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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

The other day when I made the slow cooker bacon wrapped apple BBQ chicken it reminded me of another bacon wrapped chicken dish that I wanted to make, bacon wrapped jalapeno popper stuffed chicken. The basic idea was to stuff the chicken with all of the flavours of jalapeno poppers and then to wrap them in bacon and grill or bake them. Jalapeno poppers are commonly filled with cream cheese and or cheddar cheese and they are either coated in bread crumbs and fried until crispy or wrapped in bacon and grilled or baked until cooked. Although I liked the sound of a crispy coating on the chicken the bacon wrapping was calling my name and I could not resist going with that option! For the filling I went with a simple mixture of cream cheese, cheddar and diced jalapeno peppers. The bacon wrapped jalapeno popper stuffed chicken tastes just like jalapeno poppers and makes for one really tasty light meal!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken
Mmmmmm... melted cheeese...

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

Chicken stuffed with jalapenos, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and wrapped in bacon; it's like chicken jalapeno poppers for dinner!

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 4 small chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 jalapenos, diced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 slices bacon
Directions
  1. Lay the chicken flat, season both sides with salt and pepper, place 1/4 of the mixture of the jalapenos, cream cheese and cheddar on the chicken and roll them up.
  2. Wrap each chicken breast up in 2 slices of bacon and place them in a baking dish.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated 400F oven until cooked, about 25-35 minutes.

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56 comments:

Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said...

I HAVE to make this for my husband sometime soon. We're trying to use up the last jalapenos from our garden this year - this would be perfect!!! Yum

vanillasugarblog said...

see now that's the way to do it.
little bit of everything to dress up the chicken

Michelle said...

This looks really delicious and a nice twist on a great flavor combination.

Brad said...

That sounds like dinner tomorrow night!

little kitchie said...

i grew up eating something just like this! thank you for the memory - i think it's time to revisit it!

PRBrown said...

Intriguing, and looks delicious!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wonderful! I love that tasty filling.

Cheers,

Rosa

Kimby said...

What a great idea! From the looks of your similar recipe referrals, it appears that you like jalapeno poppers as much as I do. :) Definitely on my "must make" list!

Carrie said...

Awesome. I am going to have to try this soon!

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...

Aaaaand I just died.

Pam said...

This chicken looks fantastic Kevin - everything is better with bacon!

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker said...

I'm not the biggest chicken fan, but I would totally clean my plate if I had this for dinner! Amazing!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Yikes! That one is really calling to me...

Natalie @ The Devil Wears Parsley said...

I just knew this was you when I saw the photo/description on foodgawker! You've done it again, Kevin! Looks deeeeelish!!

Ashli B said...

This recipe looks amazing. I love bacon wrapped jalapeños, so I know I'll love this!

OrGreenic said...

This looks like a great dinner for when want to indulge just a little bit. Thanks for the recipe.

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Right up my alley!

Andrea said...

Finally tried this today... Yum! Loved the taste. However I could not get the bacon to cook up nice and crispy. I baked the chicken for 30 minutes and it was still flabby. Then I put them under the broiler and they just barely got a little more cooked. I didn't want to keep going and risk burning them or drying them out. Any suggestions for crispy bacon next time? (Because there will be a next time!)

Nancy said...

Delicious! The bacon didn't crisp up as much as yours did, so I turned on the broiler, which helped a bit. The chicken still stayed moist and I might've eaten some of the cheese that spilled out and sat cooking in the bacon fat. Mmmm..

Kevin said...

Andrea & Nancy: I am glad you enjoyed them!

The bacon is not going to get really crispy but broiling it will help and since the chicken is wrapped in bacon you do not have to worry about drying out the chicken when broiling as the bacon will keep it nice and moist. If you want to get a crispier bacon, you could try sauteing the bacon wrapped chicken in a pan first.

This recipe would also benefit from being done on the grill where you can really get a nice crispy char on the bacon with the heat and flames of the grill.

regina said...

