Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

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40 minutes
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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce are smoky and spicy with the right amount of sweetness.  They make a great appetizer or entree.

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I make these A LOT for my clients and they never fail to please!

Everything is better with bacon and chicken tenders are just screaming to be wrapped in a slice of smoky, delicious bacon!  Chicken tenders are just the right size with one strip wrapped around to cook through in a non-stick skillet in about 10 minutes.

First, though, you need to remove the tendon from the tender.  Yeah, not the most pleasant but eating it is worse.

How to remove the tendon from chicken tenders:

The easiest way I have found to remove the tendon WITHOUT destroying the delicate tender is to simply cut it out with kitchen shears.

  • Hold the tip of the tendon with one hand and kitchen shears in the other.
  • Run the open scissors along the tendon down to where it ends snipping as you go.
  • Done!

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You could do two slices around the tender, but I think the bacon would then be overwhelming.  Chicken tenders are just the right size with one strip wrapped around to cook through in a non-stick skillet in about 10 minutes.

My amazing 89-year-old father grows some of the most beautiful raspberry bushes on the planet and we are the happy recipients of the abundance each year.

We still had some in the freezer from last year which is what I used.  Use frozen raspberries from your local grocery store or even raspberry preserves to make this sauce.  (Raspberry preserves can be on the sweet side, so sure to adjust the sweetness to your taste.)

This dish can be adapted easily to the Paleo diet by using honey instead of sugar in the Raspberry Chipotle Sauce.

Now let’s eat!

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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce are smoky and spicy with the right amount of sweetness.  They make a great appetizer or entree.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Chicken and Turkey, Main Course / Entrees
Cuisine Southwestern / Mexican
Servings 2
Calories 657 kcal

Ingredients
  

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small red onion - finely chopped (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 bag (12-ounce) frozen raspberries
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar - or as needed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste

Tenders

  • 1 package (8-ounce) chicken tenders
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon - or 1 per tender

Instructions
 

Sauce

  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often until soft, approximately 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 8-10 minutes or until thickened and reduced by 1/3. Remove from the heat and cool.
  • Puree in a food processor or blender.
  • Strain through a sieve, pressing on solids to extract as much sauce as possible. Serve sauce with chicken tenders.

Tenders

  • Season chicken tenders with salt and black pepper. (You may wish to lighten up on the salt as the bacon is salty.)
  • Wrap a bacon slice around each chicken tender.
  • Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the chicken tenders in the pan with the end of the bacon strip down. (This will help "seal" the bacon onto the chicken.)
  • Brown the chicken well on all sides until bacon is crisp and chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD:  Sauce can be made 2-3 days ahead of time.  Refrigerate until needed.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY:  Both the tenders and the sauce can be frozen for up to 1-2 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator then reheat in the oven.  Sauce can be reheated in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 2003mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 40g

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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  1. Kudos to you for all the spring cleaning. I am waiting to do early summer cleaning when the pollen is gone 🙂 Everything is yellow right now! And I am making these tenders ASAP for my family–we will love them!