Spicy Chicken and Bacon Appetizer Bites

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Indulge in these mouthwatering Spicy Chicken and Bacon Appetizer Bites, where tender chicken meets the bold flavors of jalapeno and cream cheese, all wrapped in a crisp bacon embrace. Cooked to perfection in an air fryer, these bites offer a healthier twist to fried appetizers without compromising on taste. Perfect for your next party or as a savory snack, they’re sure to be a hit!

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Spicy Chicken and Bacon Appetizer Bites

Essential Ingredients for Flavorful Bites

  • Chicken: Opt for chicken breasts for their lean meat, though thighs could add more juiciness if preferred.
  • Bacon: Thin-cut bacon ensures a perfect wrap that becomes crispy without overcooking the chicken.
  • Seasoning Blend: A mix of brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, onion and garlic powders, and cayenne pepper coats the chicken and bacon, adding a sweet and spicy profile.
  • Cream Cheese: Adds a creamy texture and rich flavor that complements the spicy jalapeno.
  • Jalapeno Peppers: Keep the seeds for an extra spicy kick or remove them for a milder version.

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Appetizer Bites

Advance Preparation Tips

Prepare these bites ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, ensuring they’re ready to be cooked whenever you need them.

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Appetizer Bites

Oven Baking Method

If your air fryer is occupied, bake these bites in the oven on a parchment-lined sheet until the bacon is crispy and the chicken reaches a safe internal temperature.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Refrigerate any leftover bites for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven or air fryer for best results.

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Appetizer Bites

Ingredients for Spicy Chicken and Bacon Appetizer Bites

  • 12 slices of thin-cut bacon, halved
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar
  • Spices: ½ teaspoon each of chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts (about 1 pound [454g]), cubed
  • 8 ounces (227g) cream cheese, sliced into 24 pieces
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, sliced into 24 rounds

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Seasoning: Combine brown sugar and spices, then coat the chicken cubes in half the mixture. Set aside.
  2. Bacon Prep: Lay out bacon slices, sprinkle with the remaining spice mix, place a chicken cube at one end, top with cream cheese and a jalapeno slice, then wrap.
  3. Air Frying: Arrange the bites in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t touch. Cook at 390°F (199°C) for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway, until the bacon is crispy and chicken is cooked through.
  4. Serving: Allow the bites to cool slightly before serving, ideally with a dipping sauce for an extra flavor kick.

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Appetizer Bites are a delightful combination of flavors and textures, making them the perfect choice for anyone looking for a tasty, easy-to-make appetizer. Whether served at a gathering or enjoyed as a special snack, they’re sure to impress!

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Appetizer Bites

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