Jalapeno Popper Chicken

    I love jalapeno poppers and jalapeno popper dip so when I came across a recipe for jalapeno popper stuffed chicken I was instantly in love.  Combining my favorite meat (chicken) with jalapeno poppers sounded amazing.  I liked it even more when I found out it is baked and not fried.

    The recipe starts by making something similar to jalapeno popper dip.  It is then stuffed instead of the chicken breast and double breaded.  I love the double breading method because I didn’t have to use toothpicks to seal the chicken, the stuffing stayed inside easily because of the breading.  It didn’t even fall out during baking.  The chicken was awesome.  When I cut into it the cheesy jalapeno goodness just started oozing out.  The chicken was crispy and the addition of the spicy cheese inside was perfect.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken (adapted from A Taste of Home Cooking)
3 chicken breasts
4 oz. (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
1/2 shredded cheddar cheese
1 T. oil olive
3 jalapenos, chopped (seeds removed)
salt and pepper
1 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. cumin
1 egg

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
2.  Heat oil in a small skillet over medium high heat.  Toss in the jalapenos and cook 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese.  Mix until well combined.  Sprinkle in garlic powder and cumin and stir.

3.  Use a knife and cut 3/4 of the way into each chicken breast.  Spoon the cheese mixture into each pocket and flatten the mix so it is flush with the chicken breast. 

4.  In a shallow dish combine the breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper.  In another shallow dish beat the egg.  Dip the chicken into the breadcrumbs, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs again.  Place in the sprayed pan and drizzle with olive oil.

5.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170 degrees.  Remove and serve hot.

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Comments

  1. So glad you liked this. Seeing your post reminded me of this dish. I’m glad to know cooking the jalapenos beforehand helped make the filling delicious. Definitely making this again soon.

  2. That sounds like my kind of chicken!

  3. What a neat idea! A combo of some of my favorite flavors there so I know I’ll be trying this! Buzzed!

  4. This sounds so tasty! I haven’t had a popper in ages but I can only imagine how good it was stuffed in the chicken.

  5. I need to make this again – so good! :)

  6. That looks incredible!! We love jalapeno anything at my house!

    Stopping by from Tues at the Table

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