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Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Jalapeno Popper Chicken breast in a cast iron skillet is easy, cheesy, and delicious for any quick weeknight meal – especially those eating low-carb or keto. Topped with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and bacon – what’s not to love!

Overhead image of jalapeno popper chicken breast in a cast iron skillet.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

I shared this Jalapeno Popper Chicken photo in our cast iron Facebook group, and you all went crazy! I got so many comments and messages asking for a recipe. So, here it is! It’s a really easy and quick recipe, which I love. And if you’re someone who loves the taste of jalapeno poppers but hates the process of stuffing them, then this recipe is for you!

Overhead shot of finished jalapeno popper chicken breast on a plate with cilantro and skillet in the background.

How to make Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Step 1: Get your seasonings ready and preheat your oven to 350F. In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Your cream cheese should be room temperature and soft for easy spreading. In a small bowl mix together the spices for seasoning your chicken. Season your chicken on all sides before searing.

Step 2: Cook the 2-4 pieces of bacon in a 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat. This will start seasoning your skillet and provide the fat to sear your chicken in. Remove from the skillet to a paper towel lined plate and allow the excess grease to drain from the cooked bacon. Keep 1-2 Tablespoons of bacon grease in the skillet.

Collage image of the process and outcome of the jalapeno popper chicken recipe.


Step 3: Add the chicken to the skillet and sear on both sides for about 3 minutes. While searing the second side of the chicken, add a thick layer of the cream cheese mixture to the top of the chicken. Add slices of fresh jalapeno to the top.

Step 4: Bake and finish with bacon and cheese. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F by an instant-read thermometer. Top with additional cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, and cilantro.

Image of baked jalapeno popper chicken on a white plate with a cast iron skillet in the background.

How to handle the heat

Jalapenos themselves are not overly spicy. The heat comes from the seeds within them. By slicing and removing the seeds and membranes of a jalapeno, you substantially limit the amount of heat. If you like it hot – leave the seeds.

Canned jalapenos

You can use canned jalapenos for this dish. Simply drain the liquid from the can and chop the jalapenos into bite sized pieces. Then use a rubber spatula to mix the jalapenos into the cream cheese mixture. The taste will be a bit more subtle, and yet well incorporated by mixing into the cream cheese.

Overhead image of a 10 inch cast iron skillet with jalapeno popper chicken breast topped with cheese and bacon.

What makes jalapeno popper chicken low-carb or keto?

This dish uses high-quality fats such as those found in bacon and cheese. While the melting of the cheese can get crispy like a breading, there are only 3 net carbs in each serving and no actual bread or gluten.

What to serve with this chicken skillet dish

If you’re loving this dish for all the low-carb reasons, then be sure to dish up next to a fresh salad or even better – avocado fries. If you’re serving this chicken skillet meal with no need to watch the carbs, then cornbread or onion rings will be the perfect pairing!

Overhead image of jalapeno popper chicken breast in a cast iron skillet.
5 from 9 votes

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

An easy and spicy take on jalapeno poppers, but topped on chicken! This dinne recipe takes a delicious appetizer and makes it into an easy skillet dinner that's both delicious and low-carb.
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins

Equipment

  • 10-inch cast iron skillet
  • measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • tongs
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • gloves
  • papertowels

Ingredients

  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken breasts 2 breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 jalapenos sliced*

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Meanwhile, on a medium burner, heat the 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Cook 3 strips of bacon. When done, remove the bacon from the skillet to a papertowel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  • While the bacon is cooking, mix your dry seasonings together and season all sides of the chicken breast. One the bacon is done cooking, with 1-2 Tablespoons of bacon grease left in the skillet, add the chicken to sear on the top and bottom. This should take 3 minutes on each side.
    Seared chicken breast in a 10 inch cast iron skillet.
  • While the second side of the chicken is searing, mix the softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl. Use a spoon to layer the cream cheese onto the top of the chicken breast and shut off the stovetop.
    Process image of jalapeno popper chicken breast in the skillet before baking.
  • Using gloves and a sharp knife, cut your jalapenos into circle strips. Remove the seeds if need be for less heat. Top the cream cheese with slices of the jalapenos.
  • Bake the skillet in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Top with more shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, and/or cilantro. Each chicken breast can serve 2 people generally speaking.
    Overhead image of a 10 inch cast iron skillet with jalapeno popper chicken breast topped with cheese and bacon.

Notes

*You can use canned diced jalapenos instead of fresh jalapeno. Check the blog post for tips on how to incorporate the canned jalapenos instead. Recommended is a 4 ounce can pre-diced.

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 628mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1119IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 10 inch skillet, bacon, cheese, chicken, chicken breast, cream cheese, easy weeknight dinner, hot, jalapeno, keto, low-carb, Spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Katie Chase

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12 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try this!!
    Luckily I have all the ingredients on hand so this will be tomorrow’s dinner!!
    I would love the recipe for avocado fries.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe combines all my favorite tastes: spicy, creamy, cheesy, savory, and of course, bacon! It looks fancy, but making it is very straightforward, with ingredients I usually have on hand. It’s a keeper!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this dish tonight and it was fantastic! Everyone in my family said it was great! My husband said it was definitely a 5 star dish and asked where I got the recipe and then wondered if Katie could “hook us up” with more recipes!
    I will definitely be making this again and will be trying more of the recipes on this sight!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner, definitely giving it 5 star!! Entire family enjoyed it and asked for it to be made again. My husband wants me to try more of the recipes on this website!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe looks delicious! My husband loves anything jalapeño popper related. I have a huge block of cream cheese ready to make this recipe with!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this recipe 2 weeks ago and it was delicious. I’m making it again tonight for dinner but I’m going to double everything since we will be having guests

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