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Make weeknight easy, dinner party elegant Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs with 4 simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes of prep! Succulent chicken thighs enveloped in perfectly cooked bacon are nothing short of spectacular.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs served on a white oval platter photographed from above.

Assemble these juicy parcels just before baking or several hours in advance. An ideal main course for gatherings where the last thing you want is to spend the evening in the kitchen.

Ingredients You Need to Make Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Ingredients on a white marble board.
  • Chicken Thighs: boneless and skinless
  • Bacon: ideally thin cut
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper: ideally freshly ground

Tips for Success

  1. If you love crispy bacon, look for thinnest bacon slices you can find. If you love your bacon juicy and pliable with crispy edges, look for slightly thicker bacon. I don’t recommend thick cut bacon because it’s more difficult to wrap around the thighs.
  2. While wrapping the chicken thighs, keep the thighs as flat as possible and avoid overlapping the bacon. A double thickness will take longer to cook and you won’t get an even crispiness. And when placing the wrapped thighs on the baking rack, give each one a little space for even cooking all the way around.
  3. For easy cleanup, line your rimmed baking sheet with foil before adding the oven safe rack to catch all the drips.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs served on a white oval platter.

FAQ

Can I substitute chicken breasts for thighs? 

Yes, absolutely, but you’ll want to make a couple of adjustments. Boneless skinless chicken breasts will cook 5 to 10 minutes faster than skinless boneless chicken thighs at 400˚F (20-25 minutes), so you’ll want to partially cook your bacon before wrapping the breasts (find directions for this in my Bacon Wrapped Shrimp post.) Note that baked chicken breasts tend to be drier than thighs, but the bacon will help with that!

Do I need to pre-cook the chicken thighs?

There’s no need to pre-cook the chicken thighs. They’ll bake for 25-30 minutes at 400˚F, so they’ll be cooked through (test them with an instant read thermometer if you have any doubt – it should read at least 165˚F). Cloaked in bacon, they’ll retain their juiciness and absorb some of the bacon’s smoky flavor. 

How can you tell if the thighs are done?

The most accurate way to know when thighs are done is to test them in the thickest part with an instant read thermometer – it should read at least 165˚F. 

Recipe Options

  • Embellish the simple seasoning with your favorite fresh or dry herbs. Fresh rosemary and thyme or sage and oregano are good options. Or try brown sugar and a dusting of cayenne pepper or any dry rubs or spice mixtures meant for chicken. 
  • Try different bacon styles, hickory smoked or maple bacon are good options.

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How to Make Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Season chicken thighs with kosher salt and pepper and wrap each thigh with a strip of bacon. Arrange bacon wrapped thighs in a single layer on an oven safe rack placed inside a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet.

boneless skinless chicken thighs wrapped in bacon on wire rack before baking.

Bake in a 400˚F preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F on an instant read thermometer.

chicken thighs wrapped in bacon on wire rack after baking.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 226
Servings: 8 chicken thighs
A quick and easy recipe for tender, juicy chicken thighs wrapped in smoky bacon.

Ingredients  

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs ~ 4-ounces each
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 bacon slices ideally thin slices (see recipe note)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Place an oven-safe rack inside a foil lined rimmed baking sheet (for easy cleanup).
  • Season chicken thighs with kosher salt and pepper. (Keep in mind that bacon is salty, so take care to not over season with salt.)
  • Wrap each chicken thigh with a slice of bacon and place on rack in baking sheet (keeping the thighs as flat as possible and taking care to minimize how much the bacon strip overlaps itself). Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until bacon is crisp to your liking and an instant read thermometer reads 165˚F in the center of thighs. Serve.

Notes

  1. Thin bacon slices work best here. Thick cut bacon is more difficult to wrap around the thighs and takes longer to cook.

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 320mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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14 Comments

  1. Raymund says:

    5 stars
    Bacon makes everything better, glad that you used thighs 😁

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thanks, Raymund!

  2. Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

    Bacon plus chicken – this combination simply cannot be wrong. And this chicken looks so succulent and hearty. Can also see this idea with prosciutto.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thanks so much, Ben!

  3. David @ Spiced says:

    5 stars
    Juicy chicken combined with crispy bacon!? You’ve got my attention! This sounds delicious, and I need to put it on the menu ASAP.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I think you and you family will really enjoy this, David!

  4. Katherine | Love In My Oven says:

    5 stars
    I would never say no to anything bacon-wrapped Marissa. These look so delicious! Perfect for a dinner party or date night!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      haha…who could say no? Thank you, Katherine!

  5. angiesrecipes says:

    Everything tastes better with bacon 🙂

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      It’s true.