Party Food :: Pigskin Poppers

pigskin poppers recipe

Can you believe it’s August and summer is winding down? Pretty soon we’re going to be talking all about tailgating and holidays and party food! And speaking of tailgating party food, I’ve teamed up with Red Baron to bring you one of our secret family recipes perfect for ‘homegating’ or tailgating this fall. These are our Pigskin Poppers and I’ve never seen another recipe quite like it.

I have to tell you this is one my favorite foods ever, and it was introduced to us by my father-in-law several years ago. And while he makes it with more exotic meats like wild boar, elk, and venison, we make it with regular ole chicken or beef.

These pigskin poppers are meaty, with a bit of heat, and a little crunch inside. Cook them on the grill {or in the oven in a pinch} and watch them disappear as guests devour them.

pigskin poppers recipe

These poppers are similar to jalapeno poppers in that they’re rolled in bacon, but the combination of crunchy water chestnuts & pickled jalapeno, and chicken inside, just gives these something extra special. Not only do adults love them, but they’re actually mild enough so that kids love them too {the jalapeno seeds are the hot part so you can scrape those out if you like}.

For more delicious bacon appetizers, check out my 3 favorite recipes here, or these quick and easy cheesy bacon potato bites.

When you’re making them, make sure to set out all your ingredients so you can prepare them in an assembly line fashion. When we get together and do it, it’s all hands on deck to make it quicker. Here’s the recipe below…

poppers ingredients poppers assembly

Pigskin Poppers

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed
  • 1 pound bacon
  • Jar pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1 8-oz can sliced water chestnuts
  • toothpicks

Soak 30 toothpicks in water for about 30 minutes.

Cut chicken into 30 bite sized strips.

Cut 15 slices of bacon in half, crosswise

Remove 30 jalapeno slices from jar and pat dry with paper towel.

Drain water chestnuts and set aside for assembly.

Begin an assembly line and place a jalapeno slice and a water chestnut slice on each side of the chicken strip.

Wrap the half bacon strip around chicken and other ingredients and secure with a toothpick.

Meanwhile, pre-heat grill to 375 degrees.

Place poppers on hot grill and cook, turning every 5 minutes to brown all sides of bacon.

Cook a total of about 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is browned.

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