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Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken
I have had a slow cooker for a few years now but I find that I hardly ever use it and when I do it is usually for things like pulled pork. I almost feel like I need to justify it taking up space when I have so little so I am always on the lookout for good slow cooker recipes to give it a workout. I recently came across a this tasty looking recipe for slow cooker bacon wrapped apple BBQ chicken on Chef in Training and with apples in season it seemed like the perfect chance to pull my slow cooker out! I mean you really cannot go wrong with BBQ chicken and if you then throw apples and bacon into the mix things can only get better! One thing that I do like about slow cooker recipes is that they are generally really easy, sometimes being as simple as throwing all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and turning it on and then you come home to a fully cooked one pot meal. This recipe is only requires you to dice some apples and wrap the chicken in bacon so it is easily doable even on a busy weekday morning and it is so worth the ten minutes of effort! The chicken comes out nice and moist and tender and the flavours of the bacon have melted into the chicken and BBQ creating one really tasty dish!

Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken
I served the slow cooker bacon wrapped apple BBQ chicken with some cheesy broccoli quinoa (recipe coming soon).

Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken

Bacon wrapped chicken breasts in a sweet and tangy apple BBQ sauce that is super easy to make and addictively good!


Servings: makes 2 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 2 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 large apples, peeled and cur into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Directions
  1. Wrap each chicken breast in 2 slices of bacon and place in a slow cooker.
  2. Mix the BBQ sauce, apples and lemon juice and pour it over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.

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46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you cooking for one? Hubby would eat that by himself, lol. If I double the chicken do I need to double everything else too? Thanks

slywlf said...

The flavor combo sounds yummy, but cooked this way the bacon will not only not be crisp, but sounds like it would be downright flabby - how did it really come out? I'm dying to try it, but this is the one sticking point.

Cathy said...

This looks really tasty, but small boneless chicken breast on high for 8 hours? I did a 4 pound pot roast last night in the crock pot in 3 hours on high. I bet this could be done in two hours max or 45 minutes in the oven at 350. Love your recipes .. this one seems off on the time in the crockpot.

Peabody said...

So making this! I'm not allergic to a darn thing in it. :)
Did you use your Ninja for that?
Keep the slow cooker recipes coming Kevin!

Maureen said...

I'm determined to use my slow cooker more often and this is a perfect recipe to start with.

Bree said...

This looks great!

Debbie said...

Sounds yummy! Great idea!

Ashley said...

I'm definitely gonna give this a try! Always looking for new slow cooker recipes.

cher said...

This looks so good ! Plus sounds easy to make which is the best ! I have to try this !!! Thanks Kevin !!

Cheryle

Jackie @ The Beeroness said...

I don't own a slow cooker. I'm thinking about it, seems like a great option when I'm super busy. This looks fabulous :)

Jess said...

Could you use some chicken thighs instead of boneless skinless breasts? I just bought some and this would be perfect because I have everything else on hand. thanks!

Adora's Box said...

The combo sounds like a winner. You are right you can't go wrong with barbecue chicken.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Yes, this recipe easily doubles by doubling all of the ingredients. Enjoy!

Kevin said...

slywlf: The bacon is there for the flavour and not for the texture and it will not be crisp. The bacon pretty much melts into the chicken infusing it with its flavour!

Kevin said...

Jess: Chicken thighs would definitely work and they have more flavour that the breasts!

Kevin said...

Peabody: The Ninja would be perfect for this!

The Food Hound said...

I've seen this before but now it's printed and in my 'to-make' pile! Love it when I find a good crock pot recipe- it's a rare thing! This has bacon- it's sure to be fab :)

Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} said...

I don't use my slow cooker nearly enough either! You had me at bacon, btw!! :)

We Are Not Martha said...

I recently got a slow cooker and must try this recipe! Chicken wrapped in bacon MUST be a winner!

Sues

Allison Day said...

This looks fantastic, just one more reason I need a slow cooker! Now just to convince my boyfriend that we have the space in our kitchen for one (which we totally don't...) ;)

Anonymous said...

Thia looks good, though the bacon is basically just for the flavor, when I make this recipe I will par cook the bacon.

Marlene said...

Where can I find the nutrician value?

Heather Jenkins said...

looks good!

Anonymous said...

Have to try this for super

emilybites said...

I made this yesterday with turkey bacon and it was delicious! Thanks for the yummy recipe :)

aisha powell said...

