Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 35 minutes
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4 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
1 pound(s) chicken breast(s), boneless, skinless
1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt
1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper, freshly ground
4 tablespoon(s) rosemary, fresh
4 slice(s) bacon (thick)


  1. Preheat outdoor grill for medium-high and oil grates (or use a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat on the stove or oven).
  2. Season chicken breasts with garlic powder, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Lay one rosemary sprig on top of each chicken breast and wrap a slice of bacon around to hold the rosemary in place. Secure each piece of bacon with a toothpick or another rosemary sprig.
  4. Cook the breasts about 8 minutes per side on the grill, or until juices run clear and there is no pink in the middle. Note: If you are cooking chicken in a pan on the stove, more time is needed per side. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165 F. If you are roasting chicken in the oven, place chicken on baking tray at 350 F for 40 minutes, or until fully cooked.

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  1. Sofia D'Alesio

    Flip’in awesome

    Stay healthy. Love you paleo

  2. tifaholic

    I don’t have a grill. Any suggestions on how to cook this on an oven?

  3. NikiMetz

    @tifaholic – panini grill or George Foreman Grill? That’s how I grill indoors.

  4. Berndawg

    I use a George Forman, and it works great. I take the rosemary and wrap the 2 pieces around the chicken breast, and poke it with a toothpick. NOTE!!! Snip the toothpicks. If you don’t your the top burner won’t cook the chicken. I use scissors… easy, just a few more seconds of work.

  5. Imitation

    I’m a bit confused. When I lookup a chicken breast in calorie counting sites they say 130g of meat is around 198 calories.

    • Neely

      @Imitation – Unfortunately, there’s quite a bit of variation in the calorie counts of food, depending on what your source of information is.

  6. TLo

    Bacon?!? Sugar, nitrates – that’s NOT paleo.

  7. Diane

    This sounds amazing! Definitely trying soon :-)

    TLo-there is plenty of nitrate and preservative free bacon out there…Applegate brand makes a great one.

  8. Brandy

    @TLo, nitrate-free bacon!! They have it at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

  9. Amy

    Super Target also carries Applegate nitrate-free bacon. This looks great!

  10. Rob

    I used everything from Trader Joes (for the bacon, the Applewood Smoked Bacon). I followed everything in the recipe but didn’t have toothpicks, so I just tied the bacon together. I also used two pieces of bacon per breast. AWESOME! Also took way longer than 8 minutes per side. My chicken breasts were pretty thick, so I turned every 5 minutes and probably took close to 30-45 minutes to reach 165 internal temperature.

  11. veronica

    i will be making this today but i am substituting bacon for turkey bacon and rosemary with thyme…we will see how it comes out! :) paleo love!!

  12. Ashlee

    This was incredibly flavorful, and so easy!

  13. delliott711

    This was our first paleo dinner and it was absolutely delicious! Definitely a keeper!

  14. mons

    can i make this with drumsticks?

    • Neely

      mons – Sure!

  15. Dthorpe

    I’d like to know portion sizes please. How many ounces per chicken breast. Thank you

    • Neely Quinn

      Dthorpe – We don’t specify in this recipe, assuming that boneless skinless chicken breasts are all around 4-6 ounces each.

  16. anne r

    This was awesome! I cooked in my cast iron, in the oven. 350 for 35 min!


    Delicious. and easy. Loved this.

  18. Lana S

    Is 4 teaspoons garlic powder correct? 1 teaspoon per chicken breast seems like a lot. Just checking?

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