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Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are wrapped in smokey bacon and marinated in a delicate blend of honey, ginger, garlic and soy for a deliciously easy weeknight meal!

Bacon Wrapped Honey Ginger Chicken

 I am so excited to share this recipe today – Ten bloggers have come together in a “Chopped” style Mystery Basket challenge! Ten food bloggers each added an ingredient to the “basket,” and we each had to choose at least three items and use them to create a spectacular dish. I am so impressed with the creative ideas that came through! Don’t these look amazing? When you’re finished reading my post, be sure to click around and save all the other recipes as well.

Mystery Basket Challenge Ingredients List

I used four of the ten ingredients in my recipe – Honey, Chicken Thighs, Bacon fat and Ginger.

This recipe is so easy. It starts with bacon. And really it could end there, because, well, BACON. But, you want to continue because I promise it will get even better.

So anyway, start with six boneless, skinless chicken thighs and 6 slice of bacon. Wrap those slices of bacon around the chicken thighs. I kept the thighs kind of folded as I wrapped them and I didn’t use toothpicks, but it probably would have been easier if I had. This would be great for stuffing with a vegetable, too, like asparagus. Oh hey, more bacon?

Marinade

Mix up a yummy marinade of honey, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper and olive oil and let the chicken pieces marinate in the for a bit, flipping them after 10 minutes of so to absorb the marinade on both sides.

Cooking Chicken

Heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a heavy bottom, oven safe pan. This is where I really love to use my cast iron to soak up the flavors of the bacon. Cook for a few minutes per side to let the bacon get a little crisp on the outside. You could skip this step and just go longer in the over, but the bacon doesn’t crisp the same and no one likes wimpy bacon. You can use your tongs to turn the pieces on their sides for a few seconds to render them out a bit too, and spoon some of the sauce over them as they cook.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Now put those bad boys in the oven and let them cook til they’re done, about ten minutes or so. Since there isn’t a bone, they cook quicker, however because they’re folded, you need to make sure they’re cooked all the way through.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Aren’t they beautiful? As soon as they come out of the oven, spoon some of that beautiful sauce over them again and serve them right away. They go well with rice or pasta and some yummy veggies. Be sure to save that sauce and use it on your side too!

Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Ginger Soy Chicken

4.80 from 5 votes
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are wrapped in smokey bacon and marinated in a delicate blend of honey, ginger, garlic and soy for a deliciously easy weeknight meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Boneless skinless chicken thighs roughly the same size
  • 6 slices Uncooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup Chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
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Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, ground ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and salt.
  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels and place in the marinade for 20-30 minutes, flipping the chicken if necessary to ensure even coverage. You can marinate overnight - place chicken and marinade in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  • When you're ready to get cooking, preheat oven to 400℉.
  • Wrap chicken thighs with bacon slices - Try to keep the thighs flat but you may need to fold thinner parts under, which is fine. You just don't want some super thick pieces alongside super thin pieces. Wrap completely with the bacon - try not to overlap. Secure with a few toothpicks.
  • Place the bacon-wrapped chicken on a baking sheet and brush any leftover marinade over the chicken.
  • Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy-bottomed, oven-safe pan over medium heat. Arrange the chicken in the pan, careful not to overcrowd, and cook chicken until bacon starts to crisp, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Pour any remaining marinade into the pan around the chicken and let it quickly come to a boil. Turn off the heat, slide the pan into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or unto the chicken is fully cooked and register 165℉ on a meat thermometer. If there's any sauce left in the pan, brush it over the chicken like a glaze.
  • Remove from the oven, let rest for 5 minutes, then serve hot.

Notes

I don't always use toothpicks to secure the bacon, but it can be helpful. Just make sure and remove them before serving.
Keyword bacon ginger chicken, bacon wrapped chicken, ginger soy chicken

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 51gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 244mgSodium: 1626mgPotassium: 701mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 72IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Remmington Bishop says:

    OK, magic food madam… how about the best way to prepare a Pork Loin… I seem to always end up suffering with an overdone, dry, and bland piece of white tasteless meat… chew chew chew…

  2. Janet Bradley says:

    I only have Bone-in with skin thighs, will it work with those? This sounds absolutely amazing!!!. Want to cook this soon.

    Thanks, Jan

  3. Jackie says:

    Hi

    Is that fresh or dried ginger.

    1. Kristin says:

      It’s ground ginger (dried).

  4. Maria Ruth says:

    Delicious! for the taste buds as well as the eyes! I used chicken breasts, because I had them, and they disappeared from the table. I was glad to use one pan for the whole process. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Michelle says:

    This has become a staple in our house. The only thing I changed is, I do not marinate the bacon wrapped chicken. I marinate the chicken thighs and them wrapped them up in the bacon. The marinated bacon seems to stay chewy or ends up burnt because of the sugar in the marinade. Eliminating this step I then just throw the little bundles into a hot oven and back until done, the bacon always comes out nice and crispy. Thanks for this recipe!

  6. Monica says:

    you have 12 tsp. of onion powder I was wondering if that is a typo? Please let me know , I would love to try this recipe!
    Thank You

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes, it was. I just fixed it. Thanks for letting me know, and good luck with the recipe!

  7. Samantha @ Five Heart Home says:

    Oh my goodness, Kristin…what a mouthwatering way to dress up chicken thighs! I literally drooled the first time I read your title and saw your photos…and every time since. 😉 Can’t to wait to try this for dinner sometime!

  8. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says:

    You had me at bacon! What a fabulous quick and easy weeknight meal. I need more of those in my life!

  9. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles says:

    These are some amazing looking chicken thighs! I’d wrap anything is bacon 🙂 Yum!

  10. Andi @ The Weary Chef says:

    Ooh that BACON!! This looks amazing, Kristin. I want it!

  11. katie says:

    Yum! These look and sound so good! Love the idea of bacon wrapped chicken!