Friday, January 3, 2014

Jalapeno Chicken Wraps

Posted by Devin

Every year for New Year's Eve we celebrate in the desert with family and friends. The kids hike the hills around us and play games while the adults talk and laugh and cook lots of yummy food on an open fire. One of our favorite appetizers to cook up and share with everyone are these jalapeno chicken wraps. It has become a tradition for Jake and I to make them and I don't think I am the only person who looks forward to them every year. They are SO delicious. Here is what you need to make some for yourself!
2-3 chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 red onion, also cut into strips
15 jalapenos, halved and seeded
1 lb bacon, halved
seasoning mix: (1 Tbsp. garlic powder, 1 Tbsp. onion powder, 1 Tbsp. pepper, 2 tsp. seasoned salt, 1 tsp. paprika) 

The jalapenos vary widely in spiciness and as far as I can tell, there is no way to differentiate between them other than to simply take a bite and give it a try! Some are mild and some are en fuego! I love them either way, but you should probably not be super adverse to spicy foods if you are going to take the gamble. ;) Also, making sure to remove ALL of the seeds will lessen the spice.

The first step in making these is to season the chicken. I like to mix my spices in a large ziplock bag and then throw my chicken strips in and shake. It gives all of the chicken a nice even coat of the seasoning. And here's how to assemble the wraps: Start with one jalapeno half.

Lay a strip of red onion along the jalapeno.

Lay your seasoned chicken strip on top of the onion.

Wrap everything in a half strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick (or two, if needed).
Repeat this for all 30 of your jalapeno halves and you are ready to grill! 

Here are ours just put on the grill at our New Years party. 

And here they are all cooked and ready to come off! It takes around 18 minutes to grill them. The jalapenos should be a bit blackened and the bacon should look done. Just check the chicken of one or two to make sure they are cooked through. 
 That's it! Enjoy these spicy, delicious treats!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Linking Up With: Practically Functional, Just Us Four, Tidy Mom, Moonlight and Mason Jars

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At January 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM , Blogger Audra Balof said...

What a great recipe! Thank you for linking up at Moonlight and Mason Jars :)


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