These Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Chicken Shots are the perfect party food. These bad boys can easily attend any function from a holiday party to a backyard BBQ and everywhere in between. They are especially popular around these parts for Sunday football. These tasty little appetizer shots are a real crowd pleaser.
You had me at bacon. The bacon here is what forms the shot around a base of chicken. Use your favorite bacon. I used regular cut bacon, not the thick cut, to form the base. This way it gets nice and cooked. You can secure each one with a toothpick to hold them together but I’ve found that it’s really not necessary if you use a mini muffin tin. It is important, however, that the edges of the bacon overlap to form a cup around the chicken base.
Next, pipe the pineapple-cream cheese filling inside each cup. Warning: if the bacon is not fully overlapping, the cheese filling will leak out. If using a sheet pan, definitely secure with toothpicks. In the mini muffin cups, like I used, the bacon easily held its shape – and the filling. Clean up of the mini muffin pan looked daunting at first but after a quick soak shines like new again.
Then I top each cup with an additional pineapple chunk and pop them in the oven…
… and bake to absolute perfection.
These Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Chicken Shots are scrumptious. The saltiness of the bacon combined with the sweetness of the pineapple and the smokiness from the BBQ coated chicken creates such a flavorful little bite. All 24 of these appetizers were gone in minutes and they have already been requested again next week.
Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Chicken Shots
Yield 24 appetizers
These Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Chicken Shots are the perfect party food. The saltiness of the bacon combined with the sweetness of the pineapple and the smokiness from the BBQ coated chicken creates such a flavorful little bite.
For the Base ("Shot Glass"):
- 1 large (about 6 to 8 ounces) chicken breast or two smaller chicken breasts cut into 24 1-inch pieces
- 12 slices bacon, your favorite brand and flavor, cut in half width-wise [See Note 1]
- 1 tablespoon Sweet BBQ Rub, more or less to taste
For the Filling:
- 1/2 package (4 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, chopped
- 2 tablespoons pineapple juice [See Note 3]
- 1/4 teaspoon salt [See Note 4]
- 1 teaspoon Sweet BBQ Rub
For the Garnish:
- 24 pineapple chunks [See Note 2]
- additional Sweet BBQ Rub just to lightly dust the tops
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Prepare 24 mini muffins tins with a small amount of non stick cooking spray or line a large jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. [See Note 5]
- Slice the chicken into 1-inch pieces and coat with a Sweet BBQ Rub blend. Wrap each piece of chicken with a half slice of bacon overlapping the ends so it forms a circle around the chicken meat. If desired, secure through the bacon and the chicken with a toothpick. This is the base of your "shot glass."
- In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, pineapple juice, and 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks, reserving the rest of the pineapple to top the shots in Step 6, salt and BBQ rub. Note: The pineapple will break more up as it blends with the cream cheese.
- Transfer the cream cheese mixture to a quart sized zip-top bag and snip off one of the bottom corners. Pipe some of the mixture into each of the appetizers leaving just a little room at the top.
- Place one pineapple chunk into the top of each shot and lightly dust them with a little more BBQ rub.
- Transfer the shots to the prepared mini muffin pans or a foil lined jelly roll pan and cook for 30 minutes, or until the bacon gets crisp and brown. Serve warm.
- Regular cut bacon works better in this recipe than thick cut because it cooks faster and firms up to for the shot glass.
- You can opt to use a fresh pineapple, but a can of pineapple chunks works just as well.
- You can use juice reserved from the can of pineapple.
- For the filling, adjust the salt according to your tastes noting that the bacon also has a salty element.
- Mini muffin tins can get messy and require a fair amount of cleaning afterward. Alternatively, you can use a foil-lined jelly roll pan (baking tray) for easy cleanup.