Gluten free bacon wrapped barbecue chicken is quick and easy and can be made on your grill or in your oven. You’re going to love these fun little bites.
This post today is brought to you by bacon. Yes, that’s right. Slices of juicy bacon wrapped around tender strips of chicken and brushed with mouth-watering barbecue sauce.
Do I really need to tell you how delicious these are?
When my kids asked what was for dinner tonight, I told them chicken wrapped in bacon, and their eyes widened in disbelief as if I had just told them we were having ice cream for dinner.
Yes, everyone loves bacon in my house. Sometimes I’ll even throw bacon into the veggies (here and here) to watch my kids lick their plates clean in seconds.
You can never have enough bacon, am I right?
Is bacon gluten free?
On a hunt to find the healthiest bacon to serve up for my family, I discovered Oscar Mayer Selects Smoked Uncured Bacon.
Not only is this brand of bacon gluten free (some brands may contain flavorings or additives with gluten containing ingredients), but also it is free of all preservatives: nitrates and nitrites.
I also like that it is easily available in my local supermarket.
And I haven’t tried it, but they also have a turkey bacon that would work in this recipe if you prefer.
For those of you worried about cross contamination with gluten containing products manufactured on shared equipment, my family also loves Applegate bacon products.
This bacon wrapped chicken was partly inspired by the memory of warm summer evenings when my family ate dinner outside on the backyard patio, bathed in sunlight and feasting on fresh vegetables and chicken grilled on the barbecue.
As much as I love the Christmas season, I very much miss those warm summer evenings.
It snowed the day before Thanksgiving (unusually early for where I live in the Northeast). And since then the weather has progressively gotten colder and colder.
Several nights ago, we lit a fire in the fireplace for the first time this winter.
But this chicken seems to bring a taste of summer back to the table. It’s probably the barbecue sauce that I made sure to brush on oh so generously.
Is there gluten in barbecue sauce?
On a gluten free diet, you have to be careful to check the label when cooking with barbecue sauce because not all sauces are gluten free friendly.
Not to fear, though. I made sure to hunt down gluten free sauces for you all.
Maybe one of these days I’ll be adventurous enough to try my hand at whipping up a homemade barbecue sauce too.
In the meantime, these products are gluten free. I usually choose between Bone Suckin’ Sauce (I can’t get over that name) or Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce.
They are both free of high fructose corn syrup. I chose Stubb’s this time while making the bacon wrapped chicken: it’s a beautiful blend of vinegar, tomato & black pepper, and not as overpoweringly sweet as most brands.
If you prefer a sweeter sauce, go with the Bone Suckin’ Sauce which is sweetened with honey.
*Free printable recipe card is available at the end of the post.
First slice your chicken in strips and season with salt, pepper and garlic.
Then wrap each chicken strip in a slice of bacon.
Because I wasn’t about to brave the ice-cold rain to get to my barbecue outside, I cooked these directly in my oven.
I happened to have a metal shelf/rack from my convection Spacemaker oven. I placed it over a pan lined with aluminum foil. You need to make sure to place a rack over a roasting pan in order to catch the drippings.
So you can grill them outside or place the wrapped chicken on a rack in a pan and brush the top of each strip with gf barbecue sauce and bake them in your preheated oven.
Either way cook them for 15 minutes. Then turn them over with tongs, brush with barbecue sauce again and cook for another 15 minutes.
I probably don’t have to tell you that this chicken was an instant hit. And best of all, it only took ten minutes to prepare and then just thirty minutes in the oven.
Not only is it a fantastic dish for dinner, but it would also make a very nice appetizer at a holiday party. Who could resist that bacon?
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Gluten Free Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken
- 2 pounds boneless chicken breast cut into thin strips
- garlic powder
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 cup gluten free barbecue sauce
- Preheat oven to 400℉
- Season chicken with salt, pepper and then garlic.
- Wrap each chicken strip in a slice of bacon.
- Place wrapped chicken on a rack in a pan.
- Brush the top of each strip with gf barbecue sauce
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Turn over each strip with tongs, brush with barbecue sauce and bake for another 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
- You can grill this chicken outside or bake them in the oven.
- If you make your bacon wrapped chicken in the oven, place them on a rack that fits in a baking sheet so that the baking sheet will catch the drippings.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days.
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Laurel Regan says
Oh, my – that sounds and looks absolutely amazing! I am a big fan of bacon, so I will have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing!
Yes, indeed. Bacon fan club!
This got pinned right to my Pinterest gluten free board. What isn’t made better by bacon?
Thanks, Alana. I appreciate that. 🙂
These are fantastic! Definitely going to make them for my Christmas party.
Thank you, Nick. Great idea!