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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 Himalayan salt but any salt will do)
  • Pure Maple syrup
  • Cayenne pepper (we like spicy bacon)

Here’s how to make chicken bacon

  1. 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).
  1. Season both sides of the chicken with the salt.Turkey Bacon
  1. Drizzle the maple syrup over the salted chicken.
  1. 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.

About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

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  • Zain March 26, 2018, 8:22 am

    YouTube video please! :)

    • Felicia March 27, 2018, 8:49 am

      Sorry Zain, I’m not very well versed in videos and Youtube. Maybe one day I’ll figure it out and make a video. :)

  • Brian February 25, 2018, 11:30 pm

    Pork bacon IS NOT a processed food. Pork bacon is made from cured smoked whole pork belly.

    • Felicia March 2, 2018, 7:15 am

      I agree, Brian. However, my caveat is to purchase bacon from a known farmer. This post was written about 8 years ago. Since then I’ve discovered reputable farmers in my area and only purchase bacon from them. The pigs are pastured, antibiotic free and humanely raised. I feel confident in cooking/eating the bacon they sell.

  • Joy October 27, 2015, 1:31 pm

    With the findings just released from the WHO, I am so on this! I already use turkey bacon and thought it was great quality ($6 a pack!) until I read the label and saw NITRATES. I am going to get some fresh turkey and chicken breasts/tenderloins just for bacon. Going to slice thin, pound, season and freeze between wax paper for individual uses. Healthier, cheaper and only a little more work required. Hey kids — breakfast sandwiches redone!

    Thank you so much for this info!

    • Felicia October 27, 2015, 2:15 pm

      Good for you! I think your family will enjoy them and they’re much healthier.

  • Linda August 8, 2015, 8:06 am

    Is there anyway I could replace the maple syrup?

    • Felicia August 8, 2015, 11:24 am

      Oh sure. You could replace the maple syrup with anything you like. This is a very forgiving recipe.

      I only used maple syrup because I wanted the maple flavor on my chicken. Use whatever your tastebuds have a hankering for. :)

  • Takiyah March 27, 2015, 4:24 pm

    This is very smart, Felicia. Thanks for sharing!
    I just left the grocery store; buying my normal turkey bacon and I must say that paying $5.00 for 8 pieces is just getting ridiculous, even if it is the nitrite/nitrate-free, no artificial colors or preservatives, good stuff.
    Anyway, as I read the package carefully, it read, “turkey leg meat and formed.” So, I thought to myself, well, heck, I should try to make this at home. I don’t want to compromise my health getting the garbage brands of “bacon,” but I don’t want to just throw money away either. So, I’m very glad I went to Google and typed in “how to make your own turkey bacon” and found your post. No, it’s not turkey, it’s chicken, but your process is just so sensible that the meat could easily be swapped for turkey.
    I’m going to see how your recipe turns out with boneless, skinless chicken thigh and boneless, skinless turkey thigh.

    • Felicia March 27, 2015, 4:52 pm

      Hey Takiyah,

      The recipe should work well with turkey. It’s funny because my daughter’s friend came over the house when I was making the chicken bacon. I asked him if he wanted some bacon and he replied, “I don’t like bacon.” After I explained it was chicken he helped himself to several pieces. He is now a big “chicken bacon” fan.

      Good luck with the turkey.

      • Takiyah March 30, 2015, 8:36 pm

        Hey Felicia,
        Three words.

        Made it and it was wonderful!!
        Using turkey…. It came out to $1.89 for ten pieces of bacon! And it was picky spouse and toddler approved!

        I’m trying your chicken bacon tomorrow night! Seriously, Felicia, make a video for this on YouTube! This is awesome!

        • Felicia March 31, 2015, 9:01 am

          LOL! I’m so glad that you like it! I might even give the turkey bacon a try.

          Hmmm, never thought of a YouTube video. I’m more of a behind-the-camera type of gal, but maybe I’ll give it a shot.

  • Rachel January 30, 2015, 2:09 pm

    Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this! I have made it twice already! :)

    • Felicia January 30, 2015, 3:37 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. We make it all the time.