Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Bacon wrapped chicken thighs are juicy and full of flavor. With only a few ingredients including bacon, cold butter, salt and black pepper, you can have a tasty dinner that you’ll be making all the time.

5 chicken thighs wrapped in bacon with parsley garnish in skillet; sage colored cloth in background and salt and pepper grinder in background on dark brown wooden table

Why do you use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast?

First of all, you don’t need to cut or flatten chicken thighs like chicken breast in order to put the butter inside. You simply need to unroll the thigh, season it, put the butter inside, and roll it back up. Also, chicken thighs are a dark meat and are fattier than chicken breast, which makes them more juicy and flavorful.

How do you wrap chicken thighs with bacon?

After seasoning both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper, adding the butter, and rolling it back up, you’re going to wrap it in bacon. Lay bacon slices flat on a cutting board or plate. Put a rolled chicken thigh on one end of the slice of bacon and start rolling tightly beginning from one end to the other. You will need long bacon slices to fully wrap each chicken thigh so don’t cut the bacon slices in half.

How do you cook bacon wrapped chicken?

Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper sprayed with oil using an oil sprayer to keep the pan from getting sticky. Alternatively, you can brush the parchment paper with 1 teaspoon of cooking oil. Place chicken thighs on the sheet pan side by side with space between each one.

Chicken thighs will need to bake for approximately 30-35 minutes. I recommend checking to see if the chicken is cooked through with an instant thermometer at around 30 minutes. The chicken is done when the temperature reaches 165°F. If you would like your bacon to get crispier put the chicken under the broiler for the last 2-3 minutes.

Can you use an air fryer?

Yes. You can cook this dish in an air fryer just like you would our Basic Chicken Thighs (they’re so crispy and delicious so make sure you try them too!) You may have to cook your chicken in batches, depending how large your air fryer is.

Place chicken in the air fryer basket and cook for 15-20 minutes at 350°F. As mentioned above, chicken should be cooked to 165°F as read on an instant read thermometer. Cook it longer if required. Then all that’s left to do is enjoy this delicious dish.

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

5 chicken thighs wrapped in bacon with parsley garnish in skillet; sage colored cloth in background and salt and pepper grinder in background on dark brown wooden table; meat fork in pan

Bacon wrapped chicken thighs are juicy and full of flavor. With only a few ingredients including bacon, cold butter, salt and black pepper, you can have a tasty dinner that you’ll be making all the time.

  • Author: Ilona Orzechowska
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 bacon slices
  • 6 tsp. cold butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • Cooking oil spray or favorite oil in an oil sprayer

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Prepare baking tray with parchment paper. Spray cooking oil on parchment paper. Alternatively, you can brush 1 teaspoon of oil over it.
  3. Unroll each chicken thigh, season both sides with salt and pepper, put 1 teaspoon of cold butter inside, then roll back up, and wrap each chicken thigh with bacon.
  4. Place chicken thighs on baking tray and bake for 30-35 minutes until the temperature of chicken reaches 165°F as read on an instant read thermometer.
  5. If you would like the bacon to be crispier, put the chicken under the broiler for the last 2-3 minutes.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Ilona Orzechowska

Ilona blogs at Ilona’s Passion where she focuses on sweet and savory party recipes. She believes in making recipes from scratch and not very sweet desserts. She likes to experiment with flavors while cooking in her Canadian kitchen. She has lived in three countries and loves to explore the world with her two boys and a husband. While not cooking or traveling she designs printable invitations and party decorations.