Chicken with Jalapeno Cream Sauce

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This easy chicken with jalapeno cream sauce is a filling and spicy new way to enjoy this lean meat for dinner. Keep reading and discover the best way to make juicy chicken right in your oven. Don't forget the homemade jalapeno cream sauce! Jump to Recipe

332 CALORIES 12g CARBS 10g FAT 43g PROTEIN
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If you are a fan of spice, you have to try this Jalapeno Chicken. It's so good. Tender baked chicken served with this dreamy jalapeno cream sauce that comes together in just a couple of minutes.  Also, jalapeno lovers, don't miss this Jalapeno Popper Chicken.

Whenever I get in the mood for something rich and indulgent for dinner, you'll catch me running across the street and purchase this insanely good jalapeno chicken pasta that is the stuff dreams are made of and sit on my couch and catch up on some TV.

Now that I am working on changing my eating habits, I like to turn to a dish like cheesy broccoli stuffed chicken breasts or something like today's recipe. This smothered chicken recipe is the perfect answer when I am knee-deep in those cravings.

So next time you are craving something indulgent, whip up this delicious chicken with jalapeno cream sauce! It is perfect all by itself, or you can add your favorite healthy side dishes for a dinner-time feast.

Keep reading and discover how to make this creamy chicken for yourself or your family. Whether you want something entirely different for your meal prep or you want a zesty new chicken recipe as an effortless weeknight dinner, this is the perfect one for you!

Jalapeno chicken breast with a creamy and spicy sauce on a plate a hand holding the plate.

Key Ingredients For Chicken With Jalapeno Cream Sauce

This recipe uses quite a few different ingredients that you can replace if you have allergies. It's so easy to customize it to fit your tastes or dietary needs.

  • Chicken Breast: Use either boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken breast tenders. If you use chicken tenders, just watch the cooking time and cook them for a shorter time. Alternatively, you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs with the fat trimmed off.
  • Jalapenos: If you want a mild flavor, use one poblano in its place or remove all of the seeds and center stem.
  • Onion: For this recipe, use minced onion - red, yellow, or white will all taste perfect in this recipe. To save yourself time, you can even use frozen diced onion.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves will taste best, but in a pinch, you can use garlic powder instead!
  • Flour: To make the roux for the creamy jalapeno sauce, I used all-purpose flour. A gluten-free replacement that you could use includes arrowroot powder or gluten-free flour.
  • Skim Milk: For a dairy-free alternative, use either almond milk or even coconut milk to maintain that creamy texture.
  • Nonfat Evaporated Milk: A dairy-free substitute for evaporated milk is coconut milk.
  • Parmesan Cheese: A substitute for parmesan cheese could either be Romano cheese or Asiago cheese.
  • Lemon: If you don't have a lemon, you can use jarred lemon juice instead.

Note: For a complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make this chicken with jalapeno, take a look at the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

What To Serve With Baked Chicken

This chicken recipe tastes fantastic all by itself! If you want to serve a healthy meal, then set the chicken and cream sauce on top of some cauliflower rice or brown rice. It would also taste delicious with some crispy roasted vegetables too.

This chicken and jalapeno recipe also tastes just as amazing the next day. Add this to your meal prep plan and warm up the leftovers later.

Recipe Tips And Ideas For Chicken and Jalapeno Cream Sauce

Follow these tips to make sure this creamy chicken recipe turns out perfectly every single time!

  • Make sure to use an oven-proof skillet when cooking the chicken. My favorite kind is a cast-iron skillet. These skillets last forever and are super-easy to clean. If you don't have an oven-safe skillet, you can cook the chicken on the stove and then transfer it to a casserole dish. It just makes a bigger mess.
  • Check the internal temperature of the chicken. Chicken needs to cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • If your roux is too thick, add the tiniest amount of milk or cream until it thins out to the texture you want.

Chicken breast with a crispy brown exterior topped with creamy jalapeno sauce and sliced green onions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Jalapeno Chicken Recipe

Here are some questions I often get asked about by some readers…

How long does this chicken stay fresh in the refrigerator?

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The chicken and cream sauce will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

How do I make the jalapeno sauce taste spicier?

You can always increase the spicy flavor by using more jalapenos or leaving a few more seeds in. If you can handle it, try adding a few tablespoons of diced habanero! That will really kick up the heat.

Is this chicken recipe keto-friendly?

There is some sugar in skim milk and evaporated milk, so this recipe is not entirely keto-friendly. If you are on a low-carb diet, I suggest replacing it with unsweetened almond or coconut milk. Then, use full-fat heavy cream instead of evaporated milk.

What can I use instead of chicken breast?

If it is a jam-packed evening, I understand if you don't want to spend time cooking the chicken breast! You can always use some shredded rotisserie chicken instead to make dinner meal prep go by faster.

This cream sauce tastes terrific with pork too. Try it on pork chops or some pork tenderloin.

Chicken breast with jalapeno cream cheese and green onions served on a plate with green onions.

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The Recipe
Creamy jalapeno chicken seared in a pan and topped with a jalapeno cream sauce on a plate.

Chicken with Jalapeno Cream Sauce

PREP TIME: 10 Min
COOK TIME: 30 Min
TOTAL TIME: 40 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 24 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 U jalapenos, seeded and minced (or 1 poblano for a milder flavor)
  • 2 tbsp onion, minced
  • 2 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp flour (or arrowroot for low carb and gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup canned nonfat evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 U lemon, juiced

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Instructions

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1

Preheat the oven to 350. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Chicken breast with salt and pepper.
2

Heat an oven proof pan over medium high heat. Add the vegetable oil. Once it is nice and hot, sear the chicken breasts on both sides and then place in the oven to cook for 20-25 minutes. You want the chicken to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees but cooking time might vary slightly depending on the thickness of the breast.

Chicken breast searing in a pan with salt and pepper.
3

Using a small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, jalapenos, and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Then whisk in the flour to create a roux.

Jalapenos, garlic, and onions cooking in a pot.
4

Turn the heat down to medium low and add the skim milk and evaporated milk. Cook for about 7 minutes until it begin to thicken. Turn off the heat and stir in the cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Evaporated milk being added to jalapenos in a pot to make cream sauce.
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Right before serving, squeeze the lemon over the chicken breasts and spoon the sauce over.

Chicken with jalapeno cream sauce on a plate with green onions and lemon on top.
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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 332
Calories from Fat 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
13%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 97mg
32%
Sodium 209mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 10g
Protein 43g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Notes

For true low carb use full fat dairy since there is some sugar in nonfat milk and nonfat evaporated milk.
† SmartPoints™ calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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