Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake

This Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake is made with juicy flavorful chicken breast topped with crunchy bacon, gooey cheddar cheese, and spicy diced jalapeños, then baked to a bubbly, golden perfection.

A piece of our chicken from the Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake on a plate next to a salad.

Have you ever eaten something that just blew your mind? That was this chicken dish for me! I have always loved jalapeño poppers but felt like they weren’t suitable for dinner alone. Well, thats where this baby comes in. It has a delicious creamy layer of robust flavors and is so hearty and tasty. It takes less than 10 minutes to have this baby prepped and in the oven!

How spicy is this jalapeño dish?

This answer can be entirely up to you. We choose to use mild, canned jalapeños so that my kids will enjoy it. If it gets too spicy, they are out. Id using fresh jalapeños, be sure to scrape out all the seeds before dicing and adding to the cheese mixture. If you are looking for some spicy, leave them in! Canned jalapeños come in a variety of spice levels, so go with whatever you and your family prefer!

Can I use canned jalapeños?

Absolutely! In fact, we recommend it for this particular recipe. I don’t always have jalapeños on hand, so it’s so easy to grab a can of these babies from the pantry whenever the mood strikes for this palate-pleasing entree. They taste great mixed in with all the other ingredients and portion is perfect. Plus – its a time-saving step that sometimes you just need!

The ingredients for the Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake laid flat on a brown placemat.

Ingredients for our Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake:

  • Bacon
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Diced Jalapeños
  • Cream Cheese
  • Chicken Breast

How to make our Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

In a baking dish, arrange the chicken breast in a row. (Be sure to use thin piece of chicken. Thicker pieces will significantly change the time it takes to cook. I like to look for the ‘thin-sliced chicken breasts’ at the grocery when I go so that work is already done for me. If, you can either butterfly your chicken or cut in half.)

Raw chicken in a white baking dish next to a clear bowl with cooked bacon, diced jalapeños, and shredded cheese.

In a small bowl, mix together cooked bacon bits, canned jalapeños, 1/2 cup of cheese, and a block of room temperature cream cheese. Stir until completely combined.

The shredded cheese mixture all mixed up in a clear mixing bowl next to raw chicken in a baking dish.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the chicken. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 40 minutes. (Or until chicken is completely cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 F.)

The Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake ready to be baked.

Remove from oven and serve! Garnish with more diced jalapeños, diced cilantro, or sour cream!

A final shot of the Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake after being cooked and before being served.

If you enjoy one-dish dinners, check out these few below for great weeknight go-to’s!

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Yield: 4-6 Servings

Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake

Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake

This Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake is made with juicy flavorful chicken breast topped with crunchy bacon, gooey cheddar cheese, and spicy diced jalapeños, then baked to a bubbly, golden perfection.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 8 ounce block of Cream Cheese
  • 4 ounce can diced jalapeños
  • 8 ounces diced, cooked bacon
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 1.5 pounds Chicken Breast

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Place thin-sliced chicken breast in a oven-safe cooking dish, with enough room when they aren't overlapping.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the jalapeños, diced bacon, shredded cheese, and cream cheese.
  4. Top the chicken breast with the cheese mixture.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 F.
  6. Remove from oven and serve!

Notes

Use thin-sliced or butterflied chicken breast for even cooking!

Chicken must be completely thawed!

Use fresh jalapeños, but scrap all seeds out before dicing to minimize spiciness.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 584Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 973mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 55g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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2 thoughts on “Jalapeño Chicken Popper Bake”

  • I made this dish for supper the other night. It turned oit beautifully. I did cut the chicken in strips prior to cooking, to shorten time and help keep the thickness about the same. I added some minced fresh garlic and smoked paprika to the cream cheese and 2 TBS light mayo, to make the mixture a bit more flavorful and spreadable. It was easy peasy and my family really enjoyed it!

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