I found you on stumble-this looks awesome..on my to try right away list.

Regina...@cooking-with-mama.com

Anonymous said...

Any Idea on what to substitute the Jalapenos with?

Karim Habibi said...

Those look delicious. My family is having a party next week, I am going to need to make these! Yum.

Karim @ Denver Aiport Transportation

Kevin said...

Anonymous: You could use pretty much any kind of chili that you can get your hands on but adjust the amount based on the heat level of that particular chili. If it is that you cannot find fresh jalapenos, you could used pickled jalapenos. You should be able to find them in jars or cans in the Mexican section of most grocery stores.

Vedette said...

These were amazing. I cooked it up a little longer to give the bacon a crisp and my kids went crazy over them.

Faja said...

These were amazing. I cooked it up a little longer to give the bacon a crisp and my kids went crazy over them.

Anonymous said...

I fried the bacon alittle before i wrapped the chicken and it was nice and crispy.

Cathleen said...

Wow, this has almost every food I love. This sounds great!!

katiem030 said...

I came across this recipe and thought it looked like it would be decent, so I tried it. I decided to precook the bacon a little based on past experiences, so it crisped up nicely. Wow! It was even better than I expected! Definitely going to be making this again.

Mrskitty said...

I had some good quality, thick cut bacon and partly cooked it first....got my husband to make it for dinner tonight, and we both LOVED it! Couldn't be easier, or better! Thanks Kevin.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I have made this dish twice now. It is an awesome recipe and now has a place in our personal cook book. Thanks for the recipe!

to2sassy said...

I made this right away the first time I saw it and it was WAY better than I had even imagined it was going to be! Definitely a keeper!

Aimee said...

i just made this last night, and it was delicious. but how did you get your bacon so (at least in looks) crispy. i had to broil mine for about 5 minutes to get the tops cooked and then the bottom was still very chewy.

Leah Stowers said...

I made this for dinner last night. It was delicious and super easy, I bought thin sliced chicken breasts instead of pounding chicken breasts and it cooked faster and was a lot easier to make.

Kevin said...

Aimee: Glad you enjoyed it! I got the bacon you see in the photos just by baking it as in the directions. You do not want to use a thick cut of bacon for this recipe and broiling should help. You can also pre-cook the bacon a little, just until you can still easily wrap it around the chicken.

Amanda said...

Delicioussss!!!
Only thing is that all my cheese melted out :( so the only thing it was stuffed with was the remains of the Jalapenos!
How did you keep all that cheese so perfectly in there?!!

Kevin said...

Amanda: It can be a bit tricky but you need to wrap them well so that there are large holes for the cheese to go out. You can use toothpicks to help seal them up.

Andrea Williams said...

Tried this recipe today. The jalapeno's are great, flavor is nice, if you want some kick leave the seeds in.

Lisa said...

Made this tonight...we have been thinking about it for a week. It was marvelous! However, I should have read to the bottom of the comments to see the toothpick and NOT thick cut bacon tips. Regardless, I have been told to add this to our list of favorites! Thanks for your site Keven and all the work you do for the rest of us!! YOU ROCK!

Anonymous said...

I made this and also had trouble getting the bacon to crisp so I popped it under the broiler for the last 5-7 minutes. I used pounded chicken tenders and 1/2 strip bacon & secured with toothpicks. I rolled them the night before and baked in an au gratin dish. Next time I make them, I will use a cookie sheet with a 1/2" wall as I think it will get hotter and the heat will circulate better. All in all, they had a very good flavor and I will make again.

Summy said...

I wanna make this but every time i make anything wrapped in bacon, it seems the bacon comes out only half cooked. Nothing, and i mean nothing, is worse than taking a bite and getting a piece of bacon that isn't done. Ick pooey. Any suggestions? I thought about using precooked bacon strips ?

Jolene Carrera said...

I was craving a piece of chicken wrapped in bacon yesterday and after a Google search, I stubbled upon your recipe. Made it last night and all I can say is "It was to DIE for"!!!! Thank you for posting this delicious recipe on your blog! I'm looking forward to trying more of your recipes in the future!

