Grilled Bacon and Cheese Chicken

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    Note: This post first appeared on July 25, 2012. The photography and recipe got updated! Enjoy!

    You could always use a quick chicken recipe for the grill, especially one like this! Grilled chicken topped with bacon and cheese. What more could you ask for?!

    As the weather gets warmer it only means one thing. Time to dust off the grill!

    I love grilling weather/season because dinners come together so quickly and I really enjoy sitting on the deck and basking in the evening light. I work primarily in an office environment so being able to get some fresh air is always nice. Not to mention the smell of this grilled bacon and cheese chicken is fantastic.

    You could always use a quick chicken recipe for the grill, especially one like this! Grilled chicken topped with bacon and cheese. What more could you ask for?!

    The marinade used for this chicken is so good. I love any marinade that includes dijon mustard! It just pairs so well with chicken and bacon and cheese. There truly is nothing in this chicken dish that you can’t help but love.

    You could always use a quick chicken recipe for the grill, especially one like this! Grilled chicken topped with bacon and cheese. What more could you ask for?!


    You could always use a quick chicken recipe for the grill, especially one like this! Grilled chicken topped with bacon and cheese. What more could you ask for?!

    Seriously. How can you say no to bacon and cheese on top of grilled chicken? You’d be crazy! ;)

    Grilled Bacon and Cheese Chicken

    Bacon and cheese on top of grilled chicken — what's not to love?!
    Prep Time: 2 hrs
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 8
    Calories: 426kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
    • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    • 12 pieces of thick cut bacon
    • 2 cups freshly grated extra sharp cheddar cheese


    • Whisk together honey, dijon, olive oil, lemon, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Add the chicken, coat all the chicken with sauce, then cover and marinade in the fridge for at least two hours.
    • In the meantime, cook bacon to crispy or desired doneness. Let drain on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
    • When chicken is done marinading, turn on outdoor grill (or indoor grill) to high and grill chicken until cooked through.
    • Turn off the grill and remove chicken. Top with bacon pieces then place back on grill (with it turned off) and sprinkle generous amounts of cheese on top of the bacon. Using the residual heat of the grill, close the grill and melt the cheese.


    Nutrition Facts
    Grilled Bacon and Cheese Chicken
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 426 Calories from Fat 162
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 18g28%
    Carbohydrates 20g7%
    Sugar 17g19%
    Protein 26g52%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Kathryn says:

    Love the changes that you made, that smoky chipotle paprika sounds dreamy! I’ve really enjoyed this series too and seeing all your takes on PW’s recipes :)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I’m glad this one turned out – it truly could have been a giant fail of a final recipe lol

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    Uh, these sound AMAZING! love your use of smokey chipotle paprika, too – i bet that gave such a grew flavor!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    So sad you guys are done with the series but I really enjoyed them! I think this one might be my favorite though! I mean that cheesy-bacon goodness is just killing me here!

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    Seriously I’m sad you guys are done with PW Wednesdays. I keep putting off buying her book…. I think I NEED to get my copy now! This chicken looks amazing! Bacon anything has my name all over it!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    This one was a surprise and a half!! I loved it. Rachel picked great – and your addition of the smokey chipotle -> freakin’ brilliant!

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    Looks delicious!

  • Cathy @ Noble Pig says:

    That cheesy chciken looks amazing…I mean wow, my family would gobble it up!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    It’s going to be so sad not chatting about the recipes anymore! :( It was a good way to go out though. I totally agree with the smoky thing. Even just the smoked paprika I used made the flavors meld together so well. I bet the chipotle you had was even better!

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd says:

    So sorry I came in at the END of PW Wednesdays! Waa! But glad I was able to catch this guy! Looks soooo good! I’m looking for good recipes to cook on a cabin weekend with my Mom coming up and this is def a contender! Thanks for sharing :)

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    I’ll miss these PW posts but will NEVER stop coming back to TableforTwo for all your other yummy recipes. This ranch style chicken… too die for. Love flavorful chicken dinner like this.

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    Love this recipe! I’ve made it a zillion times, but I’ll have to try it with your switch-ups!:)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    Grabbing this recipe and making soon – looks amazing!

  • BACON AND CHEESE! Sign me up, and I will be right over, across the country for this. Apparently I need to eat bacon today because I am now craving it, thanks!

  • Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes says:

    Woah. This is my kind of chicken! I love it – all the flavors going on!! Cheesy, cheesy goodness!!!

  • Cassie says:

    Love the sound of this! Can’t believe the series is over, I have loved the modifications and adaptations you guys have given!!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:


  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Daaaaaaaaaaayummmm! Serve me UP.

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    I loved this series, all you ladies’ honesty was refreshing and fun! This chicken looks delicious too!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    This looks incredible! Love all these flavors! Great choice to end the PW series with!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    This looks so ridiculously good.

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    This looks like the perfect summer dinner!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    Ok, sorry I am TRYING to catch up on commenting on the blogs! ;) Trying to get my life back in order! Not too easy! Haha, but this recipe looks awesome! And Im sad its the last PW :( Next adventure you guys embark on, I would love to join in on! :D Love your modifications!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Aw, I’ve loved reading your PW posts! This chicken looks soo good! You can never go wrong with bacon and cheese!

  • Lynna says:

    This dish looks so savory and delicious!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    I think I may have drooled a little. This looks ridiculous.

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    That close up! Oh my gosh. This looks wonderful. But to be honest, what I really want now, instead of chicken, is bacon smothered in cheese. Your pictures just make it look irresistible. :)

  • Amber says:

    Oh I wish I had that seasoning because I want to make this for dinner tonight!! I’m going to wing it without it!

  • Rosemary Wayne says:

    I am in great need of this recipe – Ranch Style Chicken. Please send!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Rosemary, please re-read the blog post. The recipe link is in there. :)

  • Naomi says:

    My grill is dusted off and ready for recipes like this!!

  • Maria says:

    Josh will love making this recipe…but not as much as i think he will enjoy eating it!

  • Gaby Dalkin says:

    Yay for grilling season!! Also anything with bacon and cheese is OK with me!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I feel like this would make one awesome burger!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    Mmmmm all that cheese is making me so hungry!!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    That is some of the best looking chicken that I have seen!

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