Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Roasted Broccoli

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Jalapeno Popper Chicken
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IF you ever are on Pintrest looking for chicken recipes you will see a gazillion jalapeno popper chicken recipes along with titles that say “best chicken ever”. So after ignoring many of them curiosity sucked me in on Jalapeno popper chicken. I am typically not a “stuffed” chicken or pork chop guy. Id rather brine and cook it through and then top it with a sauce etc…

If you like jalapeno poppers you will like this recipe. Tangy cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese with spicy jalapeno bits. It just works. You could dice and crisp up some bacon even. A few tips on stuffing the chicken. Butterfly the chicken slowly to create a nice pocket and then close it up well. The cream cheese will melt right out. Also lightly salt your chicken before breading and stuffing it.

For a side I roasted some broccoli with garlic and tossed it with lemon juice and finely grated Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients
2 thick chicken breasts
2 jalapeno peppers (seeded and diced)
2 oz of cream cheese
1/4 cup of sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 panko bread crumbs
Taco seasoning
1 egg
Kosher Salt

Broccoli
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 lemon juices
1/4 cup of Parmsean cheese (fine grated)

Directions:
1. Fire up the oven to 375 degrees. While it is coming to heat take a small pan and add your panko bread crumbs and cook on medium heat until golden brown. Right before you remove from heat add about 1-2 tablespoons of taco seasoning to the crumbs. The heat will allow the spices to bloom. IMG_9990

2. Now in a bowl make your stuffing by seeding and dicing your jalapenos and combining with the cream cheese and fresh grated cheddar cheese. Add a touch of salt. IMG_9991

3. Butterfly your chicken slowly and carefully using short strokes with your knife as to keep a nice pocket with no holes. Stuff your chicken and close it with toothpicks. IMG_9993IMG_9994

4. Make a simple egg wash and have your Taco Seasoned Panko in another dish. Roll your chicken in the egg and then coat with the Panko mixture. Set in a baking dish.

5. Prepare your broccoli by cutting it up and mincing garlic and coating both with some olive oil. Dust with salt and pepper.

6. Add both dishes to your oven and cook for 30 minutes or until the chicken is done (165 degrees). When done remove your chicken and let it rest for a few minutes. While it is resting coat your roasted broccoli with some lemon juice and then dust with the Parmesan cheese.
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