Anonymous said...

Can these be cooked in an electric skillet? My bf loves my rattlesnake bites (jalepano poppers) and I know he'd love this too! Im trying to find recipes to cook in a hotel room using an electric skillet & crockpot. I hope this can work in an electric skillet.

Kevin said...

Summy: You can precook the bacon a bit, just enough that you can still wrap it and in the end of cooking, turn on the broiler to finish off the bacon. Don't worry too much about drying out the chicken since the bacon wrapping will help keep it moist.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: You should be able to do this completely in the skillet but you are going to want to make sure that the chicken is cut very thinly so that the inside gets cooked without the outside burning.

christopher said...

Hello Kevin,that bacon wrapped chicken looks so good, but my hubby isn't allowed to eat cheeses.
Can you recommend another stuffing i could use.
Be much obliged if you could.Rosemarie.

moe said...

they look Delicioussss, the only thing my wife can't handle spicy stuff very well

Julie said...

I usually agree with your jalapeno themed recipes, this was no exception. next time I'll precook the bacon a little bit more, but this was absolutely delicious!

M Dianne Grotius Berry said...

Tried something similar from the food channel. They were more like bacon baskets, formed and filled in a LADLE! It's taking longer than normal to bake.

M Dianne Grotius Berry said...

UPDATE: I think we have a new fetish here. Thanks for sharing. Like I stated, I used a ladle to form: 4 slices bacon, then one x-thinly sliced chicken breast/diced al dente veggies (broccoli, carrot, celery, onion,) slice provolone, the jalapenos, sea salt n' pepper.
After filling, I WRAPPED the bacon slices over the filling till it looked like a little woven package. Baked at 375, broil 4 minutes. ( I crisped up bottom in a skillet for a few minutes.) I sliced w/ tomato and shredded mozzarella. I'm going to try the cream cheese next time!

Anonymous said...

A DEFINITE WINNER!! found via google for a similar recipe, wished i'd had more filling! i had 3 good sized breasts & halved them before i thinned them out. grilled & finished off in the oven (once filling started oozing.) added scallions to the filling mix as well. one thing i will remember for next time (& like another commenter stated "there WILL be a 'next time'!") i will make sure the bacon isn't doubled up bc whatever is not exposed does not crisp. thanks so much for the great recipe! my hubby raved!

SenoraBartels said...

Thought this was delicious- next time I think I'm going to cut small strips of bacon and only put them on the top, since the bacon on the bottom didn't get crispy. Total winner, thank you!

Enloe Farms said...

My brother makes stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon. They are great, but too hot for me. These look like a GREAT (better) idea with the similar tastes. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for the share.

Anonymous said...

I didnt dice the peppers I halved them long ways, took out half of the seed and ribs(my husband and I enjoy spicy food and it gives it a bit more of kick than if you removed them completely) I filled the peppers with the Cream cheese and Cheddar mixture, rolled wrapped and baked as it says, IT WAS AMAZING! And stuffing the pepper halves seems to help keep the yummy gooey cheese mix inside the chicken. I didnt use bacon, as I think two different type of cheese is enough calorie loaded ingredients for one meal. It was still amazing! Next time I am thinking of doing just Cream Cheese and using a turkey bacon. Would that type of bacon work? I feel that with the lower fat content it might crisp better than regular bacon?

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Turkey bacon should work, just go for a thin cut rather than thick cut.

lisa matthews said...

I just want to add a note here... using fresh jalapenos is great, but they taste much better if you roast them first! Roasting really brings out the depth of flavor that you need with chicken and cheese.
Roasting is easy... just broil the peppers (after halving and seeding) skin side up until the skin starts to blacken and bubble. Then pop them into a ziplock bag or sealed container to steam for at least 20 minutes. When they're done, the peppers are nice and soft (and smell wonderful) and the skins just slip right off!
Give the recipe a try this way. I think you'll really love it!

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