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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

It’s party season!

Friday nights are full of festivities these days, and nights in with jammies have transformed into the holiday social scene of nights out, fabulous friends and delicious food.

Finger foods are so much fun for holiday parties and outings, but I tend to like something more substantial than cheese trays and crackers.

These chicken bites are the perfect party food. If the party is at your house, you can make them ahead, bake them at the last minute and serve them sizzling. If the party is at someone else’s house, you can still make them ahead and they transport perfectly. I’ve even frozen these and baked them right before I needed them.

The appeal of this recipe, to me, is the duality of the flavors. I love the sweet and spicy mixed together.

So, if you have a party on the horizon, consider these delicious morsels.

One recipe serves about 15, so I usually double it. Guests can’t eat just one!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps
Serves 15

Ingredients:
1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cleaned, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes)
1 1/2 lb bacon
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 Tbs chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Mix well.

If using thick bacon, thin out with the back edge of a chef knife. Cut the bacon in half, roll around the chicken cubes and secure with a toothpick.

Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Prepare baking sheet with aluminum foil and a rack, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Roll the chicken pieces in the brown sugar mixture. Be sure to pack some in the ends. Place on the rack.

Bake until golden-brown, about 35 minutes. Cover with foil on a heavy dish to keep warm until served.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 321, Calories from Fat: 197, Fat: 22 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 84 mg, Sodium: 1091 mg, Potassium: 369 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 28 g.

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