In the crockpot now. I'm trying it with skinless thighs. Fingers crossed!

Anonymous said...

I made this today and am so disappointed. It was pretty much inedible. What a waste of money and food. I don't know what I did wrong. Sorry, but yuck.

Autumn said...

Okay, I was a little worried about this recipe too, with all those different flavors and soft bacon all coming together! Well...I must say this was by far one of the BEST slow cooker recipes I have ever tried! Keep in mind I did change a few things. We are a family of 5, so I used a bag of frozen chicken (thawed), 1 pk of bacon, 4 red apples and 1 bottle of BBQ sauce. I cooked it on high for 4 1/2 hours. Also, to solve the soft bacon issue, after chicken was done I spooned out the chicken and put them in a glass baking pan and put it in the oven for about 10 minutes on BROIL. We served them over white rice...but next time I would like to try it over mash potatoes! This recipe was AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

Autumn, thanks that as helpful!!

Tiffany said...

Currently cooking this and the problem I'm seeing is the potential of bacon grease. Either the sauce is breaking down, my chicken wasn't fully thawed (it had no ice when I cut the breasts in half to accommodate the size of my small slow cooker, so I'm assuming that wasn't the problem), or the bacon grease is making the sauce extremely watery. Do you just serve the barbeque sauce with the bacon grease in it? If not, how do you separate the barbeque from the bacon grease?

Kevin said...

Tiffany: The sauce should end up being pretty thick. It sounds like your chicken might have had a lot of water in it. I serve the sauce with the bacon grease in it as it adds flavour but it does add calories.

Anonymous said...

tried it. was left with a greasy, watery sauce and the bacon was hardly edible.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: What kind of apples and bacon did you use?

Anonymous said...

2 smal breasts for EIGHT HOURS?!

You on drugs.

Anonymous said...

Made This today. 8 hours was too long. Sauce and apples burned. It was still edible but will def try 4-6 hrs next time

Kevin said...

Anonymous: This dish does not need the 8 hours, the 4-6 will definitely work and the apples will retain more of their texture with the reduced cooking time. I normally make this dish on weeknights so I put it in the slow cooker before I go to work and then pull it out when I get back, which is often closer to 10 hours and it has never burnt on me. Were there a lot of liquids (the apple bbq sauce) left in the slow cooker when you pulled it out?

Anonymous said...

I made this recipe with four breast, doubled everything omitted nothing and added nothing and it was DELICIOUS!!!! The bacon adds a great flavor to the sauce.

Kyi said...

Would you recommend browning the chicken and half cooking the bacon to reduce the amount of fat from the bacon as well as getting rid of some of the water from the chicken or is that unnecessary? Also, would it be ok to prepare the dish half way (like cook for 3-4 hours), refrigerate, and then cook it for a few more hours the next day to finish? Or maybe even sauteeing the apples in a pan before adding to the crock pot?

Kevin Lynch said...

Kyi: You don't need to pre-cook the chicken but partially cooking the bacon will help remove some of the fat before adding it to the crockpot. You can cook it half way one day and finish it the next. You should not need to pre-cook the apples as they will be done before the chicken.

Anonymous said...

I am going to try this for my super Bowl Sunday Meal.

zelryn said...

Can I use Fuji Apple on this recipes? Afraid of the watery issue...

Kevin Lynch said...

zelryn: That should not be a problem. Even if the sauce is a bit more liquid-y it will still work and be good!

JessA said...

I was very excited about this but I have come home after 6 hours and I'm sad to say I'm not sure I will actually eat it! I'm sure the chicken has overcooked as it is rock solid to the touch and the apple bbq sauce mixture smells like aeroplane food! Not cool. If I get the nerve up to try it i'l let you know, but I might just order in tonight and scrap it, which is something I rarely do. Looking at the picture, I wonder how yours came out all crisp looking and browned like that...mine is pale and sad looking :(

Kevin Lynch said...

JessA: Yes, it sounds like something went wrong there! I have never had the chicken go hard! The moisture trapped in the slow cooker should ensure that everything was nice and moist. Could the lid have been ajar?

Anonymous said...

Do the chicken breasts need to be thawd or would it be okay to wrap frozen chicken breasts and throw it all in the slow cooker? Thanks Kayla

Kevin Lynch said...

Kayla: I have never tried from frozen so I would recommend thawing them first.

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