Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

Am I the only one who thinks that this is one of the best food-related ideas ever? All the deliciousness of a jalapeno popper wrapped up inside a breaded chicken breast? Genius!

This dinner definitely did not disappoint; Joe and I both thought this chicken was a winner. I ended up only using one jalapeno for the filling; I bought two, but as I was chopping the first one some of the juice splashed right up into my eye, and if you've ever had that happen to you you know how NOT FUN it is. I was pretty much done with chopping the jalapenos after that. So this was actually pretty mild, and I missed the extra spice that the second jalapeno would have added. The original recipe doesn't call for it, but I added some bacon to the filling as well, because I prefer my jalapeno poppers with a little bit of bacon. It was a delicious addition to this dish. Plus, I made Joe's potatoes on the side and fried them in the leftover bacon grease, which made them even more delicious. (Did I say this meal was healthy? No, no I did not.)

Regardless of how unhealthy it is, you should definitely try this chicken. It's incredibly, unbelievably good.

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken
Source: adapted from Allrecipes

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
4 strips of bacon, diced
4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I used regular bread crumbs and seasoned them with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder)
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels.

2. Stir together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, and jalapenos in a small bowl.

3. Cut a pocket horizontally through the thickest side of each chicken breast, and fill with 1/4 of the cheese mixture. Secure with toothpicks.

4. Roll the chicken breasts in bread crumbs to coat. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 8 minutes per side. If your chicken breasts are thick, like mine were, they can be finished in a 350-degree oven.

49 comments:

Jessi said...

WoW!! This sounds amazing!!!

Cara said...

Sound delicious! You can't go wrong with bacon + chicken + cheese + jalapeno! I got some jalapeno in my eye recently too, and it is definitely no fun.

Sara said...

I love jalapeno poppers, I can only imagine how good the flavors would be with chicken! I've never squirted jalapeno juice into my eye, but I have cut up chiles and then tried to take my contacts out - BAD idea.

Keri said...

Cassie, I made this chicken last night and it was amazing! My husband and I couldn't get enough:-)!! Thank you for the recipe!

finsmom said...

Jalapeno poppers are a big time favourite of mine, so this chicken dish really excites me! I will be bookmarking it to make very soon!
Thanks!

Cara said...

Ok, Cassie...I couldn't get this recipe out of my head after you posted it, so I made it tonight. It was delicious! Your addition of bacon to the filling was genius.

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Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious said...

I was just thinking about a stuffing a chicken with jalapenos (the most genius idea ever) so this recipe is perfect. Thank you!

Amy Deitrich said...

I just made this but only made 2 chicken breasts, the rest of the filling I added to twice baked potatoes. I can't wait for dinner to be finished!

Anonymous said...

This recipe was delicious..I had some hot sauce on top of the chicken while it baked!!

Katie said...

Made this last night with my boyfriend! We did turkey bacon, low fat cream cheese and low fat shredded cheddar! DELICIOUS!

b davis said...

I can't wait to try this recipe. Sounds amazing! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I tried to make them for my nd, but went horribly wrong! Reading direction #3 would've helped lol.

Stacy said...

I am making this right now! It is super messy though, so I hope I am doing it right! We'll see how it tastes...

Sarah E said...

I am cooking this right now! I only have chicken tenders so im thinking like a pinwheel???? Wish me luck!

camie said...

I made these the other night- fabulous!!

Rachel said...

My husband and I loved these! I just skipped the frying part and baked them at 375 for about 40 minutes. That made it a lot easier and they were still delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Amy said...

This sounds amazing I will be trying it soon.

Welles Family said...

YUM! My husband and I made this tonight. We both loved it! :) It was a nice twist to boring ole chicken! ;)

Welles Family said...

YUM! My husband and I made this tonight. We both loved it! :) It was a nice twist to boring ole chicken! ;)

Kevin said...

Great idea!

Sarah said...

I made this recipe and it was very good! It was really easy and the chicken turned out great. I also had to pop mine in the oven for a bit to finish up the chicken. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Made this last week, and making it again tonight. Super delish!

Tonya said...

Has anyone tried them on the grill? My husband likes to feel like he is a part of the cooking action =]

Leandra said...

My husband and I made it last night. DELISH! However, he says less cream cheese and more cheddar cheese.

