rack on a pan lined with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until chicken juices run clear and bacon is crisp.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 2824kcal Calories from fat 1737
% Daily Value
Total Fat 193g297%
Saturated Fat 63g315%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 630mg210%
Sodium 3351mg140%
Carbohydrate 104g35%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 99g
Protein 160g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Oh my goodness! These look AMAZING Julie! I can’t wait to make them for my husband – he’s going to go crazy 🙂

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    These look absolutely mouthwatering! Perfect for entertaining this holiday season. Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely week!

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  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    These made it to my menu plan this week and I can’t wait. I love spicy chicken and I am already planning on kicking that cayenne pepper up. Hmmmmm…mouth watering. I shall report back!!

  • Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    YUM! These look good, Julie! Anything with bacon wrapped around it is good. And making these spicy was such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays, Julie! Have a great week. 🙂

  • ChiChi

    This looks so yummy! Spicy chicken is my fav and I would be the one to add more cayenne pepper to mine. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    I love the “kickin” part of these….yumm!!

  • Barbie

    I made these for Christmas & they were the rage!! Everyone wants the recipe, & my boys have begged for more ever since!! These things r “Top Shelf”!!

    • Julie Evink

      Awesome to hear that Barbie!

  • Christine

    Is it possible to switch up this recipe to be cooked in a crock pot?

    • Julie Evink

      I’m worried the bacon wouldn’t get crunchy if you did it like that but you can always give it a shot!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

    These chicken bites must be really tasty! I am drooling right now! Bookmarking the recipe for later. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tasha Galinaitis

    would this work with pork???

    • Julie Evink

      I can’t guarantee it because I’ve never tried it. I would think it would just watch the cooking time to make sure it’s cooked through.

  • Aurelia

    How many bites did this recipe make?

  • margaret

    can you freeze the chicken bites after
    their baked

    • Julie Evink

      You can, but when thawing the chicken bites the bacon will not be crispy when serving and I don’t think they’d turn out very good!

  • Darlene DeVita

    YUMMMMMMM!! Not sure a crock pot would work for the bacon, you need the crunch.

  • Julia Hoff

    I made these last weekend and they were a hit with the family. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for the recipie Julie.

    • Julie Evink

      So glad you enjoyed them Julia!

  • Dot

    Thanks for sharing your recipe Julie. I made them this morning for our Super Bowl party. Like the combination of sweet & spicy taste.

  • Jackie

    This recipe sounds fantastic! I’m going to bring these appetizers to a large family gathering. I’m guessing that if I make them in the oven, I should be able to keep them warm in a crockpot without any trouble.

  • Kim Conover

    I have a couple of tips- hope it doesn’t insult the cook- no ntention of that. When I make anything “wrapped” in bacon, I partially cook the bacon first. It gets the bacon super crisp when cooked with the chicken. I cook the bacon on a broiler pan until the meat isn’t pink and the fat is translucent. I would also cook the prepped chicken on the broiler pan to drain the remaining fat away from the chicken. It makes it less greasy and crispy. Delicious recipe.

    • Julie Evink

      Great tips Kim! Thanks for sharing!

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