Oven Baked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders – This recipe is a lesson in frugality, ingenuity or being able to adapt. I desired to grill bacon wrapped scallops for Independence Day, knowing scallops will be available at our local Fresh Market. But then we were without power for 5 days that week following bad weather that left the Virginia (and other areas) in a state of emergency.
After we returned to our home and some kind of normalcy, scallops were no longer available and were $15.99 a pound. Well, one pound of scallops would seriously wreak havoc on my budget. So, while with the food market, I brainstormed what I could truthfully do instead, employing the same marinade ingredients with basics of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
Oven Baked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders
While they are a far cry from scallops, chicken tenders would also be smart with my base ingredients. Plus i got lucky that 3 pound bags of chicken tenders were available for 20% off. So instead of coughing up $16 one pound for scallops, I paid a little bit over $2.50 one pound for that tenders. My hubby and I seriously liked these, and we’re certain the 7 year old could have liked them too. I’ll have to you should make these again when he’s here to relish them.
A pound of chicken tenders turned out to be 8 tenders for us. The fennel fronds are optional. While I could truthfully detect their aroma, I do not think it’s worth purchasing a full fennel bulb just for that little bit of fennel fronds my recipe calls for.
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 4 slices of bacon
- Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Season the chicken thighs with freshly ground pepper. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each of the chicken thighs, tucking the ends under the thigh to hold the bacon in place. Place the wrapped chicken on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the chicken registers 165° on an instant-read thermometer.