Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders


Continuing with the theme that bacon makes everything better, and because I had half a pack of chicken tenderloins–exactly what part of the chicken is a tenderloin anyway?–and half a dozen strips of bacon left that I needed to do something with stat because it was approaching the use by date, I came up with this marvelously easy and delicious entree.  Perfect for a weeknight dinner with flavor.  Serves 2.


  • 6 chicken tenders
  • 6 slices of thick-cut, applewood smoked bacon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken.  There’s no measurement to this–depends wholly on how much spice you like.
  3. Arrange a wire rack over a baking sheet and spray it liberally with cooking spray.
  4. Wrap each tenderloin with a strip of bacon, securing each end with toothpicks.  Lay out on the wire rack.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bacon is crispy on the outside.

Cook’s note: You could absolutely do this on the grill.  We were just out of grill gas.

Printable version.

Kait Nolan

Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. This Mississippi native has something for everyone, from short and sweet to Southern contemporary romance to action-packed paranormal—all featuring heroes you’d want to sweep you off your feet and rescue you from work-day drudgery. When not working or writing, Kait’s hanging out in her kitchen cooking and wishing life were a Broadway musical.

2 thoughts on “Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders”

  1. Liana - March 6, 2012 3:15 am

    These look great, will pop in some buns with coleslaw and homade ranch sauce for lunch.
    The tenderloin is a tiny bit under/attached to the breast next to the bone, hence the tender and juicy. But they often just strip up the breast and sell it as tenderloins.

    1. Kait Nolan - March 6, 2012 7:03 am

      Huh. You have taught me something new! I just assumed they cut up the breast and gave it a name, much like “chicken fingers”. I didn’t know there was a bit formally called the tenderloin!


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