If you are doubtful that bacon-wrapped anything could be considered low in calories, it is high time you discovered this recipe! Choose center-cut bacon to reduce the fat content. Chicken is already lean. You are cooking these on the barbeque, which means any fat is going to drip off. Deep-frying is fine if you are watching your carbs but not worried about calories so much (and this recipe is carb-free if so) but using a barbeque offers low-fat results with an unbeatable smoky flavor. This recipe serves 10 people and each serving is only 70 calories. A large apple is more than that, but which would you rather have?

Serve these delicious chicken bites with sweet red chili sauce or your favorite low-calorie dressing, and the flavor is sure to put a smile on your face. Meat is not the enemy when watching your calories, not even bacon which is not usually thought of as a ‘diet’ food. If you compare streaky bacon fried in oil to a leaner type of bacon cooked over the barbeque, you will see the first one is much higher in fat and calories than the second. Bacon always tastes good though, regardless of which kind you use, so choose center-cut bacon and lean chicken, and you can be assured of a low-calorie snack which tastes wonderful. These can be served as an appetizer, in which case one is sufficient, or you could have several as a main dish.

The Harmony of Chicken and Bacon

Chicken and bacon go beautifully together. Chicken is quite neutral as regards flavor, so it goes nicely with all kinds of seasonings and flavors from mild to bold, and from sweet to spicy, and you can also combine it with other meats. Bacon offers a meaty, salty taste, and that really complements the chicken. When is the last time you had chicken and bacon together? Perhaps you had a chicken and bacon topped pizza, or a chicken and bacon spaghetti carbonara.

Maybe you even tried bacon-wrapped chicken before. Some recipes call for a whole chicken breast to be stuffed, maybe with mozzarella and spinach, then wrapped in bacon. That of course is for an entrée. This recipe is similar, but without the stuffing and with smaller quantities of chicken and bacon, making it ideal to serve as an appetizer. Not only do the finished bacon-wrapped chicken mini-kabobs look gorgeous but you can expect a fabulous flavor too, whether you choose to serve them just as they are, or with a spicy, cream or herby dipping sauce.

Preparing these Tasty Treats

In this recipe we are cutting the chicken into cubes and cutting the bacon slices into smaller pieces, so you will end up with 30 pieces of chicken and 30 pieces of bacon. The bacon wraps around the chicken and then you can thread 3 on to each skewer. If you are using bigger skewers put 5 or 6 on each if you want. Bamboo skewers must be soaked in cold water for 30 minutes before you use them, else they will catch fire on the barbeque. Obviously metal ones require no soaking.

Diet-Friendly Chicken in Bacon
Summary: Chicken breasts are cut into cubes, wrapped in bacon, and then threaded on to skewers. The resulting kabobs are a surprisingly low 70 calories each, and really tasty.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 10
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  • 1¼ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 30 cubes
  • 10 slices center-cut bacon, cut into thirds
  • 10 bamboo skewers
  1. Heat the barbeque to medium-hot.
  2. Soak the bamboo skewers in cold water for half an hour.
  3. Wrap a bacon piece around each chicken piece.
  4. Thread 3 of these bacon-wrapped chicken pieces on to each skewer.
  5. Tuck in the ends so they look neater.
  6. Barbeque them for 7 minutes on each side or until the chicken is fully cooked through.

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Treat yourself to something special without breaking your diet. Even if you are watching your waistline, one or two of these lovely mini-kabobs is not going to hurt. They are only 70 calories each, on average, depending on the kind of bacon and how much fat it contains. Served with a dipping sauce, these make a brilliant appetizer, and they are so easy to prepare. In fact you only need 2 ingredients as well as your skewers. The barbeque adds a tantalizing smoky aroma to the kabobs to make them extra mouthwatering. These are ideal for low-calorie or low-carb eaters.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.


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