Asparagus and bacon are wrapped around spiced chicken tenders in this quick and healthy chicken dinner. Serve with a green salad tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette or make extra cucumber-ranch dressing and use it for your salad too.

Breana Killeen
Source:, October 2016


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Position racks in center and top thirds of oven; preheat to 425 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Combine chili powder, brown sugar, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with the spice mixture. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Place 2 asparagus spears on each chicken tender and wrap with 1/2 slice of bacon to hold everything together.

  • Bake the chicken on the center rack for 5 minutes. Turn the broiler to high and move the chicken to the top rack. Broil, watching carefully, until the bacon is lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, peel cucumber, halve it lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater. Combine in a small bowl with yogurt, buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chives, dill, garlic powder, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve the chicken tenders with the dressing.


To make ahead: Refrigerate dressing (Step 4) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; protein 23.9g 48% DV; carbohydrates 6.7g 2% DV; dietary fiber 2g 8% DV; sugars 4.1g; fat 9.3g 14% DV; saturated fat 2.2g 11% DV; cholesterol 60.2mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 879IU 18% DV; vitamin c 6mg 10% DV; folate 42.1mcg 11% DV; calcium 57.5mg 6% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 35.4mg 13% DV; potassium 405.8mg 11% DV; sodium 469.8mg 19% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 18% DV; added sugar 2g.

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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
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Rating: 2 stars
I couldn't wait to try this. I love spicy I love chicken I love asparagus and I love bacon. But apparently not together. The spices did not go well with the other ingredients. The other ingredients didn't go well with each other. I managed to eat two pieces and threw the rest away. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Ridiculously delicious. I am quite surprised by the unique flavor combos and how good they tasted together. A firework in your mouth. Honestly made under 25 mins. Going into my roa. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I served this for quests and it was a huge hit. I used chicken thighs instead of chicken tenders and cooked it a few minutes longer. It was delicious. I was worried that the cucumber would make the sauce too watery but that was not the case. I will definitely make it again and the guests requested the recipe as well. Really a nice miss of spices and can be a bit spicy so depending on your desire for "hot" you could add more or less. I used the suggested amount and it was perfect not too hot to burn my lips but a little lingering heat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made a double batch using tenders and thighs. Everyone loved it. As for the sauce I wasn't cooking in my own kitchen so I substituted a similar one from the store. OPA brand cucumber and dill dip. Read More