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful! Think about using diced pickled jalapeno's... won't have to worry about getting the pepper juice in the eye, & still get the spicey peppers!

Shannon said...

Hi, Cassie! I found your recipe on Pinterest and tried it (with a couple variations) last night. We loved it! I blogged about it today at http://itsnotalwaysblackandwhite.blogspot.com/2012/05/jalapeno-popper-stuffed-chicken.html

I can't wait to try more of your recipes... Thanks!

Brenna said...

I made this for dinner tonight! It was awesome! I really tastes like jalapeno poppers! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I didn't have cream cheese, so I used a little sour cream! Still delicious! In fact, probably going to use sour cream next time, too.

Meg said...

Found this via pinterest and made it tonight. Delicious!!!!

Susan L. said...

I found this on Pinterest, and I made it tonight! This was awesome! My husband (who is spice-phobic but doing better) ate one-and-a-half breasts. My two-year-old ate all but one piece of his half chicken breast (our puppy Daisy snatched the last bite grrr). This will definitely be added to our meal rotation. Thanks for posting it!

Anonymous said...

I just made this...empty plate is actually sitting right next to me! My chickens were a little thin, but I was able to roll the filling in and hold it all together with a skewer :) SO YUMMY!

Anonymous said...

I am making these FINALLY for dinner tonight. My mouth has been watering since I came across this recipe. I cant wait! Going to pick the jalapeno's out of my garden right now :) I will be checking back often for new things to make.

Anonymous said...

This was delicious! I added mesquite liquid smoke & Tony's to the filling ~ same as I do with stuffed jalapeños. Had a ton of filling left so I froze it to use later. Tonight I used it ~ stuffed a pork tenderloin with it & then wrapped it in bacon! Baked 375 for 1 hour, broiled on high for a few minutes to crisp up the bacon. Delicious! Not the prettiest as filling oozed out, but the taste made up for it! Scooped the oozed filling out & served with the sliced tenderloin. Give it a try!

Virginia said...

We are always looking for different variations on jalepeno poppers so we'll have to try this!

Anonymous said...

Making this tonight and dumbest thing I could have done was rub my mouth n nose after cutting the pepper... Burned for prolly 30 mins! lol

Niko Wilson said...
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Niko Wilson said...

This recipe was amazing!!!!!! I added 2 extra jalapeños and more cheese (bc we like cheese lol) -- then stuffed & rolled the chicken, sprayed it with olive oil (only on top/ around the breaded body and baked it in the oven. Omg this is my families new favorite dish ever!!!!! Ty!!

Anonymous said...

I tried this with thick pork chops and it was awsome. My husband didn't even have to put hot sauce on it!!

Adorlee Senneville said...

These are yummy! But they definitely need a dipping sauce, which is fine b/c who doesn’t love sauce. I made mine with cheddar and veggie ham, with a honey mustard dipping sauce. Yum! buy poppers nz

joy said...

I made these for Thanksgiving and I think it was the best thing we ate all day! I added the 1/2 tsp baking soda as some people suggested. Also, I didn't have a mini muffin tin so I just used a regular. That made about 15 "poppers". So so yummy! They practically disappeared.

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I can't wait to try these! We're going to plant an even larger pepper garden this year, and it seems these will be a great staple to use throughout the pepper season as well!

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When we were in Texas, a friend made these. It was SO delicious! I think it would cut back on the fat in the cream cheese, too.

Argan Oil said...

I am completely amazed that you managed to make these so low in points! Yum. Love the Jalapeno Popper.

Venla Ketterer said...

I love jalapeno poppers, but haven't had them in forever! Great recipe! Long Distance Moving

Valentine Mercier said...

These look yummy! :) And we know what you mean about not touching your face – been there, done that, and for about 2 hours after it was not fun! haha :) Novel Editing Services

Ruth said...

These taste so yummy! I made them for a hunting kick off party and everyone loved them! Don't be afraid to add a big chunk of jalapeño and extra bacon. Unless I got really lucky the heat was cooked out of the pepper. Wonderful snack for any party! Www.Denimio.Com

Baptiste Lacasee said...

I love jalapeno poppers but have never had them this way! I am def. going to have to try them! corporate coach

Becky said...

This was amazing!!