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Sweet and Tangy Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Sweet and Tangy Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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Course: Recipes
Cuisine: appetizer
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 28kcal
Author: dana vento


  • A Package of Bacon strips bacon precooked works well too! -- I prefer it
  • 1/3 c. soy sauce
  • 3 T. honey agave works too
  • 2 8- oz. can water chestnuts rinsed and drained
  • ¾ c. Greek yogurt
  • 3 T. Dijon mustard
  • 2 T. hot sauce chili sauce
  • ¼ t. cayenne pepper or chili-lime pepper
  • 2 T. fresh parsley roughly chopped (optional)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste (optional)


  • Cut bacon strips in half lengthwise.
  • Set aside.
  • Mix soy sauce and honey (agave) in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add water the chestnuts to the soy sauce and honey mixture, turning to evenly coat.
  • Marinate at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Do note that you need to turn the water chestnuts 2-3 times as they sit for that 30 minute time period.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place a metal rack inside a large, rimmed baking sheet.
  • Spray rack with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Drain water chestnuts, but reserve the marinade.
  • Wrap each water chestnut with a piece of bacon.
  • Secure bacon with a toothpick (or place on a skewer to do more at a time up to 4 water chestnuts) and place it on a baking rack.
  • Repeat with remaining water chestnuts.
  • Brush each appetizer with reserved marinade on all sides.
  • Place prepared baking sheet in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush with more marinade before returning to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
  • While the water chestnuts are roasting, it's time to make the dipping sauce.
  • Combine Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, and parsley in a small bowl.
  • Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Now remove the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts from the oven.
  • Remove the spicy sauce for dipping from the fridge and serve with the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts.
  • Enjoy!


You can use a bbq sauce if you don't want to create the yogurt dip.
Alternatively, you could use a store-purchased dip.
Additionally, hummus dip goes really well with this too!
I have successfully used fully cooked bacon (Sam's Club or Kirkland Brand) which helped in creating a reduced cooking time.
Also, sometimes I rinse the water chestnuts, add a few tablespoons of water to a microwave-safe dish, and place water chestnuts in the dish.
Then I microwave for 5 minutes to soften a bit, to help speed the process along, once in the oven. Do note, they are HOT to work with, but also absorb the honey/soy mixture nicely when warm.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 310mg | Sugar: 3g
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