This was another one of those meals where I pulled out what I needed to use from the refrigerator, and tried to put everything together into some sort of edible fashion. What did I have? A couple chicken breasts, a couple zucchini, some mushrooms, a couple peaches, and about six pieces of uncooked bacon. This particular bacon IS Whole30 compliant–but most of the stuff you can find at the grocery store is not, so keep that in mind. This is pure salt-cured bacon from our favorite local farmer.
Anyway, the bacon-wrapped peaches might sound a little weird, but they were actually really good. When you cook the peaches, they’ll get a little soft (not quite mushy, but soft); however, that softness is counterbalanced by the crispy bacon wrapped around it. Salty, sweet, soft, crispy…it’s a food-gasm just waiting to happen.
If you’re using wooden skewers, don’t forget to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes (up to 8 hours) to keep them from burning in the oven or on the grill. Feel free to marinate the chicken and veg if desired–I didn’t marinate and it turned out fine, but I can imagine how a BBQ or Asian ginger marinade would go really well with these!
Bacon-Wrapped Peach Kabobs
2 chicken breasts
1/2 pound mushrooms
6 slices bacon
salt and pepper
1.- Preheat oven to 425 (or grill to medium-high). If using oven, line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a metal cooling rack on top.
2.- Cut chicken into medium cubes, mushrooms in half, and zucchini in 1″ chunks. Cut bacon in half so you have two shorter pieces (your six pieces will turn into twelve). Cut peaches in half, pull out pits, and cut each half into three wedges.
3.- Lace each skewer with two pieces of chicken, two pieces of zucchini, two mushroom halves, and one peach wedge wrapped in bacon. I found it was easiest to wrap the peach so the bacon overlapped on the skinny part of the peach and skewer through the overlap and then out through the wide part of the peach.
4.- Line skewers on cooling rack and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Put in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.