Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breast
This is not your average chicken breast!
This Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breast is great for dinner!
Usually, my “go-to” meal is sautéed or baked chicken breast, steamed vegetables, and brown rice. Sounds like fun, right? Yea I know. When I cook for myself ( this may surprise you) I am pretty boring. Every now and then I may experiment or get a little crazy (and by a little crazy I mean spaghetti and fresh meatballs) with my meals. I’m not as adventurous for myself as I am for you. Mostly because I hate washing dishes for one meal for one person. It sucks. I usually bring out the big guns if my fiance is in town or I’m cooking for friends and family. However, this week I had an urge to get a “little crazy” with my chicken breast and try something different. You are going to think I am really crazy once you make this and try it. This Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breast is so good and so easy that you are going to make this and send me a message saying, “Girl, you have lost your mind!” I am going to politely respond to you and say, “I know”. This Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breast will rock your chicken breast world!
The great thing about this recipe is that you have most of the ingredients at home. I mean you may have to go out and buy Monterrey Jack cheese and some jalapenos but you can get those two ingredients for $5.00 or less! I know what you are thinking. You are thinking “Nicole, this is why I love your blog because everything is so easy and I have most of the stuff at home. You are the wo-man!” If you feel that way I will go ahead and respond to you now by saying “Ahhh shucks, thank you”.
- 2 boneless chicken breast
- 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
- ¾ c. Monterrey Jack Cheese
- ⅓ c. jalapeno peppers, diced and deseeded (about 3 small jalapeno peppers)
- 1 c. flour
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 2 c. plain bread crumbs
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- butcher twine or toothpicks
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
- Make a slit in the middle of each of the chicken breast, about an inch long. You don't want to make the slit too long where it will split the chicken breast. just long enough to make a pocket in the middle of the breast. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, use a wooden spoon and stir the cream cheese until creamy and smooth. Add the Monterrey Jack cheese and diced jalapeno peppers and stir until well combined.
- With your hands, take a generous amount of the cheese mixture and stuff it inside of each chicken breast. You don't want to over stuff the chicken to the point where you can't close the chicken breasts but get as much cheese mixture inside as much as you can.
- Now that the chicken breasts are stuffed, use two pieces of butchers twine to wrap around the chicken breast to secure the cheese mixture. Double tie the twine, make a knot, and cut off the loose pieces of twine. If you do not have butchers twine, use a couple toothpicks to stick through the open part of the chicken breast to secure the cheese mixture.
- In separate plates, lay out the flour and bread crumbs. Place the whisked eggs in a shallow bowl or plate. Take each chicken breast and coat with the flour first, the egg, and then the bread crumbs. Make sure that each chicken breast is evenly coated with each addition.
- Once coated, place a large saute pan on the stove with medium high heat, drizzle the pan with the olive oil, and once the oil is ready saute each chicken breast for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place inside the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes and allow to cool before serving.