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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders has the best flavor with just 4 ingredients. This is an easy weeknight recipe for the grill that everyone will enjoy.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders on plate.
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We love to grill year round. There is just something about the flavor that takes food up a level. This recipe for grilled bacon wrapped chicken tenders is no exception. It is delicious grilling recipe.

The bacon combined with the juicy chicken and barbecue sauce really make this so delicious. If you like chicken, try jazzing it up with this simple to make recipe. If you love this recipe, try Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

This is a family favorite recipe. Wrapping bacon around a chicken strip gives it tons of flavor and keeps it juicy. Add your favorite side dishes for a complete meal idea for the perfect weeknight meal.

Chicken and bacon make the perfect combination for a family friendly meal idea.


Ingredients for recipe: bacon, chicken tenders, brown sugar, BBQ sauce.
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders. We used about 7 to 8 tenders.
  • Bacon. Try using thicker cut bacon. It holds up better on the grill.
  • Barbecue Sauce 
  • Brown Sugar 

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Variations Ideas

  • Substitute chicken breasts. You can easily use chicken breast instead of chicken tenders in this recipe. Just note that it will take longer to cook.
  • Homemade Barbecue Sauce. Store bought is fine but feel free to use homemade BBQ sauce.
  • Try other types of sauce. Sometimes, I use buffalo sauce instead of BBQ sauce. It is really good when you are in the mood for a little heat.
  • Marinating the chicken. This is not necessary but you can marinate the chicken in barbecue sauce overnight. It will be ready to go the next day and packed with even more flavor.
  • Spices – Feel free to add spices to your chicken tenders for added flavor. Add teaspoons of paprika, Italian Seasoning, garlic powder or chili powder.

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

  • Step 1 – Fire up the outdoor grill. Go ahead and start your grill so it can be preheating. It should reach about 350 degrees over medium to high heat.
  • Step 2 – Spray the grill grates with cooking spray. You can also rub the grates with oil if you prefer. You just need something to prevent the chicken from sticking to the grill.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders on plate ready to grill.
  • Step 3 – Add the bacon to each chicken tender. Take a piece of bacon and wrap it around each chicken tender.
  • Step 4 – Brush each piece with barbecue sauce. If you have a pastry brush or silicone basting brush, use that to add the BBQ sauce.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders on plate ready to grill.
  • Step 5 – Sprinkle brown sugar on top. Add the brown sugar to the top of each piece of bacon wrapped chicken.
  • Step 6 – Place the tenders on the grill. Grill 5 to 7 minutes on each side. The chicken should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. You can cook for 3-4 minutes and then add more BBQ sauce if you prefer. Then let it finish cooking.
  • Step 7 – Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Place the chicken tenders on a plate for a few minutes. Then serve and enjoy this delicious recipe. Salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Tips

  • Secure Slice of Bacon – You may need to secure the bacon to the chicken with a toothpick.
  • Meat Thermometer – To ensure the chicken is cooked through, use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature.
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders on plate.

Serving Suggestions

This easy grilled chicken tenders is delicious served with one of these family favorite side dishes.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders on plate.

How to Make In the Oven

No worries if the weather is not suitable for grilling. You can easily make this in the oven. Just preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  • Line a baking sheet with foil. This will help to catch all the sauce as it cooks. Clean up will be much easier if you do this step.
  • Then, place a wire rack on top of it. Place the bacon wrapped chicken on the wire rack.
  • This will help to get the bacon crispy. Bake the chicken for 30 to 35 minutes flipping halfway through the cooking time.
  • At the very end, broil for 2 minutes to get the tenders and bacon crispy.
  • Make sure the chicken is fully cooked by using your meat thermometer. It should be 165 degrees internally.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store

Place the leftover chicken in the fridge inside an airtight container. It will last up to 5 days if stored properly. It is still really good later and makes great leftovers. You can add it to salad for a quick lunch or dinner. The chicken is so yummy and reheats well for another great meal.

How to Reheat

Reheat the leftovers in the microwave or in the oven until reheated through.

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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

5 from 7 votes
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders has the best flavor with just 4 ingredients. This is an easy weeknight recipe that everyone will enjoy.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Allow to cool before serving 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 358


  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders approximately 7-8 tenders
  • 8 Slices Bacon
  • 4 Tbsp Barbecue Sauce
  • 4 tsp Brown Sugar
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  • Preheat your grill over medium high heat to approximately 350 degrees F. Spray the grill grates with a non-stick cooking spray or rub with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking to the grates.
  • Wrap each chicken tender with a piece of bacon. Then brush (I used a silicone basting brush) the barbecue sauce onto the chicken tenders with the bacon. Then sprinkle with the brown sugar and rub the sugar into the barbecue sauce with the basting brush.
  • Gently place the chicken tenders on the grill. Grill for 5-7 minutes, flip the chicken and then grill for 5-7 more minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Move the chicken to plate, let it set for at least 5 minutes. Then serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 358kcal, Carbohydrates 12g, Protein 30g, Fat 21g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 102mg, Sodium 604mg, Potassium 553mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 10g, Vitamin A 90IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 17mg, Iron 1mg

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