Monday, April 30, 2012

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Breasts

Y'all might remember that I love jalapeno poppers.  And I'm sure you remember when I came up with this fabulous pizza as a nod to my favorite spicy appetizer!  So it should come as no surprise when the idea for this dish popped into my head.  Of course, I might not actually be the first to do this, but I haven't seen it (though I also haven't gone looking, since this popped into my head and I made this for dinner the very night of my epiphany).  This is fabulous served with Firecracker Slaw and Sweet Potato Fries.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup diced jalapenos (pickled; if you use fresh, you might want to reduce this amount)
8 slices bacon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the cream cheese and jalapenos, mixing well.  On the underside of each chicken breast, spread a quarter of the cream cheese mixture.  Fold the breast over, creating a chicken bundle.  Wrap two pieces of bacon around the bundle, perpendicular to each other (forming a cross) and secure with toothpicks.  This does two things:  Holds the chicken bundle together, and keeps the cream cheese from oozing out (too much) during baking.  Alternatively, if you have large chicken breasts, you could cut a "pocket" into each breast and stuff the pocket with the cream cheese, then wrap with bacon and secure.  Either works fine.

Place breasts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through.  You could probably grill these too.  The possibilities are endless.  Just make them.  You can thank me later!

Serves 4.


  1. Yum! I've made something similar, but without the bacon. They're delicious!

  2. Kate, love this idea and might suggest that you add a subscribe by email feature to your blog for those of us who like to follow that way. I, for one, like the etiquette section as well as your recipes!

  3. looks good, everything is better with bacon

  4. Hi Kate, visiting from my Tummy Tuesdays. This sounds like it should be inspired by/as Buffalo Chicken Bundles. Ooooh, sounds good. Thanking you now instead of later. Have a great upcoming week-end.

  5. These looks delicious Kate! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I'm so excited! I have all these ingredients in my home right now. Dinner is in the bag!

  7. These look absolutely yummy. thanks for linking them in to Food on Friday. Have a great week.