These Bacon Chicken Tenders are firehouse hot with the recommended chipotle chile powder, yet tasters extinguished them in minutes.
When buying chicken, note that true chicken tenders can be skimpy. For more substantial pieces, consider getting boneless, skinless breasts and cutting them into strips. You don’t want the chicken pieces to be done before the bacon has cooked.
“This recipe was handed down to me by my sister-in-law. I was skeptical at first, but everyone loves these! I make them all the time for my guests and at family gatherings.” –Nancy Parkinson from Hull, Massachusetts
Did You Know: Chipotle chili powder is made from dried, smoked jalapeños. Chili powder is made from dried chilies and other spices.
Wrap a bacon slice around each chicken tender. Secure top and bottom of bacon with two toothpicks per tender.
In a shallow bowl, mix together brown sugar and chipotle chili powder. Roll bacon-wrapped chicken in mixture, then place on rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and bacon is crisp. (Place under broiler, if bacon is not crispy.) Cool briefly on baking sheet, then roll in drippings and serve.