The heat of the jalapenos, the oozing of the cheese, the salty bits of bacon, and the crispy crust make these jalapeno popper stuffed chicken breasts the best way to enjoy jalapeno poppers!
I remember the many trips to Sonic during my teenage years. It was sort of a tradition when we got together with my brother’s family. Head to Sonic, in what we called “the hoopty van.” But thinking back, I’m not sure what was “hoopty” about it. It was a full sized with a super nice interior van, that carried us all around, traipsing to the beach and around town. I guess that’s just the silly things teenagers come up with.
So on those trips to Sonic, others always got the jalapeno poppers. I remember thinking “gross”, but back then I was pickier then I am now, and didn’t eat much of anything outside of the cheeseburger, fries, and peanut butter fudge milkshake from there. Several years ago, we were back there and my husband ordered those jalapeno poppers. He encouraged me to try “just one bite.” I did, I was hooked, the rest is history!
I’ve seen this recipe all across Pinterest, as I’m sure many of you have. However, this one is a little different. Bacon, cream cheese, and sharp cheddar is added to the mix to really create a flavor that most everybody loves. I mean come on, cheese and bacon? I’m in!
What do you need?
8 thin boneless skinless chicken breasts (you can always pound them out to get them thinner – I did)
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 jalapenos chopped, seeds removed to cut out some heat
3 ounces cream cheese, room temp
½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup Italian bread crumbs
½ cup panko bread crumbs
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
What do you do?
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper.
Mix together your bacon, jalapenos, cream cheese, and sharp cheddar cheese. Set aside.
Mix together your bread crumbs in a shallow dish, and season with salt and pepper.
Put your lime juice and olive oil in another shallow dish.
Lay your chicken breasts out and spread 2 tablespoons of your cream cheese mixture in the center.
Roll your chicken breasts up and secure them with tooth picks, or like I did, I broke skewers into 3 pieces.
Dip your rolled chicken breasts into the lime juice and then the bread crumbs. Place on your greased or lined pan.
Do this until you’ve gotten all your chicken breasts, stuffed, dipped, and rolled up.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until your chicken is golden brown and the meat is no longer pink.