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 and 2 grams of fat.
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders (Gluten-free, Paleo)

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

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:

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


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

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

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 69 kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1tenderCalories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 89mgSugar: 2gBlue Smart Points: 1Green Smart Points: 2Plus Points: 1
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  1. Hi Karen,
    I’m so sorry but at this point, I’ll only be including Blue and Green points. For all of these years, I use a different program than WW to input all of my recipes to do the nutrition facts and points.

    I have hundreds of recipes and don’t have the time to input them into WW to make the calculations for the purple plan. Maybe in the future.

    My best,


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