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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Shish Kabobs


Happy Friday before a holiday! In honor of the three-day weekend, I’m posting my husband’s favorite meal. This was actually his favorite meal that I make, even before I added it to my P90x recipes. It’s the one he always requests when company is coming over. It didn’t take much to “X” it up a bit, and it is so delicious!

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks
  • 8 mushrooms, cut in half
  • 1/8 cup “less sodium” soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 1 Tb. of Canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 5 slices turkey bacon
  • 2 whole jalapeno peppers, cut into approx 10 pieces (or the same as number of meat chunks) with seeds removed.

Cut chicken into chunks, and place chicken, pineapple, and mushrooms in a large Ziploc bag. Add soy sauce, vinegar, oil (or broth), onion powder, garlic salt, and pepper, squeezing bag to mix and coat. Place in the fridge to marinate for at least 20 minutes. I usually do it for an hour. While the meat is marinating, boil water in a saucepan and boil bacon for 5 minutes (this helps it crisp up more under the broiler). Cut jalapeno peppers into smaller pieces, removing the seeds (the same number of pieces as meat chunks). Once meat is done marinating, place a jalapeno pepper on each chicken chunk, wrap with a slice of bacon, and thread onto skewers so that the bacon is secured. Alternate with mushroom and pineapples. Turn broiler to High, and line pan with foil for easy cleanup. Arrange skewers on pan, then pour remainder of marinade over them. Broil the skewers for 7 minutes, then turn over and broil the second side for 5-7 minutes until bacon is crisp and chicken juices run clear.

P90x Portion Plan Servings:

Full recipe is 4 1/2 protein, 1 fruit, 1 vegi, 1 fat, 1 condiment.

P.S.Don’t be scared of the jalapeno in this one – usually it cooks enough that it isn’t too spicy. Even if you do end up taking them out, they add a magnificent flavor to the meat!

P.P.S. If you’ve already had your fat serving for the day, substitute low-sodium chicken broth for the Canola oil in the recipe, and you’ll be good to go.

P.P.P.S. The cool thing about this is that you can throw basically whatever vegis you want into the marinade. I usually do this with zucchini instead of mushrooms, and it turns out great.

P.P.P.P.S. (I know, going a little crazy on the P.S.’s! lol.) This recipe would make an AWESOME P90x appetizer! All you would need to do would be to double the recipe, then instead of threading on skewers, put one mushroom, one pineapple chunk, and one bacon-chicken roll on each toothpick. Serve these at your next party, and no one needs to know that you’re on a diet!

More on Tuesday. Have a great weekend! – CJ =)

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  1. Leigh

    CJ,

    You’ve been such an inspiration! While I didn’t make your recipe exactly, my boyfriend & I went away this past weekend and needed a dinner that would be friendly enough for others. So, kabobs it was! We used chicken, pineapple, green pepper, corn, zucchini and onions (Of course I measured everything out and made them all the proper P90X requirements, but no one knew!) We put them on the grill & rubbed some BBQ on them. Delicious, easy, and we fooled the whole family to follow our P90X guidelines!

    Thanks CJ!

    Leigh

    1. CJ =)

      Yay! LOL. Good job sneaking healthy food into your family! =D
      – CJ=)

  2. Denise

    Do you cook the chicken first prior to broiling it? 7 mins per side doesn’t seem long enough to cook the chicken throughout?
    Thanks

  3. BLawson

    Wow are these yummy!! I made them for the wife and kids and we all loved them!!
    Thanks for all your great P90X Recipies!!

    1. CJ =)

      Awesome, BLawson!! Thanks so much for the feedback! Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for ways this site could be more useful to you. =D

  4. Christy

    You can’t even tell this is turkey bacon! I’ll be making this one for sure!

    1. CJ =)

      Thanks, Christy! =) I’m digging turkey bacon, too. I love how it has the tastiness of bacon with only 55% of the guilt! lol. It’s also a handy solution to the problem of P90x protein when it comes to sheer quantity – you have to pack in so much protein, especially in the Phase 1 of P90x, that you can feel like you’re stuffing yourself. Enter turkey bacon, where 2 slices are a whole protein serving, and suddenly you can up the protein punch of almost any dish by sticking bacon in there, without dramatically affecting the volume of food you have to eat! =)

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