Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers
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Just saying the name of this recipe gets our mouths watering. A little extra effort goes a long way. Wrapping each chicken cube in bacon and cooking it indirectly allows the fat and flavour in the bacon to soften the chicken.
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook time: 10 min
Additional Time: 30 min
Serves 6 - 8
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
15 pieces of bacon, cut in half widthwise
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup bourbon or whisky
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp unsalted butter
In a small bowl, mix together all the spices under the chicken seasoning and set aside.
Prepare chicken by cutting chicken breasts into large cubes, about 2-inch squares, and place in a medium bowl.
Coat the chicken pieces in oil. Add the seasoning and massage the chicken with your hands to evenly and thoroughly coat each chicken piece. Place the spice coated chicken in the refrigerator for 30 min.
Turn on the burners on half of your BBQ and place a baking sheet on the side that has the burners off. Adjust the flame until the temperature in your grill stays at 325F.
While your BBQ comes to temperature, wrap each piece of chicken using half of the bacon strip. Thread each piece of bacon wrapped chicken onto the skewers.
Place the skewers on the baking sheet on the flame-less side of the grill. Cook for 30 to 40 min, flipping the skewers every 10 min, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F.
While the chicken cooks, create the glaze in a medium saucepan. Simmer the bourbon for 3 min over medium heat. Remove from heat and add the maple syrup and butter. Bring out the grill with a basting brush.
Finish off the skewers by moving two at a time over to the flame side of the grill. Brush the glaze onto the chicken, being mindful of the flames flaring up from below. Flip the skewers every 30 sec and continually glaze until the bacon is crispy and lightly charred. About 3-5 min. Remove from the fire and repeat with the remaining skewers.
Serve with extra glaze on the side.
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Play around the seasoning spices and the spirit and/or sugar in the glaze to create your own custom flavours.
This amazing recipe was written by Derek Wolf. Find it in his cookbook Food x Fire or check out his Instagram @overthefirecooking