I’ve been known to say that you can make dirt taste good by adding bacon. I stand by that statement. Bacon is like ketchup, but BETTER. If you want your kids to eat something, add bacon or ketchup. Or sometimes even both. Do you know that my brother in law puts ketchup on everything? E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. Of course, we can’t really stand by his culinary genius, because he also wraps his Pop Tarts in cheese. So, he doesn’t count.
But yes, I am a bacon lover. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t have bacon in SOMETHING. Last night on Pinterest I saw someone wrapping their Cinnamon Rolls in bacon. Now that, my friends, is culinary genius. Chocolate Bacon. Bacon Bacon. Candied Bacon. The world has gone crazy over bacon. And I hate to say this…but I liked bacon before liking bacon was the cool thing to do. Of course, I was frugal before frugal was cool too – I hope eventually that OCD will also be cool and then I’ll really fit in.
The idea for this one is a take off of Maple Sesame Chicken from Crock On. That’s one of the most popular recipes in the whole book – and for good reason. It’ll make you slap yo mama.
For this genius idea of mine, I used this Apple Smoked Bacon from Trader Joes. It’s probably some of the best bacon I have ever had – including our homemade bacon. When you smell it cooking, it makes you want to cry with desire. It also makes you want to kick everyone else out of the house so you don’t have to share. It makes you tell the 4 year old, “this is spicy, you won’t like it” (liar, liar, pants on fire!). Bacon does crazy things to me, man.
You could use any bacon for this – including turkey bacon. I don’t want to shock anyone here, but I’m also a fan of turkey bacon. I really like it. My mom always fixed it when I was growing up, because it’s cheaper than pork bacon most of the time. I’m an equal opportunity bacon eater – embrace diversity!
This bacon-wrapped chicken soaks itself in a marinade of maple syrup and chili powder. I know, I know. You can’t handle much more awesomeness.
If you want to make something edible, add maple syrup and/or bacon. Adding both just gives you extra brownies points for the husband. I hate to say it, but I think Barry cried a little while he was eating this. It’s a tender moment – makes you realize home cooking is where it’s AT. Boom.
Each piece of chicken is delicately wrapped in its own piece of bacon. Smelling it cook all day might just drive you off the edge. So, in order that you don’t lose your mind, here are some cooking options:
1. Leave the house.
2. Put the crock outside while crocking (unless you live in the country and that’s just a recipe for inviting every stray dog and squirrel within a 50 mile radius).
3. “Accidentally” burn something in the oven so the smoke covers up the bacon smell.
I won’t lie to y’all – this is probably the best crock pot recipe I’ve made to date. I know that’s saying a lot, since I’ve got two cookbooks and I’ve been posting crock pot recipes for over three years.
And I’ll leave you with my new quote: “Bacon is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
Crock Pot Maple Bacon Wrapped Chicken
- 1 ½ pounds chicken breast (about 4 breasts)
- 8 slices bacon
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- BBQ sauce for serving, if desired
- Rice for serving
- Wrap each breast (saying breast is weirdo) with two pieces of bacon.
- Place chicken in bottom of 5 quart crock.
- Combine chili powder and maple syrup.
- Pour mixture over chicken.
- Cover and cook on low 6 hours.
- Remove with slotted spoon and serve over rice.
- Top with BBQ sauce if desired – Barry liked his that way, I liked mine plain.
Yield: 4 servings
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