I love, love, love stuffed jalapeno poppers. It seems only fitting that I would eventually make jalapeno popper stuffed chicken! Of course, none for me, but I knew Dan would love them, and Éowyn enjoying them was an added bonus.
I have made jalapeno popper stuffed chicken before but never got around to posting the recipe. Funny because I took pictures too, but they were AWFUL. I can really see a difference in my food photography photos, especially from when I first started the blog. Cringe. Oh well, you have to practice to get better, and that is what I have been doing. It has been fun researching food photography because everyone has their own style. However, one thing is for sure, better photos=better results. People are more likely to click on a photo on Pinterest if it is attractive (I am guilty of this: judging a book by its cover.) It is marketing to the fullest extent, and people want to eat something that looks good.
This being said, I am pretty darn impressed with how these jalapeno popper stuffed chickens turned out. Of course the insides leaked out a bit, but I think if you threw the stuffed chicken into the fridge for a bit before cooking, it would help the insides from melting out. It wasn’t horrific, since I put parchment paper on and scooped the melted cheese onto the plate. But if you are really concerned, you can seal the chicken breasts better. For us: we don’t care, they will be eaten nonetheless!
- 5 chicken breasts (about 2 kg), rinsed
- 4 oz Philadelphia cream cheese
- 4 oz Philadelphia Herb and Garlic cream cheese
- ¼ tsp. paprika
- ¼ tsp. cumin
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- 10 slices of bacon
- 3 jalapenos, minced
- ⅛ cup Panko breadcrumbs
- ⅛ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (trust me!) and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheeses, cumin, paprika, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and jalapeno. Pour breadcrumbs into a shallow bowl or plate and stir to combine. Season accordingly if necessary (I usually add oregano and chili flakes but skipped out this time.)
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Using a sharp knife, cut a slit into each chicken breast (in the thicker part of the chicken.) They should open up to look like a "butterfly." Don't cut all the way through or you will have trouble keeping the mixture inside the chicken. Take the cream cheese mixture and evenly distribute it among the 5 chicken breasts. Secure the mixture in place by returning the chicken breast to its original form (closed.) Roll the chicken breasts into the breadcrumbs and wrap each breast in two slices of bacon. For added measure, you can secure the chicken with toothpicks but I found the bacon was enough.
- Place onto baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
Does this jalapeno popper stuffed chicken taste as good as it looks?! I wouldn’t know, but the family sure did gobble them down. Since I have made the recipe multiple times now I am safe to assume it is a keeper!
For a crispier bacon layer, broil the chicken for a couple of minutes when it is completed cooking. You want to make sure your chicken is completely cooked so there is no food poisoning worries. Otherwise, simple recipe that can be made on the grill, or in the oven like we did.