Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Recipe

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When it comes to comfort food, few recipes can rival air fryer bacon-wrapped chicken thighs. This mouth-watering dish encapsulates the best of home cooking – familiar yet exciting, simple yet full of flavor.

Each time I prepare this recipe, it brings delight not just to me but to the whole dining table. It’s the kind of dish that turns a normal dinner into a special occasion kind of meal. If you love chicken, bacon, or honey – or better yet, all three – this is one recipe you must try.

Roast Chicken Thighs

Why You Will Love These Chicken Thighs

I’m confident that you will absolutely adore this bacon-wrapped chicken thighs recipe, and let me tell you why.

Chicken Thighs Bacon

First off, who can resist the delicious combination of tender, juicy chicken, sweet honey, and smoky bacon? The chicken, coated in a unique blend of spices, gets a deep, savory flavor that contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the honey.

Plus, the aroma – oh, the aroma! As the chicken roasts, the smell that fills your kitchen is enough to make your mouth water in anticipation. It’s the kind of smell that brings everyone to the table without even having to call them.

At first glance, you might see a typical roast chicken dish, but when the aromatic smokiness of bacon mingles with the rich sweetness of honey, you realize you’re about to dive into a taste experience that’s anything but ordinary!

Tools

  • Oven: Essential for roasting the chicken.
  • Mixing bowl: Useful for preparing the honey glaze.
  • Disposable food prep gloves: Helpful for handling and marinating the chicken.
  • Basting brush: Ideal for applying oil to the grill and basting the chicken.
  • Toothpicks: You need these to secure the bacon wraps around the chicken thighs, keeping them in shape while cooking.
Disposable Food Prep Gloves

Ingredients

  • Chicken thighs: Chicken thighs are juicy and tender, perfect for this recipe. You can also use chicken breast if you prefer.
  • Smoked bacon: Bacon adds an extra layer of flavor and a delightful crunch.
  • For the seasoning mixture and glaze:
  • Rosemary: This aromatic herb enhances the overall flavor profile.
  • Garlic powder: Garlic powder adds a robust, earthy flavor.
  • Ground pepper: Adds mild heat to the chicken.
  • Kosher salt: Brings out the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Red pepper powder: Gives the chicken a spicy touch.
  • Dried oregano: Adds a hint of sweetness and a slight peppery note.
  • Roasted sesame seeds: These seeds contribute a pleasing crunch and a nutty flavor.
  • Annatto oil: This oil is used in the marinade to help incorporate all the flavors. It also gives the chicken a more vibrant color.
  • Honey: Honey provides a subtle sweetness and helps achieve a golden glaze on the chicken.
  • Olive oil: This oil is used for making the honey glaze and preventing the chicken from sticking to the grill.
Smoked Bacon

Directions

Step 1: Season The Chicken

To start, you’ll need to season the chicken. Create a mixture using kosher salt, ground pepper, red pepper powder, dried oregano, garlic powder, olive oil, and a tablespoon of honey. Next, sprinkle in some rosemary for an aromatic touch.

Season The Chicken

Ensure the chicken is thoroughly coated in this mixture, paying special attention to getting some under the skin. This allows the flavor to penetrate deeply into the meat. Set your seasoned chicken aside.

Seasoned Chicken

Step 2: Wrap The Chicken In Bacon

Carefully wrap each chicken thigh with two slices of bacon. Once wrapped, secure the bacon to the chicken using a toothpick. This not only keeps the bacon in place as it shrinks while cooking but also adds a visually appealing touch to your dish.

Wrap The Chicken In Bacon

Step 3: Roast The Chicken

With the chicken prepped, it’s time to roast. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 200 degrees Celsius), ensuring a stable temperature from the onset of cooking.

To prevent the chicken from sticking to the grill, give it a light oil coating with a basting brush.

Oil Coating With A Basting

Once done, place the wrapped chicken on the grill and pop it in the oven. Let it cook for 15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pop It In The Oven

During this time, prepare a basting mixture with olive oil, roasted sesame seeds, and a tablespoon of honey. This is your glazing sauce.

Glazing Sauce

After 15 minutes, take the chicken out of the oven and brush it with the glazing sauce. Flip the chicken thighs over, and return them to the oven.

For the next phase of roasting, reduce the temperature to 356 degrees Fahrenheit (or about 180 degrees Celsius) and let it cook for another 10 minutes.

Chicken Out And Sweep The Glazed Sauce

At this point, your kitchen should be filled with the irresistible aroma of roasting meat. You can utilize this time to prepare a simple side dish. A suggestion would be a blend of boiled curly kale, air-fryer potatoes, and zucchini, tossed with some mayonnaise.

