Crock-Pot Bacon Wrapped Apple Barbecue Chicken

Crock-Pot Bacon Wrapped Apple Barbecue Chicken

Crock-Pot Bacon Wrapped Apple Barbecue Chicken

Fun Food Fact
A chicken tenderloin is a muscle of the chicken that is located close the the spine. Because this muscle is not used very much in the bird, the meat is a bit more tender than the breast of the chicken. However, in a pinch you can use boneless skinless chicken breast and cut it lengthwise into strips.
If you are looking for a kid friendly crock-pot recipe for dinner, look no further. This was such a huge hit with my kids that they asked not just for seconds but thirds!

This recipe was inspired by this recipe by Chef In Training  for her Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken it was a recipe I had seen on Pinterest and wanted to try for sure. It looked so yummy.

However when I went to make it I was out of lemons and the bottle of lemon juice I had in the back of the fridge had gone bad (or it smelled bad..I didn’t taste it).

So…balsamic vinegar to the rescue.

Really the lemon juice or vinegar is just enough to help the apples from turning brown. There is probably enough acid in the bottled BBQ sauce to omit this if you want. But I thought the balsamic vinegar added a nice flavor.

As I was putting this together I glanced over at my pot of herbs growing in the kitchen window and decided toss in some fresh thyme simply because I thought bacon + chicken + apples would taste good with some thyme.

I went with it…it was good and added a great flavor to the dish.

You can use dried thyme (about 1/2 teaspoon) or just omit it…up to you!

It is GOOD!

Crock-Pot Bacon Wrapped Apple Barbecue Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Crock-Pot Bacon Wrapped Apple Barbecue Chicken


1 to 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
6 to 8 slices bacon, cut in half
4 apples, peeled, cored & finely diced
1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (your favorite brand)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme), optional


  1. Wrap each piece of chicken tenderloin with a half slice of bacon.
  2. Placed wrapped chicken in the bottom of a 6 - 7 quart oval crock-pot (it is okay if they overlap)
  3. In a bowl mix the diced apples, BBQ sauce, balsamic vinegar and thyme (if using).
  4. Pour apple mixture over chicken.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours.
  6. To serve pull chicken pieces out and spoon some of the apple mixture over top.
  7. Enjoy!


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    • says

      I would think it can be frozen before hand. The only trick would be keeping the bacon wrapped around the chicken. But I suppose if you secured it with toothpicks it would work just dandy!

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