Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders (Gluten-free, Paleo)




If you’re looking to step up your chicken game, try this amazing recipe…So simple to make and absolutely irresistible! Always a hit as a main dish or appetizer. The bacon keeps the chicken juicy and super flavorful. Each has 69 calories, 2 grams of fat and just 1 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 2 Green.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


Ingredients

12 chicken tenders (1 pound)

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 egg white

1 tablespoon melted butter or Smart Balance Light

Salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste

6 slices bacon, cut in half (I used Oscar Mayer Select Natural Uncured), see shopping tips

24 toothpicks


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and set a wire cooling rack on top. Or, line a broiler pan with foil and place the broiler pan with slits on top. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, add maple syrup, egg white, melted butter and a little salt, pepper and garlic powder. Using a fork, beat like scrambled eggs. Toss chicken tenders with egg mixture and mix until well combined. Remove chicken from eggs and wrap a piece of bacon tightly around each chicken tender. Add a toothpick on both ends to hold bacon in place while it cooks. Place chicken on prepared pan and continue wrapping the rest.

3. Bake chicken until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and set broiler to high heat. Carefully remove the toothpicks from the chicken and place under broiler until crispy on top, about 3 minutes. *Be sure to use the second to the top rack, not top rack. Keep an eye on it so chicken doesn’t burn. Serve immediately or let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.

Makes 12 chicken tenders. For a main course, serve 3-4 per person.


Shopping Tips
There are many healthier bacon choices these days. They’re uncured with no nitrates. I like Oscar Mayer Select Natural.  Most supermarkets carry it. Another I like is Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon. Many supermarkets carry this brand. I bought it at Vons/Safeway and Whole Foods. Here’s the link to their website:http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-sunday-bacon


WW Freestyle SmartPoints
1-Blue
WW SmartPoints
2-Green
WW Points Plus
1

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 chicken tender
69 calories, 2g fat, 1g sat. 20mg chol. fat, 2g prot, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 89mg sod, 2g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
28 calories, 1g sat. fat, 2g protein, 2g sugar