Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken
|photo from pin originating at CassieCraves.blogspot.com|
The recipe was super easy and so good! I did tweak it a teensy bit (my variations are in red) though to better fit our taste. I served this with sweet corn on the cob and pineapple chunks.
Here is Cassie's recipe... with my variations. Thanks, Cassie!!
Jalapeno Popper Stuffed ChickenSource: adapted from Allrecipes
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened I used fat free whipped cream cheese spread.
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese I used Habanero flavored cheese.
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
4 strips of bacon, diced I left the bacon out.
4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I used regular bread crumbs and seasoned them with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder) I didn't season the bread crumbs.
1/4 cup vegetable oil I left this out.
1. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels. I skipped this step because we didn't use bacon... Mike doesn't care for it much.
2. Stir together the cream cheese,
cheddar Habanero cheese, bacon, and jalapenos in a small bowl.
3. Cut a pocket horizontally through the thickest side of each chicken breast, and fill with 1/4 of the cheese mixture. Secure with toothpicks. Because it was just the two of us eating this, I cut the recipe in half. Also, Mike and I usually just split one chicken breast half. I was still able to cut a pocket, but I didn't use toothpicks to secure it. The pocket actually turned out being like a bowl for the cheese mixture.
4. Roll the chicken breasts in bread crumbs to coat. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 8 minutes per side. If your chicken breasts are thick, like mine were, they can be finished in a 350-degree oven. I didn't fry my chicken. I just placed the stuffed chicken on a lightly greased baking sheet and baked at 375° for about 20-30 minutes, until done.
It was really good! Mike and I both agreed that we will definitely be having this one again! On a side note, Taylor tried corn on the cob for the first time and LOVED it! she was super cute eating it, too :o)