Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - Bacon Orange Chicken

Everything is better with bacon. Right? Typically though, bacon isn't high on the athlete's acceptable foods list. I'm changing that. You're welcome.

There are a lot of brands available now that are uncured - meaning no added nitrites or nitrates, and they're much healthier than the standard turkey bacon (see note below). The brand I like is also low sodium (Mike - this is for you!).

This recipe is quick and easy, plus you get to live with that wonderful cooked bacon smell in your kitchen. Again - you're welcome ;-) Enjoy great flavor on your chicken without going off track! Seriously - scroll down and look at the nutritional info... low sodium, low fat, low carb, high protein, and no added sugars.

Chelle's Bacon Orange Chicken
serves 2. 4 oz portions (increase chicken portion size as needed)

2 4-oz portions of chicken breast, raw (skinless, boneless)*
2 Tbsp Sugar Free Orange Marmalade**
2 slices Uncured Natural Bacon***
cooking spray oil

*look for all natural chicken - no solution added, no hormones or antibiotics
**look for fruit only preserves, like Polaner brand
***I prefer Applegate Farms Uncured Reduced Sodium Bacon. Look for a brand with no nitrites or nitrates added, and lower sodium. MUCH healthier than typical turkey bacon (unless you go for Applegate's version)!


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat skillet over medium high heat and cook bacon about halfway (cook until just starting to crisp, then flip. Bacon should still be soft, just nicely browned. It will finish cooking and crisping in the oven).
  • Spray a baking dish with cooking oil.
  • Trim chicken breasts of visible fat. Place in baking dish.
  • Spoon a Tablespoon of orange marmalade over each breast and spread out to cover.
  • Cut partially cooked bacon strips into three pieces each. Top each breast with 3 pieces.
  • Bake at 350 until cooked through, or internal thermometer reaches 170 degrees. 
  • Allow chicken to rest 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with steamed asparagus or other vegetable of choice. Pictured with steamed asparagus and steamed red potatoes with rosemary, oregano and garlic.

per 4 oz serving of bacon orange chicken: 194 calories, 26 grams protein, 10 grams carbs, 5 grams fat, 3 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 232 mg sodium. Net carbs 7 grams.


  1. LOVE when you put up new, quick recipes! Thanks so much - I will be trying this within the next two days! Jen

    1. Be sure to let me know how you like it!! I love easy and fast recipes! And my family loves bacon. LOL! ;-)