Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Bacon wrapped jalapeno popper stuffed chicken breasts are tender juicy and literally popping with flavor! And they have all the goodness of creamy, spicy jalapeno poppers stuffed inside chicken breasts and wrapped in crispy bacon. 

José Update:

Speaking of jalapeños, do you remember José, Jose Jalapeño On Zee Deck?

Believe it or not, José is alive, well and producing peppers as I write this post. He’s sitting out on our deck for the third summer in a row?!?!

If you have been following along on Instagram, you already knew that José is alive, but he was near death a couple of times, while I was recuperating from my Melanoma surgery this past winter.

José spends the winter months in a special spot by the basement door. After my surgery, I couldn’t bend my leg for about a month, which meant I couldn’t get down the basement stairs to check on José. David did his best to try to care for him, but he had enough chores to do and José was left alone for days without water.

Jose Jalapeno of Zee Deck Before/After

Miraculously, José made it through the long winter, nearly dehydrated but still producing jalapenos. When spring came, I picked all of the tiny peppers off, gave him some fresh potting soil and a healthy dose of plant food, then sat him outside on the deck after the fear of frost. Slowly but surely, his yellow, wrinkled leaves began to green up and pretty soon blooms began to form.

José provides me with jalapenos, so naturally, I want to use them in recipes. I took inspiration from my Jalapeno Poppers and Jalapeno Popper Taquitos recipes to make these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts. I stuffed the ingredients from these two recipes inside chicken breasts and wrapped them in bacon. These chicken breasts are tender juicy and literally popping with flavor.

ingredients on a cutting board

How To Make Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, add cream cheese, cheddar, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, lime zest, lime juice, and jalapenos. Start by mixing with a fork and then press with the back of a spoon, until thoroughly combined.

Butterfly the chicken: Cut a pocket horizontally three-quarters of the way through the thickest side of each chicken breast.

butterflying the chicken breast

Fill each chicken breast with ¼ of the jalapeno cheese mixture.

stuffing inside chicken breast

Wrap 3 strips of bacon around each fillet place into a 9 x 12 baking dish.

I found the best way to do this was to lay three strips of bacon out onto a flat surface. Place the stuffed chicken breast on top and wrap the strips around the chicken. You can use toothpicks to secure it, but I didn’t find that the breasts really needed them.

stuffed breast on top of bacon strips
bacon wrapped chicken breast

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until bacon starts to crisp up and chicken is fully cooked.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts | All the goodness of creamy, spicy jalapeno poppers stuffed inside chicken breasts, and wrapped in crispy bacon. These bacon wrapped jalapeno popper stuffed chicken breasts are stuffed with wonderful jalapeno flavor. | TheMountainKitchen.com
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts | All the goodness of creamy, spicy jalapeno poppers stuffed inside chicken breasts, and wrapped in crispy bacon. These bacon wrapped jalapeno popper stuffed chicken breasts are stuffed with wonderful jalapeno flavor. | TheMountainKitchen.com
bacon wrapped jalapeno popper chicken breasts cut with knife

This plant is insane! It must be the fresh mountain air on the deck all summer that helps him get him through the hard winters in the basement. 

Jose Jalapeno on Zee Deck

I refuse to waste the peppers he produces. I asked for help with ideas on what to do with his peppers on Instagram and got some great ideas. Stay tuned for more recipes and email me any ideas that you would like to share!

Enjoy this chicken recipe!

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts | All the goodness of creamy, spicy jalapeno poppers stuffed inside chicken breasts, and wrapped in crispy bacon. These bacon wrapped jalapeno popper stuffed chicken breasts are are tender juicy and literally popping with flavor! | TheMountainKitchen.com
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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

These bacon wrapped jalapeno popper stuffed chicken breasts are tender juicy and literally popping with flavor! All the goodness of poppers inside chicken!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon wrapped, chicken, Jalapeno popper
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 621kcal
Author Debbie Spivey

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 ½ pounds)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ lime juiced + 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and minced
  • 12 strips bacon
  • fresh cilantro chopped for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, add cream cheese, cheddar, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, lime zest, lime juice, and jalapenos. Start by mixing with a fork and then press with the back of a spoon, until thoroughly combined.
  • Butterfly the chicken, by cutting a pocket horizontally three-quarters of the way through the thickest side of each chicken breast.
  • Fill each chicken breast with ¼ of the jalapeno cheese mixture.
  • Wrap 3 strips of bacon around each fillet place into a 9 x 12 baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until bacon starts to crisp up and chicken is fully cooked.

Notes

I found the best way to do this was to lay three strips of bacon out onto a flat surface. Place the stuffed chicken breast on top and wrap the strips around the chicken. You can use toothpicks to secure it, but I didn’t find that the breasts really needed them.

Nutrition

Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 835mg | Potassium: 632mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16% | Vitamin C: 14.7% | Calcium: 24.3% | Iron: 6.7%
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