Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken TendersBrookings has an August event called the Wing & Brew Festival, to which I’ve never been and likely will never go, because I’m a cheapskate. The reason being, unlike every other food festival I’ve been to, there is both an admission price, as well as additional cost to purchase wings or brews. Now, granted, the entry to the festival is apparently only 6 bucks (at least that’s what it was this year), but you still had to purchase your beers and your wings by buying tickets. And even though it worked out to be pretty cheap (I don’t recall exactly what the breakdown was), I’m still unwilling to pay to get into this festival and then pay again to eat. So how do I know this even though I’ve never been and what’s the point? The point is that the Wing & Brew Festival is responsible for these Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders.

Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken TendersAnd I know this because I had a coworker who went, and told me it wasn’t as expensive as I’d been led to believe. But still…With food festivals, you generally either have free admission and then you pay for whatever you want to eat, or you pay a larger cost up front (like with the Taste of Brookings) and then you get smaller portions of all the dishes available. For that one, you had to pay if you wanted an alcoholic beverage. I was fine with that. But back to the chicken…My coworker told me that the best wings hands down that he tried were Maple Bacon Wings. Which I thought sounded delicious, and I’ve had Maple-Bacon-Chicken of some kind in the back of my head ever since.

Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken TendersThe only complaint any of us had about these is that there weren’t more of them. I easily could’ve eaten about 4 more.

Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 8-10 boneless chicken tenders
  • 4-5 slices of low-sodium bacon, cut in half
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Cooking spray


Preheat broiler. Whisk together the maple syrup, vinegar, and olive oil in a small bowl. Set aside.

Wrap a bacon half around each chicken tender, securing with toothpicks if necessary.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the tenders for about 5 minutes per side, or until the bacon starts to brown (it isn't necessary for the chicken to be completely cooked through at this point).

Spray a cooking rack with nonstick spray, and place on top of a baking sheet. Place the tenders on top, and brush with the maple glaze.

Place under the broiler, and cook for about 2 minutes. Flip them over, brushing with more glaze. Cook 2 minutes. Flip, brush with glaze, and cook 2 more minutes. Repeat once more, or continue until chicken is completely cooked and bacon is crispy.

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I have to say, once I put the glaze on and popped these under the broiler, my kitchen smelled so good, I wanted to gnaw on the walls! The next time I make these, I will listen to Jay, and double the number of tenders.

In other news, you might’ve noticed there’s a new social media icon on the blog, meaning I am now on Instagram! I broke down over the weekend and got myself a smart phone (the reason for it will become clearer in a few weeks), and finally joined the masses with an Instagram account. Don’t expect too much–I’ve only got 2 pictures thus far–I’m still getting the hang of all this, and trying to figure out how to work this new-fangled phone! But feel free to follow me, if you so desire!

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