I’ll list a couple more of my favorite accompaniments below, so remember to check them out!

Step 4: Finishing the Dish

Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and serve it hot with the prepared salad on the side. And there you have it – a savory and delicious dish of bacon wrapped chicken thighs, ready for you to enjoy.

Finishing the Dish

Cook The Chicken Using An Air Fryer

If using an oven is not convenient, an air fryer serves as an excellent alternative for this recipe.

Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer

First, you should preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit for a consistent cooking environment for the chicken.

While your air fryer is heating up, prep your chicken thighs as per the recipe. Wrap each chicken thigh with bacon, securing it with a toothpick if needed.

Step 2: Place The Chicken Into The Air Fryer Basket

Once the air fryer is heated, carefully place your prepared chicken thighs in the basket. Make sure they’re not overlapping, which allows the heat to be evenly distributed, leading to uniformly cooked chicken.

Step 3: Air-Fry The Chicken

Let the chicken thighs cook for about 10 minutes. This gives the chicken a good head start and begins to render out some of the fat. After 10 minutes, flip the chicken thighs over and brush them with the glazing sauce.

Cook the chicken thighs for 10-12 minutes more. It’s important to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, which should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Note

Cooking times can vary depending on your specific air fryer model, so be sure to check the chicken periodically and adjust the cooking time as necessary.

Tips And Tricks

  • The proportion of the spices used in the marinade has been planned to ensure optimal flavor for the chicken. However, cooking often requires a personal touch, so adjust the quantities based on your personal preferences.
  • When using honey in the glaze, less is more. An excess of honey can cause the chicken to burn in the oven, an outcome that should be avoided for the best results.
  • To ensure that your chicken thighs develop that beautifully crispy skin, remember to pat them dry before you begin the seasoning process.
  • A meat thermometer is an amazing tool for checking the chicken’s doneness. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone. Aim for an internal temperature of 165 degrees F for perfectly cooked chicken.

How To Store The Dish

For short-term storage, simply place the roast chicken thighs in airtight containers and refrigerate. They will stay good for up to four days.

If you’d like to store the dish for a longer period, freezing is a great option. When stored properly in a freezer-safe, airtight container, the chicken can last up to four months in the freezer.

When you’re ready to enjoy the dish again, defrost the frozen chicken in the fridge for a night and then reheat gently. For the best results, reheat in an oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Note-Worthy Variations

  • Chicken Choices: For a leaner option, you can opt to use skinless or boneless chicken thighs. Just note that you might need to slightly adjust the cooking time. I recommend taking about 10 to 15 minutes from the roasting time.
  • Spice Swap: Substitute the oregano and rosemary with other spices, such as smoked paprika, thyme, or a pinch of curry powder, for a different flavor profile.
  • Vegetable Addition: Add root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, or parsnips to the roasting tray. They’ll cook in the chicken juices and develop a delectable flavor.
  • Different Sweeteners: Consider using maple syrup or brown sugar instead of honey for a subtle change in sweetness.
  • Citrus Twist: Add a squeeze of lemon or orange juice to the marinade for a bright, tangy flavor that contrasts beautifully with the rich chicken and bacon.
  • Heat Factor: If you like a bit of heat, add a little cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce to the marinade.

Side Dish Suggestions

  • Roasted Vegetables: Enhance the hearty flavors of this succulent dish with an assortment of roasted veggies. Root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and parsnips are a great choice. You can roast them alongside the chicken.
  • Green Salad: For a light and fresh counterpoint to the richness of the chicken and bacon, consider serving a crisp green salad. Arugula or mixed greens with a simple vinaigrette would be a great choice.
  • Grilled Asparagus or Green Beans: Grilled or roasted green veggies like asparagus or green beans would make a nice side dish, providing a slight crunch and freshness.
  • Mashed Potatoes: These are a classic choice. The rich, smooth texture of the potatoes is a perfect match for the flavorsome chicken.
  • Rice or Quinoa: A fluffy bed of rice or quinoa can soak up the wonderful juices from the chicken and bacon, making it a delightful accompaniment.
  • Coleslaw: A tangy, crunchy coleslaw can provide a refreshing contrast to the savory chicken and bacon.

