I've had jalapeño poppers on my brain lately. Anyone else become obsessed with the TV show The Good Place? Jianyu the silent monk, aka Jason Mendoza from Jacksonville, FL, (Duuuuuuvaaaaalll!) has many cravings for jalapeño poppers throughout the show. I remember loving these little poppers years ago, but now they don't appear on too many take-out menus. Since I've been loving stuffing chicken breast with various ingredients these days, I thought I would try a jalapeño popper stuffed chicken!
The Stuffed Chicken Breast Series: An Easy, Gourmet Treat
But before I get into that, I'd like to welcome you to my Stuffed Chicken Breast Series. Yes, I'm going all in with stuffed chicken breast recipes. Some months ago, I posted an Easy Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu which is my mom's recipe and I've always loved it. So awesome. Now, I want to dedicate some time and attention to more stuffed chicken breast recipes and techniques.
For example, there are methods to choose from. The first is butterfly, stuff & fold, like my cordon bleu. Next option, slice down the top of breast to make a pocket, stuff crumpled tin foil into the pocket, sear it, then add the filling into the pocket. This seems like it will work if you have a creamier filling. Lastly, there is the rolling method: butterfly the breast, pound it thin, lay out/spread your filling onto the chicken, then roll the breast. For this type of technique your filling should lay flat and not be bulky. There are so many exciting combinations and methods to try! Also, yes, there are many more variations on how best to stuff your boneless chicken breast. These are simply a jumping off point!
Just six ingredients needed for this jalapeño popper stuffed chicken
This is so easy to make with a small list of ingredients that lead to big flavors. No toothpicks to contend with. All you have to do is mix cheese and peppers together, cut a pocket in the chicken, stuff the mix in the chicken and wrap it in bippety, boppity bacon! If you are a Jim Gaffigan fan you will appreciate that reference.
I prepared six chicken breasts for this recipe and could have easily cut the chicken pieces in half and that would have been enough for one portion. This entree pairs well with a nice salad or a side of veggies. It is a bit indulgent so pairing it with a lighter side dish is the way to go!
I hope you give this one a try! The presentation is very impressive and it'll be a sure-fire hit with jalapeño popper fans!Print