When I start to read a recipe about barbecued chicken, I’m not expecting to see the word “bacon,” let alone the words “bacon paste.”
So, when I did see all those words, I was captivated.
Say it with me: “Everything tastes better with bacon.”
Bacon paste takes it to a whole new level. Raw bacon is processed in a food processor or blender until a paste is formed. It’s then mixed with the spices and rubbed onto the chicken.
It doesn’t get much better than that, except when chicken breasts are on sale at Brookshire’s.
Barbecue Chicken Skewers
2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 Tbsp sweet paprika
2 tsp smoked paprika
4 tsp sugar
2-3 slices raw bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup barbecue sauce
Trim chicken of excess fat, and then cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the salt. Then, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
Turn all grill burners to high heat, close lid and heat for about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on, but turn off other burners.
Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine the paprikas and sugar. Place the raw bacon in a food processor and pulse for about 30-45 seconds until a smooth paste forms, scraping down the sides of the bowl twice throughout. Add the bacon paste and spice mixture to the chicken. Mix with hands or spatula until the ingredients are blended and chicken is coated. Thread the chicken onto the skewers, rolling or folding as needed to maintain 1-inch cubes.
Grill the chicken over the primary burner with lid closed, turning one-quarter of a turn every 2 minutes or so until browned and slightly charred (about 8 minutes total for chicken breast and 10 minutes for thighs). Brush the top of kebabs with barbecue sauce; flip and cook until sauce is browned in spots, about 1 minute. Brush second side with sauce; flip and cook for another minute or so until cooked through.
Remove kebabs from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve, passing remaining barbecue sauce separately, if desired.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 290, Calories from Fat: 90, Fat: 10 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 104 mg, Sodium: 108 mg, Potassium: 383 mg, Carbohydrates. 14 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 34 g.
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