Other Delicious Chicken Recipes To Try

  • Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken: This dish, also known as Ga Kho, is a delicious Vietnamese recipe where chicken is bathed in a sweet and savory caramel sauce. It’s typically served with steamed rice for a satisfying meal.
  • Air Fryer Orange Chicken: This is a healthier version of the popular Chinese take-out dish, where the chicken is air fried instead of deep-fried, then coated in a tangy, sweet, and slightly spicy orange sauce.
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice: This is a well-loved dish from Hainan province in southern China, popular in numerous Asian countries. The chicken is gently poached, resulting in tender, juicy meat, while the rice is cooked in the chicken broth, absorbing all its rich flavors.
  • Fried Chicken With Rice: Simple yet satisfying, this dish features crispy, golden fried chicken served alongside fluffy, aromatic rice. You can pair it with plenty of sauces or gravies to suit your taste.

FAQs

The best method to ensure your chicken is cooked is to use a meat thermometer. It should reach 165 degrees F at the thickest part of the thigh.

Of course! You can leave out the bacon. The honey and spices will still make the chicken flavorful.

Yes, but remember that chicken breasts might turn out a bit drier than thighs, so be careful not to overcook them. You might also need to change the cooking time.

Of course! Do try out different herbs and spices to create your unique flavor combination. This recipe is quite versatile.

Yes, you can prepare the chicken and store it in the fridge before roasting. Allow the chicken to reach temperature before cooking.

Fans Of Chicken And Bacon Assemble!

I hope you’re excited to try these roast chicken thighs at home. Remember, cooking is about having fun and enjoying the process. So experiment with the ingredients and make this recipe truly your own!

I’m super eager to hear your thoughts on today’s recipe. Did you make any changes? How did it turn out? Please drop a comment below – your feedback means a lot! And if you enjoyed this recipe, please like and share it with your loved ones. They will adore it as much as you do.

Roast Chicken Thighs With Honey Bacon

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer bacon wrapped chicken thighs is a dish that perfectly combines savory, sweet, and smoky flavors in a symphony of taste. Don’t miss out on such a mouth-watering recipe!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 536kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs (approximately 1 pound)
  • 8 slices of smoked bacon (approximately 0.44 pounds)

For the marinade

  • 5 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of annatto oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

For the glaze

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1.5 teaspoons of roasted sesame seeds

Instructions 

  • Create a mixture using kosher salt, ground pepper, red pepper powder, dried oregano, garlic powder, olive oil, and honey.
  • Sprinkle in some rosemary.
    Season The Chicken
  • Ensure the chicken is thoroughly coated in this mixture, paying special attention to getting some under the skin.
  • Set your seasoned chicken aside.
    Seasoned Chicken
  • Carefully wrap each chicken thigh with two slices of bacon.
  • Once wrapped, secure the bacon to the chicken using a toothpick.
    Wrap The Chicken In Bacon
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To prevent the chicken from sticking to the grill, give it a light oil coating with a basting brush.
    Oil Coating With A Basting
  • Once done, place the wrapped chicken on the grill and pop it in the oven.
  • Let it cook for 15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Pop It In The Oven
  • Prepare a basting mixture with olive oil, roasted sesame seeds, and honey. This is your glazing sauce.
    Glazing Sauce
  • After 15 minutes, take the chicken out of the oven and brush it with the glazing sauce.
  • Flip the chicken thighs over, and return them to the oven.
  • Reduce the temperature to 356 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Let it cook for another 10 minutes.
    Chicken Out And Sweep The Glazed Sauce
  • Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the oven.
  • Enjoy!
    Finishing the Dish

Video

Notes

  • The proportion of the spices used in the marinade has been planned to ensure optimal flavor for the chicken. However, cooking often requires a personal touch, so adjust the quantities based on your personal preferences.
  • When using honey in the glaze, less is more. An excess of honey can cause the chicken to burn in the oven, an outcome that should be avoided for the best results.
  • To ensure that your chicken thighs develop that beautifully crispy skin, remember to pat them dry before you begin the seasoning process.
  • A meat thermometer is an amazing tool for checking the chicken’s doneness. You’re looking for an internal temperature of 165 grades F for perfectly cooked chicken.

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 961mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 328IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
Richie

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Saigon Culinary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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  • Focus: Vietnamese and Asian cuisines with intensive training and hands-on approach.

Vietnam Australia Vocational School (VAAC), Hanoi, Vietnam

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Richie, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a dynamic Content Writer with a talent for capturing the essence of culinary art.

Richie specializes in creating visually appealing and tasty content, offering a new angle on Vietnamese and other culinary traditions. With a background in graphic design and a love for food styling and photography, he expertly combines beauty with food narratives, encouraging his audience to discover the culinary world through his imaginative perspective.

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