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Side view of stuffed chicken breasts on a black tray, with the cheese mixture oozing out.

Creamy Jalapeño Stuffed Chicken

Creamy Jalapeño Stuffed Chicken combines a pounded out chicken breast, stuffed with a cream-cheese and jalapeno mixture, rolled in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, and then baked to perfection. Just the right amount of spicy!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword jalapeno stuffed chicken
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 315 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts (or four large breasts) - butterflied and sliced in half
  • 8 oz. light cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup bacon pieces - can use pre-cooked
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 large jalapenos - leave seeds in 1/2 of one jalapeño
  • 1 large lime - squeezed
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cups shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper - to taste

Instructions

  1. Prep the chicken breasts by trimming all visible fat and cutting in half (via butterfly method). You want the breast to be thin but have a large surface area. You will end up with eight, flat, thin chicken breasts. Lightly season the breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare the filling. Microwave the pre-cooked bacon for a minute or so. Dice and add to medium sized mixing bowl. Add cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Slice the jalapeños in half, seeding (use gloves!) all but one half of one pepper. Dice the jalapeños into small chunks and add to mixing bowl. Combine all ingredients. Since there are 8 (halves) chicken breasts, divide the cream cheese mixture into 8 sections.
  3. Prepare the prep bowls. In one, you will have the olive oil and freshly squeezed lime. In the other bowl, combine the Panko bread crumbs, the seasoned bread crumbs, and the parmesan cheese.
  4. Assemble the stuffed chicken: Take each chicken breast (half) and place one section of the cheese/pepper mixture on top, and roll chicken breast. Then dip it in the oil and lime juice mixture, and then in the bread crumb/parm cheese mixture. Lay on baking sheet and secure it with a toothpick (so it doesn't un-roll).
  5. Repeat this process for all 8 chicken breast halves. Bake on 375 degrees for approximately 25 - 30 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken breasts, or until it reaches 165 degrees.

Recipe Notes

Time savers:

  1. Ask your butcher to butterfly and pound your chicken breasts.
  2. Prep the chicken up to stuffing and rolling. Store in refrigerator in airtight container, and then coat them and bake when ready.

Other tips:

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Jalapeño Stuffed Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 100mg33%
Sodium 550mg24%
Potassium 542mg15%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.