An awesome combination of bacon, homemade ketchup, seasonings and pineapple give the turkey an amazing taste

Here’s another recipe from the Whole30 cookbook – totally adapted to what I had in the kitchen and what my family would eat.  The original recipe called for a ‘plank-smoked bacon-wrapped chicken with pineapple’.  Do you see any similarity with what I ended up with?  Well, there’s bacon wrapped around poultry.  And there’s pineapple.  But it wasn’t grilled and it definitely wasn’t plank-smoked – I was too lazy to get that all organized.

But you know what?  It didn’t matter.  I was a little apprehensive as to how the family would take to it the first time, especially being that it was my first time making ketchup from scratch (recipe here) and Henry’s announcement that he likes bacon and turkey/chicken, just not together.  But after the first bite Abby exclaimed that this was really good.  And Grant went back for seconds.  That’s a winner recipe in my book!

If you’re not fussed about doing the Whole30, just try to find ketchup that doesn’t have too many evil ingredients in it (I’m thinking high fructose corn syrup here) – or feel free to use the homemade ketchup recipe that I used!  Also be careful with what bacon you use (many have sugar in them!).  And also feel free to grill the meat and pineapple … with a plank … if you wish.  And let me know how it goes!


Bacon wrapped turkey cutlets

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 lb turkey cutlets
  • 8 slices bacon check if sugar-free for Whole30
  • 1/4 cup ketchup check if sugar-free for Whole30
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks or 8 pineapple rings


  1. Combine the chili powder, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over all turkey pieces.
  3. Wrap 1-2 bacon slices around each turkey piece. Secure with toothpicks if necessary.
  4. Heat a large frying pan with oil of choice and place the bacon-wrapped turkey with seam side down.
  5. Cook until the turkey has changed color halfway through the thickness, then flip onto the other side.
  6. Brush the turkey with ketchup until evenly covered.
  7. Add the pineapple straight to the frying pan and cook in the juices until warm through.
  8. Serve when turkey is no longer pink and the internal temperature reaches 175F.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Whole30 Cookbook