Last summer, while making Jalapeno & Cream Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes I thought – I should stuff this filling into a chicken breast and grill it! And I did a few weeks later. BUT there was a little problem with the stuffing. It kinda oozed out.
I thought of that the other day as I was reviewing my notes, and decided to try it again. Thinking about the Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers I make, I decided to wrap my chicken breasts in bacon to help hold in the filling. I also decided to chill the filling prior to stuffing the chicken.
I am happy to report “mission accomplished!” As you can imagine, this was de-li-cious! The taste of grilled food with the pop of the jalapeno cream stuffed inside the chicken and wrapped in crispy salty bacon – oh my gosh…did I mention bacon!! I served these beauties alongside corn stuffed tomatoes and zucchini fritters. Yummalicious!
My mom was very happy — she popped over for a swim and discovered it was dinner time. Hey…food is love right? Who do you love? Invite them over and whip this up. I’m thinking, after they clean their plate, they just might love you a little bit extra!
Bacon-wrapped chicken is flavorful, stuff with jalapenos and BAMMO! it's great.
- 2 jalapenos, quartered (more or less according to your preference - we like it hot so I include the seeds and stems)
- 8 oz of cream cheese
- 5-6 chicken breasts
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 6-12 strips of raw bacon (depends on the size of your chicken breasts)
- Cut the jalapeños into quarters, discarding the top, stems and seeds. (I do use the stems and seeds for added heat - your call).
- Pulse in your food processor until minced, then add in the cream cheese and pulse until combined.
- Scrape into a small bowl and pop into the freezer for 20 minutes or so.
- Prepare chicken breasts by slicing a pocket lengthwise down the length of the chicken.
- Season chicken breast with salt and pepper on all surfaces.
- When ready to stuff, place a good amount of filling inside each chicken breast, spreading it out along the whole pocket with your fingers, then mash it in place (Note: It is OK if the breast does not close fully).
- Wrap two slices of bacon around the entire breast.
- Place on your Char-Broil grill and cook over medium-high heat, about 8 minutes per side - more or less depending on the thickness of your chicken - until the internal temperature reaches approximately 160°F.
- Remove and allow the chicken to cool for a few minutes before serving.
If you are not cooking this right away, place stuffed breasts into the fridge for up to 8 hours until you are ready to grill.
This recipe prepared for Char-Broil by Colleen Kennedy of SouffleBombay.com