These bacon ranch chicken skewers were intended to star at your next tailgate cookout. They are easy, interesting, and incredibly adaptable.

Chef John
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Whisk together ranch dressing and hot chile paste in a large bowl.

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  • Mix in chicken pieces and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Remove chicken from the bag and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels.

  • Thread a piece of onion about 1 1/2 inches down the skewer.

  • Thread the end portion of one strip of bacon onto skewer so the rest of the strip is hanging down. Skewer on a piece of chicken; thread on the next portion of the bacon. Turn the skewer so that the long end of the bacon is again hanging down. Repeat this process of skewering and turning until the entire strip of bacon is threaded, using 4 to 5 chicken pieces.

  • Thread a second piece of onion onto the end of the skewer.

  • Repeat steps 5 through 7 for all twelve skewers.

  • Season chicken skewers with salt and pepper as desired.

  • Cook the skewers on the preheated grill, turning every 3 to 4 minutes, until nicely browned on all sides and the meat is no longer pink in the center, 12 to 16 minutes total per skewer. Serve with ranch dressing as a dipping sauce.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

441 calories; 20.2 g total fat; 118 mg cholesterol; 402 mg sodium. 21.3 g carbohydrates; 42.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2012
EXCELLENT! If I could give these more stars I would! I marinated my chicken all day...PERFECT! I did not use any salt and they didn't need it. Oh and I used vidalia onion instead of red b/c that's what I had on hand. This is such a simple fun recipe w/ delicious results...I will be making these often YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2012
I actually let it soak 2 days due to being out of town. I expected huge ranch flavor. There really wasn't any. Chicken did cook tender though. If I am supposed to rely on a dipping sauce why bother marinating it in the same thing? Weaving the bacon on the skewer was a different idea though. I liked it but it just didn't have the big flavor that was expected. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2012
EXCELLENT! If I could give these more stars I would! I marinated my chicken all day...PERFECT! I did not use any salt and they didn't need it. Oh and I used vidalia onion instead of red b/c that's what I had on hand. This is such a simple fun recipe w/ delicious results...I will be making these often YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2012
EXCELLENT! If I could give these more stars I would! I marinated my chicken all day...PERFECT! I did not use any salt and they didn't need it. Oh and I used vidalia onion instead of red b/c that's what I had on hand. This is such a simple fun recipe w/ delicious results...I will be making these often YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2012
Simple and delicious used a good buttermilk ranch dressing and thai chili paste the chicken was so tender and don't forget to spread the meat out so that the bacon gets evenly done! Great stuff!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2012
These were so good. I did not have the chili paste so I put in Franks hot sauce. I marinated the chicken for 24 hours. I will be making this again. Note: I used 2 t. of the hot sauce. I will be adding more next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2012
Slightly precook the bacon before assembling the skews to ensure a crispy (not chewy) skewer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2012
Definitely make your chicken pieces at least 1 inch. We marinated ours over night and it turned out great. My kids loved the flavor but said the best part was the bacon at least I know that the bacon taste isn't lost. Using thick cut was important for this. The onion pieces helped keep the bacon on. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2012
Ridiculously easy and OH SO GOOD! I didn't have chile paste but I did have chili sauce (Sriracha) so I squeezed some in there and it worked great. I skipped the salt and pepper not necessary. I loved them and my son loved them (he is REALLY picky). I don't have a grill but these worked very well stove-top on a grill pan I have. I'll be making these for Memorial Day and for game nights! Thanks Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2012
I tried these today & they were very good. The only thing different I would do is add more red onion on skewer for an added flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2012
These were awesome. I made a avocado ranch side dressing ( light ranch mashed fresh avocado ) served along with a spanish yellow rice for dinner.Easy and tasty! -used light ranch -added a pinch of adobo Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2014
Made this for a dinner party and despite regretting how much time it took to thread the skewers it was well worth the effort. Everyone raved how fantastic they were. The flavours combined well and they were just as good as leftovers. Note - I made them ahead of time and put them on a plate covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for 2 hours so I wasn't stuck in the kitchen while my guests arrived. BBQ trick - wrap your serving plate with plastic wrap before putting raw meat on it. Once you put your meat on the grill remove the plastic wrap and your plate is now safely ready to put the cooked meat on! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2012
I actually let it soak 2 days due to being out of town. I expected huge ranch flavor. There really wasn't any. Chicken did cook tender though. If I am supposed to rely on a dipping sauce why bother marinating it in the same thing? Weaving the bacon on the skewer was a different idea though. I liked it but it just didn't have the big flavor that was expected. Read More
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