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This recipe for Hillbilly Chicken Tenders is inspired by a chicken dish my Mama makes! She takes a blend of spices and rubs them on top of bacon-wrapped chicken. The result is an out of this world flavor party! I decided to create my own spice blend for this dish and make it sugar-free so we can freely enjoy this on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
By the way, I’m 100% sure the men in your life are going to adore this because my man was in heaven. He requested I add this to our “rotation”.
The spices I use are most likely ones that you have in your kitchen already. Another great option for this chicken would be to sprinkle a bit of Bri’s Sweet and Spicy Rub on top if you have that on hand.
We found this chicken was complimented well by green beans and fotatoes, though a large green salad would be amazing too!
I revamped this recipe and simplified it, which is always my life goal! I love using chicken tenderloins because they cook quickly and they’re frugal.
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- 2 t. Chili Powder
- 1 t. Garlic Powder
- 1/4 t. Mineral Salt
- 1/2 t. Paprika
- 1/4 t. Black Pepper
- 1/2 t. Super Sweet Blend or 1 t. Lakanto Golden
- 1-2 lbs Thawed Chicken Tenderloins
- bacon (1 or 2 for each tenderloin)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix all spices and sweetener together on a plate. Roll tenderloins in the spices, then wrap each piece with bacon. Bake for 25-30minutes or until juices run clear.
Delicious, but I found I needed a few changes. I had to use 2 slices of bacon per breast and far less pepper. Next time I’ll use boneless chicken thighs, and put the seasoning sauce on the chicken before wrapping in bacon.
I also used two strips of bacon per breast and went lighter on the pepper. My kids found it too sweet and asked I just omit the sweetener next time (will only use molasses). The only other change I made was that although the chicken was done the bacon was not, so I stuck it under the broiler for a couple minutes at the end.
Thank you for the feedback, Jen! 🙂
trying this for supper, thank you! enjoy that you can change amounts for serving! fabulous!
I hope you liked it, Krista! 🙂
What is mineral salt and what is Super sweet blend?
Mineral salt is a pink salt. Sometimes it’s called Himalayan salt. You can usually find this at your grocery store. Super Sweet Blend is a Trim Healthy Mama brand of sweetener. If you don’t have it on hand, feel free to sub your favorite sweetener. 🙂
This looks really good & so easy. Trying it this week. Thanks!
What happened to the recipe that had blackstrap molasses and maybe melted butter? It was more like a glaze and our family loved it! It was one of my favorite THM recipes! The revamped recipe just doesn’t taste the same. Can I get the old recipe? Thank you!!
Hey, there! 🙂 Here’s what I found when I went back through my revisions..
1 t. Minced Garlic
1 t. Chili Powder
1/4 t. Mineral Salt
1/2 t. Super Sweet Blend
1/8 t. Molasses
1/2 t. Black Pepper
1 T. Melted Butter
4 Thawed Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
4 Strips bacon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wrap four chicken breasts in bacon. Place a toothpick in the breast to hold it together, if you’d like. 🙂
Mix the butter, sweetener, molasses and spices together in a small bowl. Spread over the chicken breasts.
Bake for 30-minutes or until juices run clear.