Turkey bacon or pork bacon, which one is healthier? Honestly, I’m not going to take sides in the debate. I used to eat turkey bacon because I believed it was healthier then I thought about it for a moment. They’re both processed foods so how healthy can either of them be?
Rather than stand in the grocery store comparing turkey bacon to pork bacon I decided to forgo the both of them and make my own chicken bacon instead. It takes a little longer to prepare than turkey or pork bacon, but I believe its worth the extra time.
- Chicken tenderloin or chicken breasts
- Sea Salt (I prefer sea salt but any salt will do)
- Pure Maple syrup
- Cayenne pepper (we like spicy bacon)
Here’s how to make chicken bacon
- Flatten the chicken breast or tenderloin as flat if you can get it. Remember, you’re trying to make bacon so the flatter you get the chicken the more bacon like it will appear. I don’t have fancy chicken flattening tools so I place the chicken on my cutting board, cover it with a little plastic wrap and then I pound it with my cast iron skillet until they are good and flat (this is not a meal to make when the family is asleep).
- Season both sides of the chicken with the salt.
- Drizzle the maple syrup over the salted chicken.
- Pour a hint of oil in a heated skillet (just enough oil so the chicken won’t stick) and cook the chicken on high heat until done. The crispiness of the chickens depends on how flat it is before you put it in the pan.
The chicken bacon works just as well, if not better, when cooked on a grill. There’s something about the taste of food cooked on an outdoor grill.
This is a very forgiving dish. You can control the amount of salt and the intensity of the maple flavor. In my family we tend to like things a little spicy so I add cayenne pepper to the chicken when seasoning it. It can get quite noisy flattening the chicken but its well worth it.
Time Saving Tip: Buy a few chicken breasts/tenderloins and flatten them all at one time. Freeze the chicken in portion sizes so you can quickly defrost, season and cook the ‘bacon’ when needed.