Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

It all started with the jalapenos. A pint of them at the grocery store - easily 8 or 10 peppers - for just $1.99! I had no real use for 8 or 10 jalapenos, but nonetheless, I was instantly sold. I went home with my little peppers and started cooking up a plan. Jalapeno Popper Chicken - a favorite dish, reinvented. Perfect!

Well....it is perfect NOW.... But when I first tried out my idea it was awful! It was so incredibly spicy that my eyes were watering, my nostrils were burning, and my entire face felt like it was on fire! Maybe it's because I was trying to eat quickly so I could go pick up the kids from a friend's house....or maybe it was the FOUR fresh jalapenos I put in the sauce....but whatever the problem, it was clear that my reinvention needed reinventing!

When I went to pick up the girls, their friends' mom noticed my flushed cheeks and asked if I had gotten a facial after dropping them off. Nope, just some way-too-spicy jalapeno sauce, I told her. Ha! So much for my perfect plan!

But not to worry.....I did what I've done a lot lately! I FIXED IT...and it is DELICIOUS!! Because the last thing I was about to do is let a bunch of $1.99 jalapenos get the best of me....! (Now what to do with the 4 peppers I still have left......? We will have to wait and see.....)

Jalapeno Popper Chicken
3-4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 c. panko bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbsp. milk
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese blend

2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
pepper, to taste
1 1/2 c. milk
8 oz. Philidelphia Jalapeno Cream Cheese 

For Chicken:
1. Combine egg and milk in small bowl. Dip chicken breasts in egg-milk mixture and coat with bread crumbs. 
2. Bake in a shallow pan at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
3. Top with shredded cheese and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

For Sauce:
1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. Whisk in flour, salt & pepper.
3. Add milk and cook, stirring, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Continue stirring and cook 1 minute more.
4. Remove sauce from heat and stir in cream cheese until it is completely melted.

Spoon sauce over baked chicken and top with fresh jalapeno slices. For less heat, remove seeds from jalapeno.


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  1. this looks amazing... we eat a lot of chicken over here and i'm always looking for new ways to prepare it... can't wait to try it... i'm a fan of anything with cream cheese :) hope you're having a great week!

  2. Yum. This look delish. I just pinned it so that I can make it sometime. Thank you for sharing. And hte "rita" looks good too.

  3. I love jalapenos - or anything spicy. I have to make this - May 5th sounds like the perfect day!!!

  4. This looks so yummy! I hope you share it at Pinworthy Projects this week!

  5. Ha, sort of funny that you looked like you had a facial! So we sort of think the same in terms of sauces, chicken and jalapeños! I can't resist this combo, I'd risk the watery eyes and flushed face!

  6. Now this looks amazing! Can't wait to serve it to my family! Beautiful photos.

  7. Oh yum yum yum...I love anything jalapeno and this looks awesome!


  8. Oh yum! I am totally a sucker for spicy foods! This chicken looks a-mazing and can't wait to see what you are going to do with those other 4 peppers. :)

    Krista @joyfulhealthyeats

  9. Oh this sounds so tasty! I hated jalapeños until I met my husband - now I'm a huge fan! Plus, I'm always looking for new ways to cook chicken. Pinning to try soon! Thanks for sharing!

    Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

  10. Beautiful photos, Cathy! I think I am going to have to try out this chicken too, as my hubby loves spicy food. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Yummy! I'm hosting a new linky party at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/efforts-and-assets-linky-party-1.html

    I would love to have you!

  12. looks yummy and pinned! Stopping by from Adorned From Above's Linky Party. :)


  13. Kathy,
    Funny story, but I can picture it! I Love this recipe and can't wait to make it. I am featuring you on Thursday's post. Thanks for sharing.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  14. Ooooh man, this looks delicious! :) I've pinned it to my "I Feel Like Chicken Tonight" board. What a clever idea! I followed you from the Cast Party Wednesday link party, by the way. I also run a Tasty Tuesdays link party on my blog & I'd love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here's the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/Tasty-Tuesdays-Link-Party-9.html

  15. What could be better than creamy sauce and jalapeños? I am not sure! This looks great!

    Thanks for dropping this off at the In and out of the Kitchen link party! I ca't wait to see what you come up with next week!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBIg.com

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  17. This looks yummy, thanks for sharing! (I found you at Diana Rambles!) I've pinned this recipe to my Pinterest board "My Jalapeno Love Affair"....... love anything jalapeno! :) Jill @MamaGing.com

  18. This looks so yummy!Holy Jalapeno!Hope to see you again this week! Thanks for sharing & linking up at DearCreatives.com Theresa

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