Smokey Bacon Chicken Thighs

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Smokey Bacon Wrapped Chicken | Our Paleo Life
Smokey Bacon Wrapped Chicken | Our Paleo Life

Smokey Bacon Chicken Thighs

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


Spice Blend

  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder


  • 8 Chicken Thighs
  • 16 slices Uncured Bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a metal rack on it (like a cooling rack).
  3. Combine all Spice Blend ingredients. You will only use about half for this recipe. Set aside.
  4. Rinse the chicken thighs and pat dry.
  5. Coat the chicken on all sides with the spice blend.
  6. Wrap 2 slices of bacon tightly around each seasoned chicken thigh. Try to keep the ends on the bottom of the thighs.
  7. Place bacon-wrapped thighs on the metal rack on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-34 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 165F is reached.
  8. Serve hot with some Best Roasted Veggies.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 chicken thigh
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 10gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 1282mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gProtein: 24g


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  1. Yum!!
    This recipe was really good. My family liked this one a lot. They don’t know it, but I’m secretly changing their eating habits as an experiment to see how moods, sleeping, attitudes all might change!

  2. Wow! Just made this tonight and I could not be more thrilled with the outcome! I didn’t have a cooling rack to cook the chicken on so my bacon didn’t get as crispy on the bottom, but still amazing all around! Will definitely be making this regularly! Great recipe!

  3. We love this dish! Do you have any ideas on how to make this ahead of time and/or freeze? I try to do all meals on the weekend because our weeks are so crazy. Any advice is helpful. Thanks.

    1. You could definitely make this in advance a couple ways:
      1) Prep the chicken, get them wrapped and seasoned, then refrigerate until ready to cook.
      2) Make the dish as instructed and then just reheat the chicken the night you want to eat them.

      I’m not so sure I’d recommend freezing them, I haven’t had the best experience with bacon texture after it’s been frozen, but it may be different if it’s wrapped around the chicken. If you wanted to try freezing it, I’d go with option 1 and freeze it, fully assembled, then thaw 24 hours in advance to be sure the chicken isn’t still frozen in the middle.

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