We took one of our favorite appetizers and turned it into a delicious main course. One of the things we love the most about this Jalapeño Popper Chicken is that it requires only a few ingredients and is ready in minutes. But, don’t let the simplicity of it fool you – this recipe is full of flavor!

Make it a complete meal by serving it with our Smashed Red Potatoes or Cilantro Lime Rice.

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Jalapeño Popper Chicken Recipe Tips

+ Flattening the chicken with a meat tenderizer will help it cook faster and more evenly.

+ Softening your cream cheese beforehand will make mixing the topping together significantly easier.

+ Wearing thick rubber gloves while cutting the jalapeño can help you avoid the painful burning that’s commonly associated with this pepper.

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A plate of our quick and easy dinner recipe, jalapeno popper chicken, ready to enjoy.

Jalapeño Popper Chicken

We took one of our favorite appetizers and turned it into a main course. This Jalapeño Popper Chicken is made with simple ingredients but is full of flavor.


Yield: 2 servings
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  • Place the chicken breast on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Pound the breast with the flat side of a meat tenderizer until it is about 1/2" thick.
  • Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Place a medium non-stick pan over medium heat and heat the olive oil.
  • While the oil is heating, mix together the diced jalapeño, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chicken breasts to hot pan and cook one side until browned (5 - 7 minutes).
  • Flip the chicken and top with the jalapeño cream cheese mixture.
  • Cover the pan and cook until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees (5 - 7 minutes).
  • Remove the pan from the burner and top with crispy onions. Gently press to adhere.
  • Top with fresh chopped cilantro and enjoy!


If you want more fun twists for weeknight chicken recipes, check out our Buffalo Chicken recipe,  our Guinness Beer Chicken, and our Spinach Artichoke Baked Chicken.
Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 108mg, Sodium: 339mg, Potassium: 449mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 414IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 212mg, Iron: 1mg
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