Jalapeno Popper Chicken

I’m sure that you’ve heard the saying (or something along its lines) that marriage is two people coming together as one.  Ain’t nothing truer, folks.

I can tell you from experience, that after being married for almost 5 years, my husband is more like me and I more like him.  It’s like Freaky Friday: Spouse Edition.

He used to hate cilantro, now he loves it.

I used to love spice and heat, now a touch too much of spice brings me to tears.

This Jalapeno Popper Chicken (which I found at this amazing blog) is right on that edge for me.  The heat from the jalapeno blends so well with the sweet creaminess of the cream cheese, that it all comes together perfectly, like a marriage (see what I did there? 😉 ).


Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Yield: 2 Servings


  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • ½ cup panko style breadcrumbs
  • 1½ to 2 teaspoons taco seasoning (or mixture noted below)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced


Preheat oven to 375˚F and place an ovenproof rack on a baking sheet (a toaster oven rack works well here).  Spray the rack with cooking spray.

In a small fry pan over medium heat, combine oil and panko breadcrumbs and cook until golden and crispy, making sure to stir often.  Place in a shallow bowl, add taco seasoning, and mix to combine.

In a separate shallow dish, lightly beat egg.

In a separate dish, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and minced jalapeno.

Cut a pocket into the side of each chicken breast until it is almost butterflied. Lightly season with salt and pepper.  Stuff each chicken breast evenly with the cream cheese mixture.  Use toothpicks to secure the chicken breasts, if necessary.

Dip each breast in the beaten egg, and then coat evenly with the panko breadcrumbs.  Place on the baking rack and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

Note:  To make your own taco seasoning, use the following combination of spices:  4 parts chili powder, 2 parts cumin powder, 1 part garlic powder, 1 part onion powder, 1 part red chili powder, 1 part oregano, 1 part paprika, salt and black pepper to taste.


16 responses

    • Thanks Asiya! 🙂
      I had it pinned for quite some time too, but lately I’ve been going through my pins on Pinterest and actually trying them out! This one is really delicious, and the amount of cheese is actually lower than what I had expected too. I’m sure you can reduce it, but it was perfect for me because the chicken breasts I have are very thick.

  1. loved your analogy 🙂 I bought some jalapeños and cheese balls from superstore few weeks back and they were super yummy and I was thinking if I can make something similar but in larger size too. Yours is I guess just the thing .. I am definitely trying them. Thanks for the post !

  2. Never been married , but I can agree 😛 But to become more like the other, you actually have to respect your partner, and make compromises, which sadly many don’t. Anyway that chicken looks so good. I just wish Jalapenos were locally available here, unless I buy the canned stuff. 😉 x

  3. I have been married about 4 years now and as time goes on, i am noticing we are both not as rigid as we used to be. We both like to try out new restaurants, new cuisines, new food now 🙂

    My son refuses to eat chicken but he likes cheese. maybe he would like this. And if he doesn’t eat it, MORE for me…lol 😛

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  5. I’ve had this recipe open in a window on my phone since you posted it and I still haven’t had the chance to let you know how much I’m looking forward to making it this summer.
    I’ve shared it with so many

  6. I’ve had this recipe open in a window on my phone since you posted it and I still haven’t had the chance to let you know how much I’m looking forward to making it this summer.
    I’ve shared it with so many people now, I’m yet to give it a go! Everything about it is perfect – crunch to spice. Just yum! 🙂

    • You’re so sweet Fati 🙂 I totally forgot that you’re in the middle of summer now! Totally not fair! We’re sitting here in a foot of snow, while you’re lucky enough to be able to lounge in the sun 🙂

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