This easy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders recipe is a simple flavorful recipe for juicy, crispy bacon covered chicken tenders baked in the oven. All you need is chicken, bacon and spices and you’ve got a delicious recipe that is Paleo, Keto, Gluten-free, and Whole30 compliant.

Piece of bacon wrapped chicken cut on a plate.

These Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders are a quick and yummy way to step up your chicken game!

All you really need is bacon, chicken, herbs and spices, and you have the best ever juicy oven baked chicken tenders wrapped in bacon.

The chicken on the inside is juicy and flavored by the bacon, and the bacon on the outside is crispy. YUM.

These tenders are perfect for dinner, as an appetizer or even a snack! They are always a crowd pleaser.

Why I love this recipe:

Two words: bacon wrapped.

Anything wrapped in bacon is delicious in my book. From bacon wrapped dates to bacon wrapped carrots to these bacon wrapped chicken tenders, it’s pretty clear that everything is better with bacon.

I also love that this recipe is made with a handful of simple real-food ingredients that comes together quickly.

They are also versatile and can be eaten as a meal, appetizer or snack.

Row of bacon wrapped chicken tenders on a serving plate.

Ingredients needed to make these Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders:

  • bacon
  • chicken tenders
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • chili powder
  • chili flakes
  • salt
  • pepper

Dietary tips:

  • If you are following a Paleo, Keto, or Whole30 diet: be sure to use bacon without any added sugars or nitrates.  I like Pederson’s farms Whole30 bacon.
  • If you are following a gluten-free or grain-free diet: make sure your spices don’t have any cross contamination with gluten.

How to cook bacon wrapped chicken tenders

Step 1- Cut and season the chicken.

  • cut the chicken into tender sized pieces
  • mix together salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika and chili flakes in a bowl
  • season the chicken

Step 2- Wrap the chicken tenders in bacon.

  • first, cut the strips on bacon in half, long ways
  • wrap each piece of bacon around the chicken ( you’ll use about 1.5 pieces of bacon per chicken tender)
Freshly baked chicken tenders wrapped in bacon.
Step 3

Step 3- Bake.

  • Bake them for about 35 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.
  • Broil for a few minutes if you need them to get more crispy.
    • Keep an eye on your chicken when it broils. Every oven is different and some are stronger than others. So check on them every minute or so.

How to serve them:

You can serve these chicken tenders with a wide variety of dipping sauces.

  • ranch
  • blue cheese dip
  • bbq sauce
  • honey mustard sauce
  • ketchup

If you are looking for healthier dip or sauce options, check out Primal Kitchens sauces. I also personally love this Paleo and Keto Ranch from Sir Kensingtons.

You can also serve this chicken with sides to make it a complete meal.

  • I like serving them with roasted potatoes and broccoli because it makes for a quick and filling nutritious meal
  • I also love serving these along side a big tomato salad
bacon wrapped chicken tenders on a blue plate

Recipe variations to try:

  1. Using smoked bacon instead of regular bacon
  2. Using turkey bacon
  3. Adding coconut sugar to the seasoning
  4. Adding maple syrup on top of the bacon prior to bacon
  5. Cutting the chicken into bite sized pieces prior to wrapping in bacon to make bite sized pieces.

Other yummy healthy bacon recipes you may enjoy:

Creamy Dairy-free Bacon and Mushroom Chicken– the sauce in this chicken recipe is so good, you could swim in it!

Bacon Wrapped Raspberry Stuffed Dates ( Paleo, Whole30)– these are ridiculously good. The raspberries melt into the dates creating a natural sweet jam that is covered in bacon. NOM.

Beef Roulade with Bacon, Onion, and Thyme {Whole30, Paleo}– this has to be one of the most simple but most flavorful ways to enjoy beef for me. It’s a must try recipe.

Fork stabbing a piece of bacon wrapped chicken.

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Easy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

This easy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders recipe is a simple flavorful recipe for juicy, crispy bacon covered chicken tenders baked in the oven. All you need is chicken, bacon and spices and you've got a delicious recipe that is Paleo, Gluten-free, and Whole30 compliant.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 404 kcal


  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast cut into tenders
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • a pinch of chili flakes
  • 8 strips of bacon sliced in half longways


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, mix all of the seasoning/spices. Rub the seasoning on the chicken.
  • Wrap each chicken tender with the strips of bacon (that have been sliced in half longways). I ended up using 1.5 pieces of bacon per chicken tender. Try to tuck the ends of the bacon under each chicken tender.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Broil for 1-2 minutes.
  • Note: At the 20 minute mark, use a paper towel to absorb some of the bacon fat and throw it away.



Calories: 404kcalCarbohydrates: 1.4gProtein: 50.3gSaturated Fat: 20.2gCholesterol: 151mg
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