I promise I will post something about everyday weeknight meals, but it is the holiday season and that means small bites.  People ask me all the time what they can serve that is easy to eat, not messy and not sweet.  This is one of my go to recipes.  You can put it out on a buffet or you can pass them on a tray easily. I am not sure when I came up with this recipe or where the inspiration came from, but this is not some crazy, out of the blue appetizer.  I am sure many, many people have very similar recipes in their back pocket.

So here is my yummy, go-to party appetizer.  Be sure and make a lot because they do go fast since they are easy to pop in your mouth and hold on to your very important cocktail.

Southwest Spicy Chicken Bites

Small little bites that will tide people over until dinner is ready.

Servings 20


  • 1 large chicken breast, cut into bite sized cubes
  • 1/2 lb. Thin cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne power
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin


  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne and cumin. Mix well.

  4. Cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each piece of chicken in a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Toss each chicken bite in the spice mixture.  Cover each piece completely with spice.

  5. Place chicken bites on prepared baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.  Do not over cook or the chicken will become dry.

  6. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Recipe Notes

This recipe is for about 20 pieces. I can get usually get about 20 pieces from one large chicken breast.