This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Oven Baked Chicken is going to be hands down one of the most simple and delicious recipes you will make this Game Season, it’s 4 ingredients— count them 4 Main ingredients and your spices for an ingredient list totaling out to be 7!
4Boneless skinless chicken breasts
8slicesHardwood smoked bacon
8slicesColby jack cheese sliced in half
1jalapeño pepper sliced, remove seeds if desired
Mesquite dry seasoning, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Heat oven to 400 degrees
You may wish to have wooden toothpicks on hand to secure the bacon if needed. (Soak toothpicks for 4-5 minutes in water)
Meanwhile, be sure boneless and skinless chicken has been thoroughly washed in cold water to remove any impurities from the meat. Pat chicken dry with clean paper towels or a dish towel, place to the side.
Season chicken with dry mesquite seasoning, kosher salt, and pepper before wrapping with bacon.
You will need 2 slices of bacon for each piece of boneless skinless chicken. An easy method to use when wrapping your bacon around chicken is to secure bacon with a toothpick one side of chicken and carefully wrap chicken, before securing bacon, grab a second slice of bacon, secure wrapped and unwrapped bacon in the same place with a toothpick, wrap the second piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick if desired.
Place in a preheated oven of 400 degrees or hot grill
Place bacon wrapped chicken on lightly sprayed broiler pan, cook for about 25 minutes uncovered. Add 3 half slices of Colby Jack cheese to each bacon wrapped chicken breast, top with some jalapeno slices. Bake for another 5-10 minutes uncovered or till the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees if unsure.
Before heating grill, if you have a grill that everything tends to stick to the grill panels, be sure to coat with a touch of oil or preferably cooking spray (before lighting the grill.)
Heat BBQ grill on medium-high for about 7-10 minutes
Place bacon wrapped chicken on preheated grill and reduce heat to medium heat (be sure to carefully watch for any flare-ups so that you can move you chicken according to avoid them.)
Cook each side about 5-6 minutes, flip bacon wrapped chicken breast over, add 3 half slices of Colby Jack cheese to each bacon wrapped chicken breast, top with some jalapeno slices. Cook for 5 minutes or till done or if you are unsure internal temperature is 160-165 degrees.
Serve with BBQ sauce or condiment of choice if desired.
Recipe by Heidy L. McCallum owner of The McCallum's Shamrock Patch Blog