Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken

Okay, so this is something that I don’t even know if I can count as a recipe.

But…then…I certainly never had it growing up. And I didn’t know how it would turn out. And it turned out GREAT. So maybe you want to know how to make it, too!

It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner because it’s incredibly quick and easy to make. It’s adjustable – make it low fat with chicken breasts, kosher with turkey bacon, or gluten free with gluten free teriyaki sauce.

That’s right…I’m using bottled teriyaki sauce and calling this a recipe.

Because if you never grew up wrapping things in bacon, it’s a gosh darned near revelation.

Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken

2013-03-27 meatloaf Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 cup teriyaki sauce

1 onion, diced

4 strips thick cut bacon

1 dash of sambal olek or sriracha

IMG_0886 1. Lay the onions in the bottom of a baking dish and preheat the oven to 350F. Then, wrap each of the bacon pieces around the chicken, with the ends underneath the chicken on the bottom so they are secured. The chicken may be wrapped diagonally, horizontally, or any which way…it really doesn’t matter. You just want as much of the bacon on the top of the chicken as possible.

IMG_0889 2. Pour over the teriyaki sauce and drizzle on the sriracha or pepper paste. Then, pop it in the oven for about 30 minutes, basting the chicken with the juices and teriyaki sauce every 10 minutes.

IMG_0915 3. When the chicken is almost done – within 5 minutes of being totally done – set the oven to broil for about 4 minutes, or until the chicken is finished, the bacon is very crisp, and the teriyaki sauce makes the whole kitchen smell savory and sweet.

IMG_0924 This is some really tasty chicken. It’s juicy and soft, with bacon that is so insanely crispy on top that it shatters between your teeth. The sugars in the sauce caramelize on the bacon, giving it a candied sensation and the sriracha adds a touch of heat. The onions pretty much melt into the sauce, which itself is perfect atop mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower and kale (don’t worry, that recipe is coming). The bacon on the bottom isn’t really crispy, but if you turned the chicken it would be.

Or if you are lazy and an inner fat kid like me, you just eat that floppy bacon on the bottom and you like it.

That’s what she said.