This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.
When my dad was a teenager, he and his dad had season tickets to the football games every year. The traffic and the crowds were things my dad grew to dread, so as I grew up, we always watched the football games on TV. Nowadays, my own family tends to prefer “home gating” over tailgating. We love watching the Big Game but prefer to do it from the comfort of our home. What’s better than lounging on your comfy couch with some amazing snacks and the football game right in front of you?
When the Big Game comes around each year, I love to make up a variety of delicious finger foods for snacking. One of my family’s favorite combos is chicken and bacon. I’ve paired these Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Strips with a homemade spicy honey mustard dipping sauce and a little cayenne pepper to give it some kick. These are both so easy to make!
When it comes to cooking, I like to take a few shortcuts because I don’t have time to be in the kitchen all day. I want to watch the game, too! One of my favorite shortcuts is using frozen chicken that’s already breaded like Tyson® Naturals chicken products.
Tyson Naturals lightly breaded chicken strips can be found in the frozen food section at Kroger or Kroger division stores. I used those along with some thick slices of Wright® Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon, which you can find in the refrigerated section at Kroger, too. Kroger is my go to grocery store. I absolutely love ordering my groceries online at Kroger now that we have a new little one. It gives me so much extra time to have them delivered. I actually had all these ingredients delivered right to my home from Kroger!
Next time you’re at Kroger, make sure to look for this label on specially marked packages of Tyson chicken products like Tyson Naturals lightly breaded chicken strips. With these specially marked packages, you know the chicken was raised with no antibiotics ever.
These Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Strips are simple to make and so is the spicy honey mustard dipping sauce. Here’s how to easily make this delicious snack:
I like to cook the chicken on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. It helps soak up some extra grease, and it makes cleaning the cookie sheet a breeze. Take the Tyson Naturals lightly breaded chicken strips right from the freezer and wrap each chicken strip with a piece of bacon.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix up the brown sugar and chili powder.
Carefully roll the chicken in the brown sugar/chili powder mix so the bacon doesn’t unwrap itself. I find using tongs keeps more of the mixture on the chicken and not on my fingers.
Bake for about 15 minutes on one side, then flip them over and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until the bacon is done.
While the chicken strips are baking, it’s time to mix up the spicy honey mustard. I find that the heat from the cayenne pepper grows on you with this dipping sauce. However, if you’re like my teenager and my husband, you might want even more heat. If so, then you can double the cayenne pepper in the recipe.
When you serve these Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Strips, make sure you keep some extra napkins or some wet wipes nearby as the flavor tends to stick around on your fingers after enjoying them. These chicken strips are what you would definitely call finger lickin’ good!
- 1 package of Tyson Naturals lightly breaded chicken strips
- 1 package of Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 cup yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
- Cover the cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
- Wrap each chicken tender in a slice of bacon and place on parchment paper.
- Mix up the brown sugar and chili powder.
- Gently roll each chicken tender in the brown sugar / chili powder.
- Bake for 15 minutes and then flip the chicken over and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until bacon is done.
- Allow to cool 1-2 minutes before serving.
- While the chicken is baking, combine the honey, mustard, and cayenne pepper.
- Mix until well combined.
- Serve with the chicken.
What’s one of you favorite snacks to make for the Big Game?