This 35-minute air fryer bacon wrapped chicken recipe guarantees a simple, hassle-free lunch. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have juicy chicken breasts wrapped in chewy bacon, served alongside roasted vegetables.
Can You Cook Bacon in an Air Fryer?
Yes, you can, and when you do, all of the fat is easily collected, leaving you with a leaner piece of meat. It’s more efficient than, say, using a pan or oven.
Also, when wrapped around a chicken breast, the juices from the bacon fat will permeate through the meat, producing a juicy mix of textures and flavors.
Is Bacon Wrapped Chicken Healthy?
Bacon wrapped chicken is rich in proteins and micronutrients. Bacon alone, however, is high in saturated fats and sodium, and so it should be consumed in strict moderation.
We’re using just 1 oz per 5-oz chicken breast, bringing the total saturated fat and sodium content to 7.2 g and 571 mg respectively.
Chicken and bacon without some veg wouldn’t be fulfilling enough for most people, so we air-fried some potatoes and carrots with them. Each serving yields 493 calories, 18.2-23.5% of the daily recommendation.
If you’re a fan of healthy and delectable chicken breast recipes like this one, you’re sure to enjoy our chicken cordon bleu. Each breast is stuffed with a decadent cheese filling and baked to perfection.
Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Chicken
For this air fryer bacon wrapped chicken recipe, you’ll need some bacon, chicken breasts, veggies, and spices:
We used boneless skinless breasts, out of preference. You can choose boneless thighs if you prefer, skin-on or skinless.
Since chicken breasts are quite thick, we don’t recommend cooking them from the frozen state. If you have some in the freezer, follow our guide down below to defrost them quickly.
For this recipe, you don’t need to precook the strips of bacon. You can, however, briefly warm them on a pan for 1 minute per side if they need defrosting.
To keep the nutritional profile healthy, you should get bacon products with less than 197 mg sodium and 5 g saturated fats per 1 oz.
Because bacon already has tons of flavor, we only needed to include the basic seasonings: Cajun, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. You’re more than welcome to add your own ideas for a personal touch.
This dish is best served with some roasted potatoes and carrots. We tossed them with some butter, thyme, and oregano, so they turned out super fragrant.
To cook them in the same air fryer with the meat, we microwaved them first. Thick vegetables like beetroots can also be cooked this way, saving you a lot of time, and washing up.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Chicken in an Air Fryer
The steps are quite simple:
Microwave the vegetables.
Meanwhile, butterfly the chicken…
…then season it
Toss the veg with herbs and butter.
Wrap the chicken with bacon.
Place the veg and meat in the air fryer and cook.
Garnish with parsley and enjoy.
For more details, refer to our printable ‘Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Recipe’ card at the bottom. Precise ingredient measurements are necessary for a healthy serving.
Tips to Make Bacon Wrapped Chicken
To secure the bacon, you’ll need toothpicks — snap them in half and pin them at both of the strips’ ends. Make sure to not push the toothpicks in all the way, as you’ll need to pull them out later on.
If you don’t have toothpicks, it’s okay to use cooking strings. This step can be time-consuming, so an extra pair of hands will be greatly appreciated.
How to Store and Reheat Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Store the leftovers in container(s) and you can keep them in the fridge for 5 days. Simply air fry them at 400°F for 5 minutes to reheat.
Freezing the leftovers lets you keep them for 3 months, but you’ll need to thaw them in the fridge overnight and reheat as above. Alternatively, you can use a microwave to reheat from frozen; they’ll need about 5 minutes on medium to be reheated thoroughly.
When storing a large batch of food, we tend to put individual servings into separate reusable/ biodegradable bags instead of containers. This saves fridge space and makes reheating much more convenient.
Still, both cooked chicken breast and bacon will turn rubbery and dry once refrigerated and reheated. It’s best that you season and wrap the chicken breasts, freeze them, then thaw and cook them whenever needed.
What to Serve With Bacon Wrapped Chicken
To balance out the heaviness of this dish, we served it alongside our favorite salad: beet and feta cheese. It’s made with fresh arugula, cooked beetroots, feta, and orange segments that are vibrant in both color and flavor.
To round off the meal, we served it all with fresh lime juice, which is simple and high in vitamin C.
More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes We Love
We also have these 5 air fryer chicken recipes, dedicated to chicken lovers. The recipes are easy to follow and complied with our healthy eating standards.
- Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken Recipe
- Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe
- Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Recipe
- Air Fryer Greek Chicken Recipe
- Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs Recipe
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Recipe
This air fryer bacon wrapped chicken recipe takes 35 minutes to prepare — 15 minutes to cook, and 20 minutes to wait. It's simple to plan ahead.
- cook TIME 20 mins
- prep TIME 15 mins
- total TIME 35 mins
- COURSE Main Course
- CUISINE American
- SERVINGS servings
- CALORIES 491 kcal
- 22 ozpotatoes (cut into chunks)
- 8 ozbaby carrots (halved)
- 20 ozskinless boneless chicken breasts
- 1.5 tbspolive oil
- 1.5 tspCajun seasoning
- 1 tsppaprika
- 0.5 tspgarlic powder
- 0.5 tspground black pepper
- 0.3 tspsalt
- 0.3 tspcayenne
- 1 tbspunsalted butter (about 0.5 oz)
- 0.5 tspdried oregano
- 1 tspfresh thyme
- 4 ozraw cured bacon
- 2 tbspparsley (chopped)
Place 22 oz potatoes and 8 oz carrots into a bowl. Cover them with microwave-safe plastic wrap and microwave on medium for 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, butterfly the chicken breasts (20 oz total) by slicing them open, but not all the way.
Slather the butterflied chicken breasts with 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp Cajun, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp cayenne. Make sure to season them inside and out. Allow to marinate.
Carefully remove the plastic wrap from the veg bowl and toss them with 1 tbsp unsalted butter, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, and 1 tsp fresh thyme.
Wrap the seasoned chicken breasts with 4 oz bacon (about 2 slices per breast) and secure with toothpicks.
Place the veg and chicken in the air fryer, the chicken on top. Cook them at 400°F for 20 minutes.
Garnish with parsley and enjoy.