Nothing says summer like throwing something on the grill! One of my favorite things to grill are Spicy BBQ Chicken Wraps, a recipe given to me by my friend Kenleigh. You can do any variation of this, including using chicken breasts or chicken tenders. I prefer tenders, just because they're not as huge. You can also use spicy jalapenos or find a brand that's not as spicy. Anything is wonderful when it's wrapped in bacon, so the sky is the limit with this recipe! We like to serve with green beans and potatoes. As a pre-dinner drink, we also made Scrumptiously Sassy's Gin & Lemondade. It's the perfect cold refreshing drink on a hot day!
Spicy BBQ Chicken Wraps
Chicken Breasts or Tenders (I used 13 tenders)
1 pound bacon, uncooked
1 package of cream cheese, softened
Seasonings of your choice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 stick butter
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
a few shakes of your favorite hot sauce
Place a few tenders at a time into a ziploc bag and flatten with a tenderizer. Repeat this until all meat is fairly thin, but not torn apart. In a bowl, mix together minced garlic, cream cheese and however much of the chopped jalapeno you prefer. I like to add a little Tony's creole seasoning at this step.
Season all the chicken tenders with seasonings of your choice. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture down the center of each tender, then roll. Wrap each roll with one slice of bacon, making sure the bacon covers the end so the cheesy goodness doesn't leak out! Secure with a toothpick. At this point, you can set these in the refrigerator if you plan on cooking later. If cooking immediately, continue on!
Melt the stick of butter in a small pot. Once melted, add Worcestershire sauce and a few shakes of the hot sauce, stir well. When your coals have turned white, place the chicken wraps on the grill. Baste with the butter mixture frequently. Cook until chicken is cooked through. Make sure to tell your guests to be cautious of the toothpicks when eating!
The Verdict: We've been cooking this for years and I think it gets better each time! This is a fantastic dish to fix when you're having a few friends over for a fun summer BBQ. If you use chicken breasts, you may require more than one piece of bacon to wrap around it! We had a couple of pieces left over, and I'm going to hide them from my husband so I can have them for lunch tomorrow! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
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