Jalapeno Popper Chicken

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Jalapeno Popper Chicken topped with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and jalapenos is a low carb and healthier way to enjoy your favorite jalapeno poppers! Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down

226 CALORIES 2g CARBS 5g FAT 37g PROTEIN
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This simple twist on Jalapeno Poppers made with chicken breast, cream cheese, diced jalapenos, and cheddar cheese. It's cheesy, spicy, and you will be licking your plate. We like to serve it with Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic Green Beans, or Baked Oven Fries

We’re keeping it simple today with this grilled or baked Jalapeno Popper Chicken. It couldn’t be any easier and is seriously delicious. Let’s talk about the players involved – fresh diced jalapenos, green onions, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. And no one would judge you if you added in some chopped bacon, just saying. Everything is baked on a juicy chicken breast to create a quick and surprisingly low-calorie meal with under 250 calories.

Worried about the spice level? You could substitute in some roasted red peppers for a spice-free version or use Poblano peppers for a milder spice. Regular bell peppers would also work and you could even use some shredded zucchini but you would lose the whole jalapeno popper theme. However with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and green onions – no matter what veggies you use, you are guaranteed a yummy dish.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken in a baking dish with fresh jalapenos and cheddar cheese on top.

Make Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta

Believe it or not, this dish can be easily converted into the most delicious creamy and spicy pasta recipe. Start by cooking your pasta until al dente and reserve some of the pasta cooking liquid. You will want about 2 ounces per person. Meanwhile, chop the chicken into bite size pieces. Season it with salt, pepper, and some garlic powder. Add it to a hot pan with a touch of oil or cooking spray. Cook until cooked through and set aside. Add the jalapenos and green onions to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until just tender. I like them to still have a little crunch.

Next, add the pasta and chicken to the pan. Stir in the cream cheese (you may need extra) and a little of the pasta cooking liquid. Stir until a creamy sauce forms. Lastly comes the cheese. Either stir it into the pasta or sprinkle it on top and cover for a few minutes for the cheese to melt. This is so so good!

How to Make Bacon Jalapeno Popper Chicken?

Needless to say, this chicken is super delicious with some bacon. To keep things on the lighter side, reach for some center cut bacon, turkey bacon, or chicken bacon. Simply cook it until crispy and then sprinkle on top of the chicken before serving. 

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

If you prefer dark meat, jalapeno popper chicken can easily be made with chicken thighs. Just adjust the cooking time based on the type of chicken thigh you are using. Boneless skinless chicken thighs cook more quickly than a bone-in thigh. Either way, make sure to remove the skin before cooking since it will get soggy under the cream cheese topping.

Can I make it crunchy?

Absolutely! A great option for adding crunch to this dish is with some breadcrumbs. Panko breadcrumbs will give you the most crunch. Simply sprinkle a thin layer on top after adding the cream cheese and jalapeno mixture. If you need a low carb option, you could sprinkle some finely chopped almonds on top. 

Chicken with jalapeno popper topping in a dish with melted cheese and jalapenos on top.

Tips for Making Jalapeno Popper Chicken

  • It's really easy to control the spice level in this dish. If you like things spicy, leave in the seeds when dicing the jalapenos. For a milder spice, remove the seeds and veins. You can also try different peppers. Poblano peppers have a milder heat than jalapenos and for no heat at all, just use a green or red bell pepper. For extra heat, add a serrano pepper to the mix or just add some chili powder or cayenne to the cream cheese mixture.
  • If you prefer to make a casserole style dish, start by layering in the chicken over a bed of cauliflower rice. Layer the raw chicken over the cauliflower rice and top with the cream cheese mixture. Baked for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Sometimes I make a little extra cream cheese and jalapeno pepper topping for this option. 
  • To make sure your chicken isn't overcooked, you may need to adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the chicken.  It's fine to add the jalapeno popper topping a little early so that the chicken doesn't overcook.
  • To ensure even cooking of the chicken, you may want to pound or slice the chicken into a uniform thickness. This will also speed up the cooking time.
  • For a bubbly and browned topping, broil the dish for the last couple minutes of cooking.
  • Any cheese will work for this recipe - part-skim mozzarella, pepper jack, Monterey jack, basically anything that melts well.
  • To make this dish really special, drizzle the whole thing with buffalo sauce when it comes out of the oven. Bar food at its best.

This recipe originally appeared back in 2015 but has been udpated with a video, new photos, and tips.

The Recipe
Jalapeno Popper Chicken with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapeno, and chicken breast in a casserole dish.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 25 Min
TOTAL TIME: 30 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, 4 pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp. green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

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Instructions

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Preheat your grill or preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

3

Grill it for 5-7 minutes per side or until cooked through. In the oven, place the chicken in a baking dish and cook for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through and juices run clear.

4

Meanwhile, mix together the jalapenos, cream cheese, green onions, and cheddar cheese.

5

For the grill – take the cooked chicken and place it on a piece of foil. Spread the cream cheese jalapeno mixture on top and return to grill. Close top with grill for 3-4 minutes until cheese begins to melt.

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For the oven – remove the baking dish and spread the cream cheese jalapeno mixture over the chicken. Return to oven and cook 8-10 minutes or until cheese I creamy and melted.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 85mg
28%
Sodium 223mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 37g

* 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.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Bake with melted cheese, cream cheese, and jalapenos.
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16 Comments
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Barbara Stoner
September 21, 2019 - 12:55
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One of the best recipes I’ve made in a long while. I Used chicken tenders and so reduce the initial bake time by a few minutes. I also coated my chicken in some ranch dressing powder and used pickled jalapeños instead of fresh. My husband and kids are still talking about it. The next day I shredded up the leftovers and ate it like a dip. So good.
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kathy
November 7, 2019 - 11:38
Just wondering you coated chicken in the dry ranch powder? also how does it change points? Thanks in advance for help!
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November 8, 2019 - 08:46
It will depend on the ranch powder you use and how much of it. If you used Hidden Valley, there are 6 points in the whole packet according to WW, so if you used half a packet that would add about 1 point to each piece of chicken. For most brands, it is about 1-2 points per tablespoon of seasoning mix.
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Christy
September 13, 2019 - 08:25
Has anyone ever used the pickled jalapenos in the jar? I'm going to make this tonight. Looks so good!
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Barbara Stoner
September 21, 2019 - 12:56
I used pickled jalapeños and it was fantastic! I did squeeze out some of the excess juice so it wouldn’t make it runny.
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Jill Moran
March 18, 2019 - 14:35
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This is one of our favorites! So good! If you devein and deseed the jalapeño it will not be spicy. Great recipe!
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Becky Hawkins
July 24, 2019 - 14:26
What did you make for the sides
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Olivia
October 30, 2018 - 11:39
I don’t have green onions HELP can I substitute- I’ve had this before and loves it
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March 18, 2019 - 10:18
You can just leave them out and add a touch of onion powder. Diced red onions would work too!
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Stacie
June 6, 2018 - 18:47
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This was absolutely delicoius ! Will for sure be making this again!
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February 15, 2017 - 19:37
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Easy, quick, and absolutely decadent! Thanks for this family-pleasing recipe.
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January 16, 2017 - 15:09
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This was good, quick, and easy. Husband loved it.
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March 5, 2016 - 06:51
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This will be come a staple at Catone Cottage - tons of flavor and so easy!
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Kriston Crisler
February 22, 2016 - 21:52
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Have made this twice already! Love it!
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Erin Fitzgerald
February 16, 2016 - 20:44
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This was delicious and we will be making it again!
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February 4, 2016 - 11:15
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Love this! Will most definitely be making again :)
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