These AIP bacon maple chicken bites make for the most perfect appetizer and snack. They are simple and honestly who doesn’t like bacon? The bacon combined with the maple syrup and sea salt makes this snack sweet yet savory. I like to top this appetizer off with crunchy pomegranate seeds and an extra drizzle of honey. This appetizer and snack is perfect for any occasion. This treat is naturally autoimmune protocol and paleo friendly.
What Do I Need To Make AIP Bacon Maple Chicken Bites?
- Bacon-I like getting my uncured bacon from the butcher at Whole Foods, or though Butcher Box. I find that both have the best quality. Oftentimes the pre-packaged store stuff has a bunch of added ingredients like sugar, which isn’t AIP or paleo friendly.
- Chicken breasts-Make sure your chicken breasts are cut into small one inch cubes. This will make it easy for you to roll the bacon. I love using my kitchen scissors for this.
- Maple syrup OR honey-I prefer maple syrup because it has a richer taste, but honey will work too.
- Cinnamon-Adds extra flavor to the chicken breast. It is the perfect combination with the honey/ maple syrup.
- Pomegranate seeds-Add a nice crunch to these paleo bites.
- Sea salt-I love the combination of sweet and savory. The sea salt adds to that.
How Do I Make These AIP Bacon Maple Chicken Bites?
- First off, preheat the oven to 400.
- Cut the bacon in half. Again, I am a big fan of using my kitchen scissors for this!
- Then, cut your chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Kitchen scissors are great for this.
- Now, add the chicken breasts, maple syrup/honey, cinnamon and salt to a bowl and mix.
- Next, wrap the bacon around the chicken breasts. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes, then rotate and cook for another 15 minutes.
- Finally, when you are ready to serve, we like to garnish with pomegranate and fresh pomegranate and occasionally an extra drizzle of honey.
Can I Prep These AIP Bacon Bites Ahead of Time?
- Yes, in fact I encourage you to do so! If you are making these for a party you can have them prepped and ready to go in the fridge for up to 2 days in advance. I like to prep appetizers like this in these glass containers with lids. Just be sure the glass container is brought to room temperature before placing it in the oven or it could shatter when it goes from very cold to such high temperatures.
How Long Do These Bites Last?
- They last for 3-5 days in the fridge.
Can I Reheat Them?
- Yes, however I suggest waiting to cook them until you are ready to serve. They taste best right out of the oven. If you reheat the chicken may be a little dry. I suggest reheating them in the oven if needed at 350 for 5-10 minutes.
If you like this recipe, you will LOVE my other appetizers:
- Paleo Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Paleo Beet Hummus
- Whole30 Paleo Crispy Everything Bagel Chicken Wings w/ Garlic Aioli
- AIP Hummus
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AIP Bacon Maple Chicken Bites
- baking sheet
- 8 slices bacon I like to get it from the Butcher Box
- 1 pound chicken breast diced into 16 small one inch cubes
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/3 cup maple syrup OR honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch sea salt
OPTIONAL: to garnish
- honey to drizzle
- fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 400. Cut the bacon in half. Mix the cubed chicken in a bowl with the cinnamon, maple syrup OR honey, and sea salt. Wrap the bacon around the chicken. Place a toothpick in to hold the bacon. Bake the bites for 15 minutes. Flip/rotate and then cook for an additional 15 minutes.
- Once the bacon bites are cooked, top off with fresh pomegranate seeds. You may choose to add some additional maple syrup and/ or honey and parsley to garnish.