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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites with Dipping Sauce

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ cup apricot pepper jam
18 center cut bacon strips, cut in half
Sauce:
1/3 cup apricot pepper jam
2 Tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a nonstick, oven-safe cookie cooling rack inside a rimmed baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cut chicken breasts into one inch cubes and place them in a large bowl. Warm apricot pepper jam in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Reserve two tablespoons, then pour the rest over the chicken and toss to coat. Wrap each chicken cube with a half strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Arrange on the rack and brush each one with the reserved jam. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip each one and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the bacon is nicely browned.

For the dipping sauce: In a small microwave safe bowl, combine jam and water. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. If it is still too thick, add a little more water and reheat.

Since tailgating season is upon us, I thought I would do a great appetizer/ snack food. These disappear really fast! If you can’t find apricot pepper jam, then any flavor of pepper jelly should work fine.

-Jenna Wood