Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken is a low-carb meal that dreams are made of. Boneless chicken breasts stuffed with cream cheese, chopped jalapenos, and shredded cheese, and then wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection. Topped with a homemade cilantro-lime crema, chopped tomatoes, and cilantro, this is a meal the whole family will love!
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Are Jalapeno Poppers keto?
As long as they are not the breaded and fried version they are.
There are a couple ways to make jalapeno poppers keto.
#1 – Leave the breading off and bake them in the oven, or use an air fryer.
#2 – Use a keto-friendly breading like almond flour or crushed pork rinds and shallow fry in a keto-friendly oil like avocado, coconut, or olive oil.
Jalapenos on their own are low calorie and low carb, as well as the cheeses you use to make jalapeno poppers. If using Ranch dressing make sure to grab a keto-friendly Ranch, or make your own homemade!
Now let’s take that info and make a dinner recipe shall we?
This recipe is one that I have had in my back pocket for years!
I have no idea why I haven’t posted it up until now. It is the perfect keto dinner idea. I didn’t have to edit a thing to bring it from my carboholic life to my low-carb life.
Like I said, perfect!
It is also perfect because literally everyone that tries it loves it.
When you are feeding a wide range of people, each with different diets or tastes, it is hard to find one thing that everyone loves. This my friend is that thing!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO POPPER CHICKEN
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.INGREDIENTS
- Cream cheese
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Jalapeno pepper
- Mexican seasoning blend
- Ranch dressing mix
- Pink sea salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Cilantro Lime Crema
- Fresh cilantro
- Roma tomato
HOW TO MAKE BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO POPPER CHICKEN
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place a metal cooling rack on a baking sheet. Place the cubed cream cheese, shredded cheese, jalapeno, Mexican seasoning, ranch dressing mix, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together.
Place a chicken breast into a gallon-size zipper-top plastic bag and use a meat mallet, or rolling pin, to pound the chicken breast out to between a quarter-inch and half-inch thickness. *See Notes
Place 1/4 of the creamed cheese mixture in the center of a chicken breast and carefully roll it up around the mixture making sure that the cheese mixture is completely covered by the chicken. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts. Season each stuffed breast with salt and pepper.
Starting at one end of the stuffed chicken breasts, wrap a slice of bacon around it and then another slice of bacon picking up where the last slice ended. You can secure the stuffed breasts with toothpicks if necessary.
Place each stuffed breast on the rack on the baking sheet making sure to leave space between them. Place the baking rack in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and raise the oven rack to the upper portion of the oven. Carefully broil the stuffed chicken breasts until the bacon begins to crisp, about 2 to 4 minutes. *See Notes
Drizzle the stuffed breasts with the cilantro lime crema and top with chopped cilantro and tomatoes (optional).
FAQS ABOUT BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO POPPER CHICKEN
Is this Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken really spicy?
We all know that jalapenos can be a gamble so it will depend on the jalapenos you purchase. If you are not a big fan of spice 1/2 jalapeno should be good. If you are like us and really love the heat just chop the whole jalapeno up, seeds and all, and throw it in the mix.Can I make this recipe with chicken thighs?
I have never tried so I cannot say for sure one way or the other but if you can find thighs of the same size trim them and pound them out a bit I think they would work.How do I store the leftover Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken?
You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze them for up to 3 months.
Last thoughts about Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken
One quick note I wanted to add here is to be careful when chopping those jalapenos.
I made the mistake of chopping and then rubbing my face and YIKES! I know better than that but just wasn’t thinking. So, either wear gloves or make sure to wash your hands really well before you touch your face!
If you don’t have gloves you can put your hands inside ziptop baggies. I usually just use one on the hand holding the peppers.
Also, I use regular bacon, not thick cut, for this recipe so it can render and crisp up in the time it takes to cook the chicken.
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- Keto Cheddar Jalapeno Meatballs
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